2017-03-23 / Faith


Choir program includes premiere

The Cal Lutheran University Choir is on its annual spring choral concert to Lutheran churches in the Midwest before a final performance at home. The tour kicked off March 18 in Evanston, Ill.

Remaining performances will take place March 23 at United Lutheran in Red Wing and March 24 at Westwood in St. Louis Park, where CLU will host a reception.

The Women’s Chorale will join the choir for the final concert at 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 28 in Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The choir will premiere “a girl” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Based on an anonymous Yiddish text, he wrote the composition in honor of the 90th birthday of Clara Knopfler, a Holocaust survivor from Thousand Oaks.

CLU’s Clara Knopfler Jewish Leadership Scholarship was named in honor of her contributions to Jewish life on campus.

Included in the program is “Statements,” an a cappella work composed for women’s voices by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen Holmgreen.

The Kingsmen and Regals quartets will sing close harmony a cappella arrangements. Several vocalists will double as instrumentalists accompanying the choir on violin, trumpet and percussion.

The major work on the program is “Gloria” by French composer Francis Poulenc.

Wyant Morton, CLU director of choral activities, will conduct.

For more information, call the music department at (805) 493- 3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu.

Temple celebrates Scout Shabbat

Scout Shabbat will be celebrated in the round at 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 14 in the Temple Etz Chaim social hall, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Scouts of all ages may participate in the service and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

To have a part in the service, send an email by April 5 to rebecca@templeetzchaim.org.

For more information, call the temple at (805) 497-6891 or go to www.templeetzchaim.org,

Mystery writer talks murder in the Bible

Acorn columnist Sally Carpenter will give a PowerPoint presentation titled “Thou Shall Not Kill: a Mystery Writer Looks at Sin and Redemption” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tues., March 28 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Cosgrove Center, 13955 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark.

The talk, part of the University Series adult education program that runs during Lent, will discuss the nature of sin and Satan, what the Bible says about murder, the psychology behind criminals and the worldview of mystery stories.

Admission is $8, which includes refreshments and one free guest pass.

Carpenter writes the Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers. She has published four mystery novels and mystery stories in two anthologies. She also wrote a chapter in the group mystery novel “Chasing the Codex.”

For more information, go to http://theuniversityseries.org.

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