Brick Presbyterian’s 100th Performance of Stainer’s ‘The Crucifixion’

By Afton Wooten

The Brick Presbyterian Church continues its 2023–24 Worship & Arts series with a Good Friday worship service featuring its 100th performance of John Stainer’s oratorio “The Crucifixion.”

Baritone Malcolm Merriweather and tenor Jeffrey Taveras serves as soloists with the Chancel Choir. Raymond Nagem conducts the church’s orchestra, in the arrangement by Barry Rose.

The Brick Church began performing “The Crucifixion” in the early 1920s, and this year will mark the 100th year of this tradition.

“Stainer’s music tells the story of Jesus’ sacrifice and humanity’s redemption with dramatic solos, choruses, and hymns sung by the entire congregation,” Nicky Karrs, the Media Specialist of the Workship & Arts program, told OperaWire via email. “Its enduring popularity, even after all these years, testifies to Stainer’s skill in painting the text, most famously in his sublime unaccompanied setting of “God So Loved The World.”

The service taking place March 29 at 12:15 p.m. is free and open to the public.