Updated: March 1, 2021
Dear friends and patrons of Sunset Music and Arts,
Happy New Year! We are diligently working on our 2021 season and will be announcing the season details soon. We have some amazing and talented musicians lined up for the 2021 season and are hoping to open back up by the fall of 2021 (depending on guidelines from the San Francisco Department of Health.) The safety of you the audience and our artists is of paramount importance and we want to open up as safely as possible.
In the interim we have launched the ‘Incarnation Radio Hour’ that feature literature, plays, and poetry readings via online virtual gatherings. These events are free and open to all.
Please consider supporting us financially to support the series and our 2021 season. No amount is too small! You can donate online via PayPal (visit https://sunsetarts.wordpress.com/donate/ for details) or by check.
Please make the check made payable to “The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation” and write ‘Sunset Music and Arts’ on the memo line of your check.
Please mail your check to:
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94122
Thank you for your consideration and supporting us! We look forward to welcoming you in 2021 when it is safe to do so.
Sunset Music and Arts – Incarnation Episcopal Church
Incarnation Radio Hour
T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘Ash Wednesday’
‘Ash Wednesday’ by T. S. Eliot is a complex, six-part poem concerned with a speaker’s hope for human salvation in a faithless world.
The poem takes the reader through stages in a speaker’s faith. At first, he is hopeless and overly concerned with his own human error and inability to accept God fully into his heart. As the poem progresses he goes through a series of metaphorical transformations in which he’s eaten by white leopards and made to climb up a staircase away from the past. These trials improve him and help him leave behind the sins of the past.
By the time he reaches the sixth section of ‘Ash Wednesday’ he has changed. Human salvation now seems possible and the hopelessness of the first section has left the speaker’s mind.
What is Ash Wednesday? Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was a poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic and editor. Considered one of the 20th century’s major poets, he is a central figure in English-language Modernist poetry.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25 and went on to settle, work and marry there. He became a British citizen in 1927 at the age of 39, subsequently renouncing his American citizenship.
Eliot first attracted widespread attention for his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in 1915, which was received as a modernist masterpiece. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including “The Waste Land” (1922), “The Hollow Men” (1925), “Ash Wednesday” (1930), and Four Quartets (1943). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”.
Community Music | Arts Events
We are also excited about launching our, “Sunset Community Music | Arts” initiative, where you can enjoy mostly free (occasionally, donations or a small fee may be requested) concerts and programs, produced and performed by members of the local community. If you are interested in performing as part of this program, please contact us at 415.564.2324 or e-mail us at email@example.com.