5/19 Earth Mass - Paul Winter's Missa Gaia

A child care worker will be present from 9:00am - 11:30am.

The St. Luke Choir, with soloists, instrumentalists, puppets, masks, dancers, and the voices of humpback whale, tundra wolf, harp seals, and rainforest birds, all join together in this haunting and evocative environmental liturgy in celebration of Mother Earth. First presented at St. Luke in 2017, it was met with so much excitement then, that it is returning on May 19.

In Missa (Latin for worship service) Gaia (Greek for Mother Earth), recordings of humpback whale, tundra wolf, harp seals, loons, and rainforest birds are woven throughout, often forming the melodies that are taken up by human voices. Co-written by Paul Winter and members of the Paul Winter Consort in 1982 for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, this stunning work has become a beloved annual tradition at the Cathedral ever since.

In addition to the thrilling music, our sanctuary will be filled with movement—masks and puppets, created and brought to life by the youth of St. Luke, and Tamara Rogers with her troupe of dancers. Joining the choir will be an ensemble of soprano sax, oboe, English horn, cello, guitar, organ, piano, and percussion. Jen Burleigh-Bentz, who starred on Broadway in Mamma Mia, will be our guest soloist.

Choir of St. Luke
Jen Burleigh-Bentz, guest soloist
Choreography by Tamara Rogers
Puppetry staged by Rev. Colin P. Elliott
Conducted by David Lohman

"Winter and company have achieved a distinguished triumph in combining divergent music styles and imaginatively wedding voices, instrumentation and recorded sounds of a tundra wolf, canyon and musical wrens, harp seals, a flight of loons and singing humpback whales." – The Boston Globe