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Choral Evensong: 150 Years of Revelation

1/31/19 | Worship, Music

Choral Evensong: 150 Years of Revelation

CHORAL EVENSONG: 150 Years of Revelation

Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m.

This service of Choral Evensong includes music from either side of the turn of the last century, music written during the first part of St. Peter's 150-year history. It is the second of three Evensong services this season that commemorate this anniversary year: a "Season of Festivity."

The service opens with the beautifully crafted setting of "When rooks fly homeward" by the Irish poet Joseph Campbell.

The canticles are the grand Evening Service in B minor by T. Tertius Noble (1867–1953). Born in England the year before St. Peter's was founded, Noble was an influential church musician on both sides of the Atlantic. Noble concluded his tenure at York Minster in 1913, emigrated to America and became the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City. Because of his influential position in this parish, Noble's music is widely sung in Episcopal churches, including ours.

In this Epiphany Season of unfolding light and revelation, the anthem is Hail, gladdening light by Charles Wood. This large-scale work for double choir, written in 1919, achieves luminescence through shifting textures and the interplay between the ensembles.

In the first Evensong service this season (held in October), the music was centered around 1868, the date of St. Peter's founding. At that service, the Choir sang Psalm 150 as a kind of capstone to the many services of Morning and Evening prayer held in this parish thus far.

In our third and final Evensong of this season, to be held Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m., the service will include an entirely American expression of music for this liturgy. The canticles are the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D by Leo Sowerby, and the anthem is by Gregory Roig, who is a member of the St. Peter's Singers. This service will include the first performance of the "St. Peter's, Ladue" Responses written for St. Peter's 150th anniversary by David Sinden, the Director of Music.