We are excited to share the news that a concert recorded in our Seminary will be broadcast by Washington's classical station WETA. A Bach motet will appear on the station’s “Choral Showcase” on Sunday, May 13, at 9:00 p.m. Mentions of the occasion and purpose of the concert will be provided on-air on May 13, as well as on the station’s website.
Now the story behind this moment is amazing. On Sunday, April 15, the J. Reilly Lewis Collection was dedicated in our chapel. This collection will be housed in the Bishop Payne Library and will provide scholars and musicians access to a treasure trove of music scores and scholarly materials—12,500 items, gratefully received by head librarian Dr. Mitzi Budde, whose staff will oversee organization and cataloging of the collection. Dr. Lewis was a beloved, distinguished musician in the Washington area, having founded the Washington Bach Consort, as well as conducting the Cathedral Choral Society. In 2014 he was honored by VTS with an honorary doctorate. His grandfather was a graduate of the Seminary.
The dedication of the collection involved a spectacular concert of the works of J.S. Bach, performed by members of the Washington Bach Consort. VTS professor of church music said to me that day, “There was no music-making on the globe today that was better than what we’ve heard. This was world-class.” Most of the selections on the concert will be available as an on-demand audio stream at classicalweta.org for a two-week period, beginning on May 10.
We are glad for this opportunity for VTS to be recognized as a place of music performance and research, for people to hear portions of the glorious April 15 performance, but, beyond that, to honor the life of J. Reilly Lewis and to give thanks to Beth Lewis for bequeathing this important collection to our library.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President