Rindt & Friends return for ‘Songs of the Spirit’

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Rindt & Friends return for ‘Songs of the Spirit’ The latest venture from Patrick Rindt & Friends will build on the classical revival sound his local followers have come to know and love with “Songs of the Spirit,” presented Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church.

“The music in this concert may come as something of a surprise to those who have attended my previous concerts,” said Rindt.

While the latest offerings still carry the classical influences of Rindt’s style, most were not written with a classical audience in mind, he said. The latest showcase of original music from the local virtuoso-pianist-turned-composer will feature a range of styles from chamber to sacred choral to Broadway with an edge.

What really ties the program together is not the musical stylings, he said, but the messaging.

“We’re telling stories about characters going on a spiritual journey that results in an epiphany — some kind of insight into their purpose, some sense of redemption,” said Rindt.

“Sometimes this means telling stories that are specifically religious.” These include three art songs composed last year to highlight Biblical parables, as well as a suite of pieces from “Jeanette,” a musical Rindt co-wrote to tell the story of a young Joan of Arc.

“But we’ve also tried to find this spiritual quality in secular stories.”

One of these is told through the “Imogen” song cycle based on the poetry of Edwin Arlington Robinson. Local Mezzo-Soprano Amber Petersen joined Rindt for the debut of the piece in the Rindt & Friends 2017 concert, and the selection will be brought back by popular demand.

Another program highlight is “Fear No More the Heat of the Sun,” from Rindt’s musical based on Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.”

The Rindt & Friends circle of collaborators continues to expand this year, and the new and returning artists for the upcoming performance include featured soloists, a 10-voice choir and a rock ensemble to accompany some of the selections.

“I am so grateful for the quality of talented musicians we have been able to bring on board,” said Rindt.

“I am equally excited about all the music because all of it features the human voice. I love music that has text and a story, and I love singers and writing for them. I personally have no gift for singing or acting, but when I hear this talented group of singers bring the words and music of my compositions to life, I feel like I get to be something of a singer and actor myself.”

For more information about Rindt’s story, collaborators and work, follow him at “Patrick Rindt” on Facebook.

Tickets are available, for a donation, at Cosner-Neipp Corp. For information contact info@patrickrindt.com.

Story First Published: 2020-01-24