Symphony of former area pastor premiering in Lexington

February 13, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LEXINGTON - A former local Christian Church minister is spreading the gospel in an unusually creative way - through orchestra music.

"Symphony of the Soul," by the Rev. William Hawkins will premiere 3 p.m. Feb. 22, presented by the Lexington Community Orchestra.

Hawkins was minister for eight years at Lancaster Christian Church, and another four years earlier at Burgin Christian Church while he attended Lexington Theological Seminary. A minister since 1969, Hawkins also taught music in public schools for years.

He has a degree in ministry studies, a master of divinity and doctorate of ministry from Lexington seminary.

He says he has never been heavily involved in music, but he played in a community band and started a chorus while pastoring in western Kentucky, and had a men's trio in music during his ministry in Flint, Mich.


Hawkins, a Georgetown College graduate with a degree in music education, did an arrangement three years ago for Danville High School when it hosted a marching band contest.

"I am probably the only tuba player to graduate from Georgetown College," he said, jokingly.

He has been a minister in Disciples of Christ churches in Dawson Springs, Owingsville, Nicholasville and is currently minister at Clintonville Christian Church in Bourbon County.

"In 1996, I wanted to write a cantata, but I was not a keyboard person," said Hawkins. "I studied with Joe Baber, a teacher and composer at University of Kentucky.

"I decided to do some pieces with an orchestra," he said. He did the "Symphony of the Soul" last summer when he had some free time.

"This piece was the best and most comprehensive," said Hawkins. "It is a fun thing for me. I do it in little snacks, grabs and when I find time," he said.

He wrote the piece in four movements, but said he never intended to write it at all.

Each movement recognizes different aspects of the human soul, he said. Hawkins hopes the spectators will understand the music as it relates to the soul.

The program for the Feb. 22 performance also will feature Jonathan Roller, choir director at Stanford United Methodist Church in Lincoln County. Roller is the Lexington orchestra conductor and teacher at the Asbury Seminary.

The Lexington performance also will include Beethoven's Egmont Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

The 61-year-old Hawkins will be accompanied by William Cooper, a retired concert pianist.

The performance will be at the Singletary Center for the Arts and is open to the public.

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