WRITERS GUILD: The Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild invites writers to its meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave.
The WWCWG will welcome Sandra Stanton, author of “Max Your Mind: The Owner’s Guide for a Strong Brain.” She will present “The Take Away: The Making of a Good Read — Even in Nonfiction.”
Stanton is an author, speaker, board-certified coach, retired school counselor, mom, grandma and recent widow who translates brain research into user-friendly language with a side of humor.
During her presentation, she will address the inspiration, research and plan involved in the writing of nonfiction. As she shares secrets of honing the craft, revision and critique, she includes her expertise on submission, marketing and publication.
The WWCWG meets on the second Tuesday of every month from September to May at the church. The group offers Christian fellowship, practical advice, networking and training opportunities for writers.
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LENTEN CONCERT SERIES: The Grace Lutheran Church Lenten Concert Series presents Elaine Mann, organist, at noon Wednesday at the church, 202 W. Grand Ave.
Mann will play music from Germany, ending with the dramatic Dankpsalm of Max Reger, written in 1915 at the end of World War I. After a whispered treatment of the chorale Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (What God does, that is done well), the music builds to a massive ending with the hymn Lobe den herren (Praise to the Lord).
Mann is the organist at Grace and dean of the Chippewa Valley American Guild of Organists, and she has been a soloist with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra.
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SPRING CHORAL SERVICE: First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Chancel Choir will present “Requiem” by Bob Chilcott during the church’s annual spring choral service, which begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 14.
Born in 1955, Chilcott is one of the most important figures in British choral music today. His musical experience began as a boy chorister, next as a tenor choral scholar in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and continued as singer, composer and arranger with the celebrated King’s Singers. Chilcott’s principal musical influences are Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé through the settings of their own “Requiem” scores.
The text is the Latin “Missa pro Defunctis,” the “Mass for the Dead,” with the addition of the prayer, “Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts” from the “Book of Common Prayer.” The work is dedicated to the memory of the composer’s niece, Samantha Verschueren, who tragically died at the age of only 23 as the score was composed.
The performance, conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff, will feature Annelies White, soprano; Andrew Joyal, tenor; Marcia Van Beek, soprano; and Lynn Emmons, organist. An instrumental chamber ensemble will accompany the choir.
The church is at 310 Broadway St.
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HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’: The rarely performed Easter portion of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” can be heard in upcoming performances by The Menomonie Singers.
Written in just 24 days in 1741, the full work consists of 50 sections, including 20 choruses. The Menomonie Singers will sing nine of those choruses, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus, accompanied on the organ by Sean Vogt. In addition, choir members will present several solos and an ensemble.
Conducted by Amy Vogt, The Menomonie Singers will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Balsam Lutheran, 1115 Mains Crossing Ave., Amery; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 130 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 910 Ninth St. E., Menomonie. While these performances carry no ticket fee, the choir appreciates donations.
As part of the April 27 and 28 concerts, there will be pre-concert talks 30 minutes before each. Sean and Amy Vogt will speak about the interesting aspects of the Easter portion of the Messiah and share what to listen for in the performance. A reception will be held following each concert.
From staff reports