Concert Preview: “No doubt about it: Sursum Corda performing on the Red Door Series on ‘Thomas Sunday'”

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Sursum Corda, the 18-voice Birmingham choir directed by Lester Seigel, performs on the St. Andrew’s Red Door Arts Concert series at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, one week after Easter.

The church calendar has designated the day as “Thomas Sunday,” so called because scripture readings relate the story of “Doubting Thomas,” but Seigel has this message for those planning to attend:

“Even though it’s ‘Thomas Sunday,’ have no doubts that we are bringing a fine program, including some heavy hitters like Palestrina, Brahms and Poulenc, but also some folk songs and a couple of new compositions.”

An ecumenical chamber choir that performs a wide variety of music from Jewish and Christian traditions, Sursum Corda also includes African-American spirituals and folk music and secular music from the Renaissance to the 21st century in its growing repertoire list. It has produced two CDs, “Welcome, Yule!” and “Illumine Our Hearts,” both available at

The Red Door series at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is in its fourth year providing performances, workshops and lectures. The music program is led by Stephan Calvert. Seigel, a music professor at Birmingham-Southern College and choirmaster and organist at Canterbury United Methodist Church, led the choir at St. Andrew’s from 1985 until 1989. The church is located at 1024 12th St. South, one block southwest of the Alys Stephens Center.

Written by: Michael Huebner for (Alabama Media Group, The Birmingham News) on April 22, 2014.