Faith and the Environment
March 5, 2017, 1:30pm. Free and open to the public.
Rev. Nathan Stucky, PhD Director of the Farminary Project, Princeton Theological Seminary
Click here to listen to a special message from Dr. Stucky to the Old Pine congregation.
“Where on earth is God?”
Within the Judeo-Christian tradition, the story of creation is apparently too big for one story. Genesis’ opening chapters offer two very different accounts, yet the two stories agree on one thing: the formation of the first humans takes place in the context of an exceptionally diverse creation and as a result of the creative action of God. The grand narrative of God’s relationship to humankind begins in a garden. Faith and environment (i.e. the material world) stand inseparable. The Incarnation of Jesus Christ and the conviction that in Christ there is the unity of full divinity and full humanity echoes this inseparability.
And yet, Christians throughout time, and particularly in our contemporary context, struggle to articulate a vibrant place for the material world (including our own bodies) within Christian faith. Is this as it should be? Or is it possible that our knowledge of the Creator and the Incarnate One actually depends on our relationship with the material world? Might our love of God and neighbor be, in fact, dependent on and reflected by our relationship with the land? Might our relationship with God depend on our relationship with the land? This presentation will focus on these questions and others in search for embodied, Christian faith that is truly fruitful and vibrant.
Jordan Dodson Concert
April 24, 2017, 7:30pm. Admission is free. A free will offering will be collected to benefit historic preservation.
“One of the top young guitarists of his generation” (Performance Today), Jordan Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. In the Fall of 2011, Jordan was one of two guitarists selected to inaugurate a new program in classical guitar at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.
He has received prizes in numerous competitions, including the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Jeffrey Khaner and Elizabeth Hainen Concert
May 1, 2017, 7:30pm. Admission is free. A free will offering will be collected to benefit historic preservation.
Canadian-born flutist Jeffrey Khaner has been principal flute of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1990. From 1982 to 1990 he was principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra, and he has also served as principal of the New York Mostly Mozart Festival and the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, and as co-principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
A noted soloist, Mr. Khaner has performed concertos with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia, collaborating with conductors including Matthias Bamert, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, Hans Werner Henze, Vladimir Jurowski, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Yutaka Sado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwarz, José Serebrier, Robert Spano, Franz Welser- Möst, and David Zinman. Mr. Khaner’s concerto repertoire is extensive and he has premiered many works including the concertos by Ned Rorem, Behzad Ranjbaran, Jonathan Leshnoff, Eric Sessler, Daron Hagen and David Chesky, all written for him. As a recitalist, Mr. Khaner has appeared on four continents with pianists Charles Abramovic, Christoph Eschenbach, Lowell Liebermann, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Hugh Sung, and many others. He regularly incorporates into the programs the music of today’s composers, many of whom have written expressly for him.
Elizabeth Hainen has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” Hainen has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity—and virtuosity—of her modern-day instrument. As Solo Harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra for over 19 years, she has presented numerous featured performances to captivated audiences and has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “her ability to blend and color the musical line,” and “to find transparency in an almost timeless atmosphere.” In high demand as a guest artist, Hainen has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. In addition to The Philadelphia Orchestra, she has appeared as a featured soloist with the City of London Sinfonia, Iris Orchestra, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Bulgaria National Radio Orchestra, Camerata Ducale in Italy, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony, the Vienna Boys Choir, and in numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall. “She is a complete harpist who knows and uses her instrument’s strength and brilliance and strikes its fire,” says the Miami Herald’s James Roos. “You miss nothing she wants you to hear.”
“Ode to Ormandy” Concert with Zora String Quartet
May 15, 2017, 7:30pm. $20 general admission, $18 seniors, $10 students with ID. Tickets can be purchased via check made out to Old Pine Conservancy, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (tickets will be held at the door) or by cash at the door.
To honor the brilliant career and legacy of Eugene Ormandy, who is buried in Old Pine’s graveyard, we are holding a concert featuring the Zora String Quartet.
The Zorá String Quartet won First Prize in the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. They also won the Sander Buchman Award, which sponsors their New York debut, and four concert prizes: the Friends of Music Concerts Prize (Connecticut), the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize (AZ), the Paramount Theatre Prize (VT), and the Vancouver Recital Society Prize. The Quartet was named the Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman-Barstow Prize winner at the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition in 2015. As a result of winning the Fischoff Competition, they toured the Midwest and will appear at the 2016 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. The Zorá Quartet has performed in U.S., Canada, and Europe, at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Duke’s Hall at Royal Academy of Music in England.
In the summer of 2015, Zorá quartet was a part of Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Zorá Quartet also participated at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2014 and worked intensively with Earl Carlyss, Takács Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet. Zorá Quartet also performed in master classes for London Haydn Quartet, Keith Robinson, Koichiro Harada, members of Cleveland Quartet, The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma and Noah Bendix-Balgley.
Zorá Quartet has collaborated with the Pulitzer-prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw to perform her works with the NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble in Fall 2013. In Spring 2014, Zorá Quartet was selected as the string quartet in residence to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany.
Zorá String Quartet is currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, where they work closely with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Pamela Frank, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley and Mia Chung.
Faith and War
November 5, 2017, 1:00pm. Free and open to the public.
William Harrison Taylor, PhD Associate Professor of History, Alabama State University
As had happened during the French and Indian war, the War for American Independence served as the catalyst for change within the American Presbyterian Church. In 1763 the American colonists were proud to be British. By July 1776, however, the colonists had declared their intent to be independent. The Presbyterians’ role in unifying the colonists aided this transformation, and the denomination continued in this task as the war continued. Their cause was righteous and their success depended on their ability to be worthy of such divine blessings. The war took a dreadful toll on the church and Presbyterians believed unrepentant national sins, among them slavery, were hindering the cause. It was only through repentance of these sins that Americans could remove the “afflicting hand of God” and secure their liberties. Most Presbyterians leaders came to believe that the true source of their hardships was their dwindling concern for unity within the body of Christ. At the war’s conclusion, while the Presbyterians were elated with the success of the American cause, they reminded themselves that Christ’s kingdom came first. Their efforts toward interdenominational cooperation not only intensified but also transformed to embrace a nationalist spirit. This presentation will explore the issues and circumstances that led to that transformation.
Faith and Immigration
March 4, 2018, 1:00pm. Free and open to the public.
Daisy L. Machado, PhD Professor of Church History, Union Theological Seminary
The idea of the role of religion or theology in the public square is one that has been debated in this country for some decades now. Yet it is clear that there is a tradition in Christianity of engaging the reality of the secular world, of offering a critique of that world, and then also offering a vision of an alternative way of being as presented by Christ in the Gospels. As the U.S. and the world face a growing and more urgent immigration crisis this lecture will seek to examine what it is that Christianity can offer today’s public discourse about immigration. We will also examine how Christianity can offer an alternative way of thinking and talking about immigration that can lift up Christianity’s long held vision of a common humanity as it also calls Christians to boldly embrace the claims of faith to seek justice for all.
Faith and Politics
May 6, 2018, 1:00pm. Free and open to the public.
Rev. Wilson Goode Sr., DMin former Mayor of Philadelphia, President of Amachi, Inc.
Ron Sider, PhD Distinguished Senior Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy, Palmer Theological Seminary