Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Concert for Community

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Concert for Community

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Music of Faith, a concert featuring a unique ensemble of extraordinarily accomplished musicians will be presented at 7 p.m., Jan. 21, by Faith Lutheran Church.

Organist James David Christie, harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, harpsichordist Mark Kroll and violinist Carol Lieberman will join Roger Roszell, minister of music and Steve Winemiller, senior pastor, at Faith Lutheran Church to present a concert that Roszell promises will be "spectacular."

The musicians have performed with the Boston Symphony, orchestras in Vienna, London, Koblentz, Paris, Haiti, South Africa, Montreal, Belgrade and throughout the U.S.

"Roger has a gift -- the gift of collaboration," Winemiller said.

Roszell quickly deflected the compliment. "It just came together because of Jim Christie, who is considered the finest organist in the world," Rozelle said. "He is a friend and Ann is a friend of his.

Jim bought a house in Sarasota, then Ann bought a house in Sarasota, then Mark came to Sarasota."

Winemiller continued, "So somehow, this little cluster of Boston Symphony musicians all bought houses in Sarasota and Roger brought them together for this concert."

Winemiller has often declared music to be an expression of faith. "Hearing this music, I feel like I have ascended into heaven," he said. "It is so beautiful, when you listen, you don't want it to end."

Roszell and Winemiller have worked together for nigh on five years; they share a genuine affection for each other and a sincere camaraderie, as well as an obvious love for their faith and their God.

Roszell said that he and Winemiller collaborate often and Winemiller "is a joy to work with."

The men agree that music and faith are intertwined. "If you think about it -- way back when -- all music was Bishop commissioned," Roszell said.

"Sometimes," Winemiller added, laughing, "the music eclipses the sermon."

Winemiller said that during his tenure Roszell has produced an exemplary music ministry.

He said that Roszell invites talented musicians of all faiths to perform -- whether they are members of Faith Lutheran or not. …

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