Once Upon a Tree, March 28th Performance at Lincroft


28 March, 2018 – Maundy Thursday
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Once Upon A Tree

One performance only

The chamber choir of Lincroft Presbyterian Church offers to the community a musical enactment of the last days of Jesus’ life.  The music is a work by Pepper Choplin, “Once Upon a Tree,” and is narrated by a disciple of Jesus, the “Physician Luke” played by our talented Phil Telman.

The choir, accompanied by Bob Sammond, begins the evening singing, “Once upon a tree, a good man died, and though He did no crime, He was crucified. If the story ended there, I would have no song to share, but my heart will ever sing the story.” Jerusalem is visited, noting the danger of that city, and the boldness of Jesus’ preaching. After the last supper and time of praying in the garden,  the music climaxes as Jesus is arrested, as Peter strikes a soldier’s ear. The story continues, with Jesus’ body being taken from the cross as Mary sings.  The heart of the story is the inner life of the narrator, Physician Luke.  He speaks of his experiences with the sick and dying as he reflects on the death of his master.  Because of Jesus wondrous resurrection, Luke has given his life to the telling of the story. He asks us, “what will you do with the story?”


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