St Michael’s is a unique church in the heart of the city. Unique for its relevant, contemporary preaching that embraces and inner wellbeing as its core message.
Sunday services include a mix of traditional and modern presentations interspersed with inspirational music performed by world-class musicians.
St Michael’s affirms and encourages the best expression of humanity, not only through the Sunday service but through our programs and our commitment to counselling. We believe faith, spirituality and a meaning to life are vital ingredients for our health and wellbeing and that there is a need to get hold of a more authentic religious understanding.
Sunday services commence at 10am.
Sunday July 15th 2018
Guest Musician: Amir Farid (Piano)
Music between the readings: Intermezzo in Bb minor, Op.117 No.2 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Completed in 1893 the six pieces for piano from which this intermezzo is drawn was the second last work of Brahms to be published during his lifetime. It has become a favourite amongst pianists and audiences alike.
Music during the offering: Sonata in E minor Op.90, 1st mvt – L. Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
This sonata is dedicated to dedicated to Prince Moritz von Lichnowsky and was written during 1814. Beethoven wrote to his friend and benefactor Moritz von Lichnowsky about the sonata: “I had a delightful walk yesterday with a friend in the Brühl, and in the course of our friendly chat you were particularly mentioned, and lo! and behold! on my return I found your kind letter. I see you are resolved to continue to load me with benefits. As I am unwilling you should suppose that a step I have already taken is prompted by your recent favors, or by any motive of the sort, I must tell you that a sonata of mine is about to appear, dedicated to you. I wished to give you a surprise, as this dedication has been long designed for you, but your letter of yesterday induces me to name the fact. I required no new motive thus publicly to testify my sense of your friendship and kindness”.
The Postlude: Loose Control – Joseph Rebman (born 1991 USA)
Many words in the English language are frequently mixed up due to similar spellings, but with very different meanings. One pair I have often struggled with is “loose” and “lose.” After this work was completed and I was looking for a title to cover its unusual character, I thought of these two words. There are points in the piece where the effect is of losing control, but the player must always be in control to avoid actually falling apart. Thus, a sense of loose control can be thought to cover this balance.
“Playing expressively requires loose control, but you can easily lose control.”
About today’s guest musician: