April 8, 2018 (Sunday Morning)

Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 5b-8; Luke 24:13-32 | Victoria Jackson, soprano

This Sunday’s worship will feature the solo cantata, “The Way to Emmaus” by the Czech-born Jarmoir Weinberger (1896-1967). This composer studied at the Prague Conservatory, and later in Leipzig with Max Reger. After having fled the Nazis, he settled in New York City in 1939, and soon became an American citizen. “The Way to Emmaus” is a breathtaking setting of Luke 24:12-31, the story of the journey of the two disciples towards Emmaus with Jesus, whom they finally recognize “in the breaking of the bread. The soloist is soprano, Victoria Jackson.

Victoria Jackson started her vocal training in 2009 at Suitland High School Center of Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland. Victoria then continued her vocal training and received her B.M. in Music Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. While at VCU, she was cast in two of VCU’s spring Opera productions. Her most recent role was La Suora Zelatrice in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions: Mid Atlantic Region in 2017 and was selected to move on to the National level. Currently, Victoria works at SPARC – School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community and is a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus.