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Naaq – Songs of Grief and Solace


Naaq—Hebrew for “to groan”—is a biblical and visceral response to slavery, poverty, violence, and other brokenness in people and in the world. Composer, pianist, and professor Dr. Krystal J. F. Grant’s career has broadened from giving lecture-recitals in elementary schools of her hometown, Birmingham, Alabama to presenting multimedia installations in New York City. Teaching in after-school programs, a homeless shelter, a senior center, and college classrooms has taught her ways music reckons with society’s brokenness.

Dr. Grant brings that reckoning with brokenness to this concert, which creates space for grieving and consolation through readings of biblical Psalms and music of slaves and their descendants. Featured psalmists will be the sons of Korah, who wrote and led songs about depression, beauty, and justice during King David’s time and for generations afterward. Krystal J. F. Grant will perform and improvise on spirituals and piano solos by African-American composers Scott Joplin, Harry Burleigh, and herself.

Naaq will be held in the sanctuary of Faith Lutheran Church, Friday, July 6th, at 7pm, and is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Director for Worship and Music, Kevin Anderson, at 530-895-3754, or via email.

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Earlier Event: July 1
Combined worship
Later Event: July 8
Combined worship