Announcements for May 1, 2016

Calendar • May 1 to May 7, 2016

 

 

 

All Our Exploring: Lessons and Carols and Reception, Today at 5:30 pm

Learn about the Rector’s Sabbatical and Our Season of Renewal

This summer we invite the entire parish community into a season of renewal.  Our rector, Mother Elizabeth, will be on sabbatical from May 9 through September 4. Meanwhile, through a series of special events, the parish will reconnect with sources of meaning that have sustained this community for a hundred years and more — while having some fun!

Join us Sunday, May 1, at 5:30 pm, for a “lessons and carols” service called “All Our Exploring.” Afterwards, join us in the undercroft for a party. This will be a chance for Mother Elizabeth to tell us about her sabbatical journeys, for the group planning parish events to tell you what’s in store, and for Mother Melissa to tell you about plans for pastoral coverage.

 

All are welcome to worship, explore, inquire, and feast.  You are most welcome to come, whether or not you RSVP, but an RSVP would help us plan. RSVP to: http://evite.me/fZrEztbezy
This season of renewal for the parish is sponsored in its entirety by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.

 

Acolyte Training

Interested in serving as an Acolyte?  Contact Mike Kornelsen or any Acolyte for more information.  Training will be held Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am in the church.

 

Outdoor Spring Clean-up

Mark your calendar!  Saturday, May 7 from 8:00 am until 12 noon.  Contact Jeff Brown for more information at jbrown@wini.com or 720-630-0962.  Join us for coffee, bagels, fellowship all with a sense of accomplishment!

 

Cathedral Ridge Capital Campaign: Committee Forming

Cathedral Ridge is a ministry of the Diocese of Colorado, based outside of Colorado Springs.  This ministry of the Episcopal Church in Colorado represents an innovative vision for now and a long-term commitment to invest in the next generation.  A mix of a conference center, retreat center, event center and summer camp, it has touched the lives of St Andrew’s in many ways.  From parish retreats, to youth programs, Cathedral Ridge enhances the inner life of the Spirit and equips people with leadership skills that they can faithfully draw on and put to work in our communities.

 

But Cathedral Ridge is in need of significant repairs and infrastructure investment in order to meet the needs of the diocese and reach the full potential of it’s mission.  St. Andrew’s, like every parish in the Diocese, has been called upon to pledge funds to support the needed improvements for Cathedral Ridge to fulfill its fullest potential.  Ally Dodge and Meg North will co-chair this important initiative for St Andrews.  Last Sunday, we held information sessions after both services with an overview of the campaign and a Q&A session about our commitment.  We will be forming a committee to identify fundraising options over the course of the summer.  If you have questions or would like to participate on that committee, please contact Ally Dodge at allyincolorado@gmail.com or Meg North.  For more information, please visit http://cathedralridge.org/

 

ELF: Interfaith Dialogue:  Muslim, Jewish, Christian

Join us to deepen knowledge, connection and practice in individual faith traditions, to strengthen understanding and true relationship among all Abrahamic faith traditions, and to touch the spirit that underlies them all. This five-week series will conclude with all three presenters in a panel discussion on May 5, 2016.

 

  • The Rev’d Elizabeth Marie Melchionna: Christian cleric and Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral; joining panel on May 5.
  • For more information visit the ELF section of the St. Andrew’s website: https://www.standrewdenver.org/elf

 

Yes, Parishioners, there is an Auction this year!   The Bid and Brunch Silent Auction will be held during coffee hour, following the 10 am service, on Sunday, June 5, in the undercroft.  No off-site location or costumes this year, but there will be brunch treats and mimosas.  Activities for children are being organized to take place during the auction, so that parents are free to bid.  There will also be bake sale goodies to buy on auction day.

 

This auction focuses on the sale of our most popular items.  We are asking for donations of:

 

    • Social Events (cocktail parties, theme dinners, game night, etc.),
    • Services or Experiences (make a special cake, offer a weekend at a vacation home, etc.)
    • Gift Certificates/Cards (restaurants, hair stylist, coffee shop, etc.)
    • Tickets (museum, sports event, concert, etc.)

 

This year we are not selling furniture, knickknacks, baskets or other objects.  Donation forms are available in the undercroft or on our website at www.standrewdenver.org.  Please return completed form to Judie James, or another auction volunteer, at coffee hour, or by email to Auction2016@standrewdenver.org, by May 22.

 

Assistance needed at Irving Street Residences for Women:  We need 2 or 3 people to assist in sorting and stocking food and serving items on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.  Interested individuals should be able to engage in moderate lifting.  Our current team of Rusty Pickard and Tom Woodward are looking for some support and will be happy to train any interested in this ministry.  Please email Deacon Wib at wibgarfield@hotmail.com or talk with her after service.

 

First Quarter Contributions Statements
Contribution Statements have been printed and will be available today on the coffee table in the undercroft.  Look for them in a distribution file box.  Pick your statement up today!

 

Garage Sale

We are considering an All Parish Summer Garage Sale to raise funds for our general fund.  Last year, we had great support for our Garage Sale, with a good variety of items.  Before we get organized for this summer, we wanted to reach out to confirm that parishioners have enough stuff to support another sale.  Please send Ally Dodge (allyincolorado@gmail.com) an email if you are interested with details on what you would be looking to donate.

 

Visiting College Choir Sings Evensong

On Thursday, May 19, 5:45pm, the weekly Choral Evensong will be sung by the choir of Central College, Iowa, Mark Babcock, director.  A choir of 50+ voices, they will certainly raise the rafters!  Come and support this visiting choir.

 

The following week, May 26, is the final Evensong before the summer break.  Catch one of the remaining Evensongs of the season, Thursdays at 5:45pm.  St. Andrew’s is unique in the diocese – indeed, in the entire national church for a church its size – to offer this gem of the Anglican tradition weekly.

 

St. Andrew’s Day at the Rockies returns this year on Sunday, June 12 at 200 pm.  The game will be the Rockies vs. the San Diego Padres. Tickets are $18. We have a block of tickets reserved in section U331 (behind home plate). Tickets will go on sale beginning this Sunday, May 1 at both services.  Chris Buri will be collecting ticket money after the 9:00am service and Debbie Courtney will be receiving ticket money after the 11:00 am service. Tickets will be for sale through the month of May – last day to get tickets will be Sunday, May 29.  Checks should be made payable to St. Andrew’s and marked “baseball” in the memo section. Checks may also be mailed to the church office – attention: Jeff.

 

May Needs at the St. Francis Center

Vaseline, Eyeglasses, Men’s underwear sizes 30 – 38, Men’s white tee shirts – (underwear type), Shoe laces, Shampoo

 

Family Promise Update

In the past week we had four terrific teams that volunteered at The First Unitarian Church (FUCS) in the Family Promise Program. Thank you to the following: Al Grinestaff, Michael Van Cleave, Betty Luce, Ken Backensto, Susan Beale, Janice Woodward, Barbara Bomberger, Shelley Brown, Elayne Gallagher, Marilyn Morgan, Karen Mayer, Teri Appell, Judie James, and Nancy Weaver.  The families appreciated our food and care and the Unitarian Church is most grateful for our help in taking care of the families while they are housed at the church.  Let’s hope and pray that with our small contribution to their well-being these families will find their way to housing and gratifying employment. Thank you one and all. Lynne Valentine

 

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for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry  – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org

Announcements for May 1, 2016

Calendar • May 1 to May 7, 2016


 This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

To view this newsletter online please visit www.standrewdenver.org/church-newsletter

 

All Our Exploring: Lessons and Carols and Reception, Today at 5:30 pm

Learn about the Rector’s Sabbatical and Our Season of Renewal

This summer we invite the entire parish community into a season of renewal.  Our rector, Mother Elizabeth, will be on sabbatical from May 9 through September 4. Meanwhile, through a series of special events, the parish will reconnect with sources of meaning that have sustained this community for a hundred years and more — while having some fun!

Join us Sunday, May 1, at 5:30 pm, for a “lessons and carols” service called “All Our Exploring.” Afterwards, join us in the undercroft for a party. This will be a chance for Mother Elizabeth to tell us about her sabbatical journeys, for the group planning parish events to tell you what’s in store, and for Mother Melissa to tell you about plans for pastoral coverage.

All are welcome to worship, explore, inquire, and feast.  You are most welcome to come, whether or not you RSVP, but an RSVP would help us plan. RSVP to: http://evite.me/fZrEztbezy
This season of renewal for the parish is sponsored in its entirety by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Acolyte Training

Interested in serving as an Acolyte?  Contact Mike Kornelsen or any Acolyte for more information.  Training will be held Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am in the church.

Outdoor Spring Clean-up

Mark your calendar!  Saturday, May 7 from 8:00 am until 12 noon.  Contact Jeff Brown for more information at jbrown@wini.com or 720-630-0962.  Join us for coffee, bagels, fellowship all with a sense of accomplishment! 

Cathedral Ridge Capital Campaign: Committee Forming

Cathedral Ridge is a ministry of the Diocese of Colorado, based outside of Colorado Springs.  This ministry of the Episcopal Church in Colorado represents an innovative vision for now and a long-term commitment to invest in the next generation.  A mix of a conference center, retreat center, event center and summer camp, it has touched the lives of St Andrew’s in many ways.  From parish retreats, to youth programs, Cathedral Ridge enhances the inner life of the Spirit and equips people with leadership skills that they can faithfully draw on and put to work in our communities.

But Cathedral Ridge is in need of significant repairs and infrastructure investment in order to meet the needs of the diocese and reach the full potential of it’s mission.  St. Andrew’s, like every parish in the Diocese, has been called upon to pledge funds to support the needed improvements for Cathedral Ridge to fulfill its fullest potential.  Ally Dodge and Meg North will co-chair this important initiative for St Andrews.  Last Sunday, we held information sessions after both services with an overview of the campaign and a Q&A session about our commitment.  We will be forming a committee to identify fundraising options over the course of the summer.  If you have questions or would like to participate on that committee, please contact Ally Dodge at allyincolorado@gmail.com or Meg North.  For more information, please visit http://cathedralridge.org/

ELF: Interfaith Dialogue:  Muslim, Jewish, Christian

Join us to deepen knowledge, connection and practice in individual faith traditions, to strengthen understanding and true relationship among all Abrahamic faith traditions, and to touch the spirit that underlies them all. This five-week series will conclude with all three presenters in a panel discussion on May 5, 2016.

  • The Rev’d Elizabeth Marie Melchionna: Christian cleric and Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral; joining panel on May 5.
  • For more information visit the ELF section of the St. Andrew’s website: https://www.standrewdenver.org/elf

Yes, Parishioners, there is an Auction this year!   The Bid and Brunch Silent Auction will be held during coffee hour, following the 10 am service, on Sunday, June 5, in the undercroft.  No off-site location or costumes this year, but there will be brunch treats and mimosas.  Activities for children are being organized to take place during the auction, so that parents are free to bid.  There will also be bake sale goodies to buy on auction day.

This auction focuses on the sale of our most popular items.  We are asking for donations of:

    • Social Events (cocktail parties, theme dinners, game night, etc.),
    • Services or Experiences (make a special cake, offer a weekend at a vacation home, etc.)
    • Gift Certificates/Cards (restaurants, hair stylist, coffee shop, etc.)
    • Tickets (museum, sports event, concert, etc.)

This year we are not selling furniture, knickknacks, baskets or other objects.  Donation forms are available in the undercroft or on our website at www.standrewdenver.org.  Please return completed form to Judie James, or another auction volunteer, at coffee hour, or by email to Auction2016@standrewdenver.org, by May 22.

Assistance needed at Irving Street Residences for Women:  We need 2 or 3 people to assist in sorting and stocking food and serving items on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.  Interested individuals should be able to engage in moderate lifting.  Our current team of Rusty Pickard and Tom Woodward are looking for some support and will be happy to train any interested in this ministry.  Please email Deacon Wib at wibgarfield@hotmail.com or talk with her after service.

First Quarter Contributions Statements
Contribution Statements have been printed and will be available today on the coffee table in the undercroft.  Look for them in a distribution file box.  Pick your statement up today!

Garage Sale

We are considering an All Parish Summer Garage Sale to raise funds for our general fund.  Last year, we had great support for our Garage Sale, with a good variety of items.  Before we get organized for this summer, we wanted to reach out to confirm that parishioners have enough stuff to support another sale.  Please send Ally Dodge (allyincolorado@gmail.com) an email if you are interested with details on what you would be looking to donate.

Visiting College Choir Sings Evensong

On Thursday, May 19, 5:45pm, the weekly Choral Evensong will be sung by the choir of Central College, Iowa, Mark Babcock, director.  A choir of 50+ voices, they will certainly raise the rafters!  Come and support this visiting choir.

The following week, May 26, is the final Evensong before the summer break.  Catch one of the remaining Evensongs of the season, Thursdays at 5:45pm.  St. Andrew’s is unique in the diocese – indeed, in the entire national church for a church its size – to offer this gem of the Anglican tradition weekly.

St. Andrew’s Day at the Rockies returns this year on Sunday, June 12 at 200 pm.  The game will be the Rockies vs. the San Diego Padres. Tickets are $18. We have a block of tickets reserved in section U331 (behind home plate). Tickets will go on sale beginning this Sunday, May 1 at both services.  Chris Buri will be collecting ticket money after the 9:00am service and Debbie Courtney will be receiving ticket money after the 11:00 am service. Tickets will be for sale through the month of May – last day to get tickets will be Sunday, May 29.  Checks should be made payable to St. Andrew’s and marked “baseball” in the memo section. Checks may also be mailed to the church office – attention: Jeff.

May Needs at the St. Francis Center

Vaseline, Eyeglasses, Men’s underwear sizes 30 – 38, Men’s white tee shirts – (underwear type), Shoe laces, Shampoo

Family Promise Update

In the past week we had four terrific teams that volunteered at The First Unitarian Church (FUCS) in the Family Promise Program. Thank you to the following: Al Grinestaff, Michael Van Cleave, Betty Luce, Ken Backensto, Susan Beale, Janice Woodward, Barbara Bomberger, Shelley Brown, Elayne Gallagher, Marilyn Morgan, Karen Mayer, Teri Appell, Judie James, and Nancy Weaver.  The families appreciated our food and care and the Unitarian Church is most grateful for our help in taking care of the families while they are housed at the church.  Let’s hope and pray that with our small contribution to their well-being these families will find their way to housing and gratifying employment. Thank you one and all. Lynne Valentine

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Weekly April 26, 2016

Musical Weekly

26 April, 2016

In this issue:

·         Much to be thankful for

·         St. Martin’s Season Finale concerts

·         This week at St. Andrew’s

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When I fantasize about what I’d do if I were to win the lottery, it always involves endowing a choir of professional singers and an organist to sing Mattins and Choral Evensong two or three times a week (or even  daily!).  If the winnings were large enough, it might involve the purchase or construction of a church with fantastic acoustics, with this sole purpose in mind (maybe even in Britain, where redundant and closing churches are not uncommon).  If the lottery winnings were not sizable enough to build an entire church building and an organ, then I would content myself with establishing said endowed choir at an existing Anglican church . . . perhaps like St. Andrew’s (although in my fantasies it’s usually larger and made of stone rather than brick [picky, picky!]).

 

Then I jerk myself into reality, and realize that I already HAVE much of this dream in my waking life.  I am the choirmaster of a church with good (i.e. decent and orderly) liturgy, excellent preaching, endowed with exceptional acoustics, visually striking, where there is a sympathy for good music and an appreciation of beauty; we are the only church of our size (that I know of, at least: c. 400 members, average Sunday attendance [at 3 services] of 200, with the church seating about 175 comfortably) that offers weekly Choral Evensong (many cathedrals in the US [and perhaps even Britain] only do it once a month, if that, to give you some context), and these services are attended by a growing congregation averaging 25-35 worshipers; our Sunday morning services are tremendously beautiful, involving all the senses, the envy of many who have told me this; the full choir consists of a pool of a dozen or so professional singers (deployed in groups of 3-10 for various services) and 20-some talented volunteers; the church houses and hosts that most personal of my creations, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, with its pool of 50-some professional singers and two-dozen concerts a year; and, most profound of all, I have a rector who is entirely supportive, a poet in her own right, a classicist who is fluent in Latin and Greek, who has an eye for beauty, who has expanded the artistic offerings of this parish, and entrusted me with the visioning and execution of this expansion in terms of music; a visionary herself who has perceived the longings of my heart, and done what she can to facilitate them (all for the glory of God and the building up of the church in worship, of course! J  I’m sure some of my longings are not so godly…).

 

So then I pinch myself and say “Fool! Rather than pining for the unattainable, why not enjoy and be filled with gratitude for what you do have?  Dreaming big things is wonderful, and necessary to the manifestation of visions; but shake yourself out of melancholy (something I’m strongly prone to) and be conscious and appreciative of the bounty you already possess, and sometimes ungraciously take for granted.”

 

So, although I’m leery of invoking the word “God” very frequently, due to the many negative connotations that I and others associate with the word, I now use it in the sense of the transcendent divine, the “beyond” that might (or might not) govern the cosmic energies of the universe, and give thanks to the God that has bestowed such bountiful gifts on me, deserving or not (probably more the latter).  I’m reminded of how 18th century Deists and Enlightenment thinkers referred to “Providence” – in the sense of a divine provider, as well as guidance or even fate – and am full of gratitude today for that very providence in my life.  Deo gratias.

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St. Martin’s Chamber Choir closes out its season in early June with “Short Stories in Song,” a concert in which each piece tells its own brief story, whether sad and poignant or jolly and comical.  Here’s the long-promised (well, for two weeks anyway) complete listing of the pieces in the concert (these are not in concert order, as I have not yet determined that):

 

·         Morris, R. O.            Blow away the morning dew

·         Vaughan Williams, R. The Unquiet Grave (SSA)

·         Vaughan Williams, R. Valiant for Truth

·         Holst, G.                 I love my love

·         Krueger, T.              Nelson’s Death and Victory

·         Krueger, MB            My Grandfather’s clock (TTBB)

·         Kodaly, Z.               Jesus and the Money-Changers

·         Jannson, M.             The Choirmaster’s Burial

·         Bantock, G.             The Leprehaun

·         Effinger, C.             No Mark

·         Bombardier, B.         Shiloh

 

A few notes:

·         The RVW “Valiant for Truth” is a setting of the ending of John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress,” about Christian’s death and his entry into heaven (lots of trumpet fanfares at the end, simulated by the voices)

·         My piece is an arrangement of a sailor song that I did in 2005 for our 200th Anniversary concert of the Battle of Trafalgar – rollicking good fun, but with a sad bit in the middle where Nelson dies (I transpose the tune to minor for that verse).

·         MB’s arrangement of the folk song “My Grandfather’s Clock” was written for me when I was the director of the Men’s Choir at MSU-Denver – very creative with most voice parts singing mechanical ostinati on “tick, tock” and “whirrrrr, ching” while a soloist or one of the other parts sing the tune.

·         The Jannson “The Choirmaster’s Burial” is an affective setting of a poem by Thomas Hardy that tells of a rural parish choirmaster who, after playing the funerals of everybody in the village, is denied music by the vicar at his own funeral because the weather is too cold; so later that evening, as the vicar is settling down to a sherry in the vicarage, he looks out and sees angels singing at the graveside of the choirmaster (the said angels being the women of the choir singing “Requiem aeternam,” etc. – while I love the setting, and it has so far made me cry every time we’ve rehearsed it, I am also conscious that the choirmaster in question would almost definitely have been very low church, and the singing of a Requiem at his gravesite would have been unthinkable – hopelessly papist!! J  Still, who’s to say that, even in low church parishes, when the angels show up they don’t sing in Latin?!)

·         Bantock’s “The Leprehaun” (his spelling) is a very playful little piece that, though it will come off as light and fluffy, inspiring sympathetic smiles, is actually the most difficult piece of the concert.  Devilishly tough, and featuring some very impressive choral effects including hammer and anvil (men singing a sort of rhythmic drone with the women banging away in the irregular pauses), laughter (rapid repeated chords building up and down through all eight parts, then disappearing in reverse order), and sprightly flitting to and fro. Given the amount of work we’re going to have to put in on it, I might make it the encore, too, so we get to make it worth our while (if you come, applaud enough to demand an encore!)

 

More notes next week.  Reserve tickets at www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org, or (303) 298-1970.  The Sunday matinee is in a smaller venue, so tickets in advance might be a smart thing there.

 

·         Fri., June 3, 7:30pm, Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Park Hill (E. Denver)

·         Sun., June 5, 3:00pm, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Cherry Hills Village (S. Denver)

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Evensong this week is of the intimate variety, an a cappella quartet singing the music below in honor of Christina Rossetti, 19th century British poet.  Here’s the music I’ve planned (it looks a bit like Christmas in April!):

 

April 28, 2016, 5:45pm, Choral Evensong: Christina Rossetti (transf.)

Preces & Responses: Thomas Ebdon (18th C)

Canticle of Light: Phos hilaron by M. Susan Brown (2000)

Psalm: 84, plainchant

Service: Charles King (1687-1748) in C major

Anthem: “Love came down at Christmas” by Rodney Williams (b. 1941)

Office Hymn: 112 (Cranham)

 

Rodney Williams was a singer in the choir of Westminster Abbey when I was in England in the 90’s, whom I met in the course of my doctoral research.  We became friends, and he provided me with lots of music, including this lovely little setting of a Christina Rossetti poem that he had done.  Unfortunately, he does not “do” e-mail, so we’ve had trouble keeping in touch (my fault.  He still writes me every Christmas, in a flowery hand, with a fountain pen, and I, sadly out of practice writing letters by hand, have not returned the favor as often as I should have).

 

Sunday includes both the morning services, AND a special evening service called “All Our Exlporing” – a Lessons & Carols-style service marking our rector Elizabeth Randall’s departure on a four-month sabbatical this summer.  The service will have 5 readings about travel, pilgrimmage, exploration, and rest, including some scripture readings and poems by T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, and W.B. Yeats, interspersed with music as you will find at bottom.  But first, the music for this Sunday morning:

 

May 1, 2016, 9 & 11am, Easter 6

*Introit:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anthem: “If ye love me” by Philip Wilby (1992)

Communion motet: “E’en so, Lord Jesus” by Paul Manz (1919-2009)

Hymns: 518 (Westminster Abbey), *386 (Cornwall), 538 (Lucerna Laudoniae), 400 (Lasst uns erfreuen)

*11:00 service only

 

(I see I have to pick an Introit yet… better get cracking!)

 

And here’s the music for the 5:30 “All Our Exploring:”

 

May 1, 2016, 5:30pm, “All our Exploring” (L&C-style leave-taking service for ER)

Introit: “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree” by Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987)

Processional Hymn: “I cannot ope my eyes” (Delzell– by TJK)

A Hymn for St. Cecilia by Herbert Howells  (1892-1983)

(secret)

Hymn 653 (Repton)

“My eyes for beauty pine” by Herbert Howells (1892‑1983)

“I sat down under his shadow” by Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874-1946)

Recessional Hymn: 629 (Halifax)

 

Above you see one line labelled “secret.”  This is because what I’ve planned in this slot is a secret.  But it’s gonna be huge, it’s gonna be incredible, it’s gonna be amazing (wait, I think I’ve been watching too many presidential primary victory speeches…).

 

That’s it for today.  Happy Springtime to all.

 

Tim

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Timothy J. Krueger

Choirmaster, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver

Artistic Director, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (professional)

Affiliate Music Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 04/26/16

Ill/asked for prayers
Mary Yeater, mother of Ron Yeater; Jean Allue, mother-in-law of Lynn Huber; Jennifer; Shaun; Judy; Angela; Selena; Richard de Tar; Lucy Johnson; The Lynn Family; The family of Daniel de la Mar; Cynthia and Rebecca; Family of Leslie Manring; Ian; Tommy Timm; J.P.; Lu; baby Johnny and family; Jerry.

Those who have died
Byron Boyer.
Those who have died this week as victims of war, violence, natural disasters, abuse and neglect.

Those who mourn
Betty Jo Boyer.

Please pray for
Janis Dodge, for a healthy and speedy recovery.
Marlene for guidance in making a decision concerning major surgery and peace with her decision.
Elva for peace, help and guidance during this challenging and stressful time
The family of Jean Allue; Frank, Lynn, Tim, and Kathy.
Ashley’s job search.
Noah and Alison, for a healthy pregnancy.
Capt Brent Peterson and Ashley Peterson for safety and strength during his deployment.
The right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster.
Racial reconciliation everywhere, but especially in cities.

Tree of Life Prayers
Pray for Jimmy and Angela to stay strong and off of alcohol.
Pray for those who have no one to pray with them or for them.

St. Andrew’s Prayer Chain – Prayer List for 04/26/16

Ill/asked for prayers
Mary Yeater, mother of Ron Yeater; Jean Allue, mother-in-law of Lynn Huber; Jennifer; Shaun; Judy; Angela; Selena; Richard de Tar; Lucy Johnson; The Lynn Family; The family of Daniel de la Mar; Cynthia and Rebecca; Family of Leslie Manring; Ian; Tommy Timm; J.P.; Lu; baby Johnny and family; Jerry.

Those who have died
Byron Boyer.
Those who have died this week as victims of war, violence, natural disasters, abuse and neglect.

Those who mourn
Betty Jo Boyer.

Please pray for
Janis Dodge, for a healthy and speedy recovery.
Marlene for guidance in making a decision concerning major surgery and peace with her decision.
Elva for peace, help and guidance during this challenging and stressful time
The family of Jean Allue; Frank, Lynn, Tim, and Kathy.
Ashley’s job search.
Noah and Alison, for a healthy pregnancy.
Capt Brent Peterson and Ashley Peterson for safety and strength during his deployment.
The right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster.
Racial reconciliation everywhere, but especially in cities.

Tree of Life Prayers
Pray for Jimmy and Angela to stay strong and off of alcohol.
Pray for those who have no one to pray with them or for them.

Musical Weekly 19 April, 2016

In this issue:

  • Launch of Martin’s Festival Singers – Auditionees Welcome
  • Brief reminder of Final SMCC concerts of the year
  • This Week at St. Andrew’s

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As I mentioned in a Musical Weekly several months ago, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir will be launching a new initiative this Fall with the St. Martin’s Festival Singers, a group of 30-40 additional volunteer singers to join the core 24 on one concert a year.  These additional singers will be auditioned, and a good voice, good tuning, ability to blend, and above-average musical skills will be required, albeit not at the level of the existing chamber choir.  The idea is to expand the range of literature St. Martin’s is able to perform (our first concert will be with orchestra – see below), and to allow excellent amateurs the opportunity of singing with a top-notch professional core of singers.  I anticipate little discernible diminishment in the quality of the ensemble, but an increase in volume and “heft” such that we can perform larger works, both accompanied and a cappella, when needed.

 

The debut of this new initiative will occur this coming September in collaborative concerts with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, David Rutherford conductor, in a performance of the Vaughan William Dona nobis pacem, a powerful choral/orchestral work, and, as far as my personal estimation goes, near the top of that category (a position shared only by the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, and perhaps one or two other works).  The rehearsal and concert schedule is below.

 

So this is a call for all interested parties to schedule an audition with me. The audition will take about 15 minutes, will include some vocal exercises to determine range, vocal quality, flexibility and accuracy; and conclude with some tonal memory (aural recall, it’s sometimes called), and a bit of moderate sight-reading.  You needn’t prepare anything.

 

Schedule

Rehearsals

  • , Aug. 14, 2:00-4:30
  • , Aug. 21, 2:00-4:30
  • , Aug. 28, 2:00-4:30
  • , Sep. 4, 2:00-4:30
  • , Sep. 11, 6:30-9:00 (with orchestra)
  • , Sep. 15, 7:00-9:30 (with orchestra)

Concerts

  • , Sep. 16, 6:00 call, 7:30 concert
  • , Sep. 17, 6:00 call, 7:30 concert

 

If you are able to sing both concerts, both orchestra rehearsals, and 3 out of 4 of the choir-only rehearsals, you are eligible to audition.

 

Please reply, either with your own query of intention, or forwarding me the name of someone you think would enjoy this and be a good fit.  Many thanks!

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I will wait one more week to communicate the full list of pieces in SMCC’s season finale concerts this June, as one or two are still on the “maybe” list, and there is a tiny amount of flux still possible before it sets.  But save the dates for now to experience what I think will be the most emotional concert of the season, “Short Stories in Song”:

 

  • , June 3, 7:30pm, Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Park Hill
  • , June 5, 3:00pm, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Cherry Hills Village

 

Advance ticket purchase: www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org; (303) 298-1970.

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An a cappella octet (actually it’s a nonet, but that’s due to a scheduling snafu) will sing Choral Evensong this week, Thursday at 5:45, as we honor St. Anselm, the 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury famous for the ontological argument for the existence of God, as well as the phrase “I do not understand in order to believe, but believe in order to understand” (which I’ve always thought sounds sort of like an intellectual cop out; but come and hear what I have to say in my little reflection on St. Anselm, if you’re curious…).  Here’s the music:

 

April 21, 2016, Choral Evensong: Anselm

Preces & Responses: Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

Canticle of Light: “O Lord, the maker of all things,” by William Mundy (d. 1591)

Psalm: 53, plainchant

Service: Alan Gray (1855-1935) in F minor

Anthem: “God so loved the world” by John Stainer (1840-1901)

Office Hymn: 594 (Cwm Rhondda)

 

A couple of “chestnuts” (Mundy and Stainer), but also a very lovely, and relatively unknown, setting of the Mag and Nunc that I have come to like very much.  It’s a double choir work (8 parts), so each singer will have his/her own part (except for one.  See if you can figure out which one!).  Gray was Stanford’s successor at Trinity College Cambridge, and was the dedicatee of Stanford’s Three motets, of which Beati quorum via is the best known.  In fact, I just had the idea of doing that instead of the Stainer…  let me cogitate on that for an hour…

 

Here’s Sunday’s musical fare:

 

April 24, 2016, Easter 5

*Introit: Ubi caritas by Mariano Garau (b. 1952)

Sequence: Healey Willan

Anthem: “And I saw a new heaven” by Edgar L. Bainton (1880-1956)

Communion motet: The Call, by Clifford Harker (1923-1991)

Hymns: 410 (Lauda anima), 603 (St. Botolph), 529 (McKee), 432 (Laudate Dominum)

 

Garau is a modern Spanish composer (don’t know much more than that about him), and this is a sort of hypnotic setting of the text, with drones, repeated antiphons, etc.  The Bainton is an old standby around here, much beloved of the choir; and it happens to be the Epistle reading this week.  Finally, Harker was, as some of you may recall, the organist at Bristol Cathedral during the third quarter of the 20th century.  As the mentor and then colleague of my own doctoral thesis advisor Lionel Pike (a recipient of this Weekly), Harker is sort of my musical grandfather.  MB and I particularly sought out his grave and plaque in Bristol on our last visit to Britain.

 

That’s all for this week.

 

Tim

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Timothy J. Krueger

Choirmaster, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver

Artistic Director, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (professional)

Affiliate Music Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Bid and Brunch 2016 Silent Auction

Yes, Parishioners, there is an Auction this year!  

The Bid and Brunch Silent Auction will be held during coffee hour, following the 10 am service, on Sunday, June 5, in the undercroft.  There is no off-site location or costumes this year, but there will be brunch treats and mimosas.  Activities for children are being organized to take place during the auction, so that parents are free to bid.  There will also be bake sale goodies to buy on auction day.

This auction focuses on the sale of our most popular items.  We are asking for donations of:

Social Events (cocktail parties, theme dinners, game night, etc.),

Services or Experiences (make a special cake, offer a weekend at a vacation home, etc.)

Gift Certificates/Cards (restaurants, hair stylist, coffee shop, etc.)

Tickets (museum, sports event, concert, etc.)

This year we are not selling furniture, knickknacks, baskets or other objects.  Use the link below to print a donation form.  Donation forms are also available in the undercroft.  Please return completed form to Judie James, or another auction volunteer, at coffee hour, or by email by May 22 to:  Auction2016@standrewdenver.org

Use this link to print a Donation Form:        Auction Donation Form 2016

Announcements for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 17, 2016

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly e-newsletter “Fruits of the Tree”

 

Imago Divina: Musical Meditation for Connecting to The Divine, Today at 5:30 pm

The next in our Imago Divina series connecting the arts to the Divine features Ann Martin, Sound Energy Practitioner, Sunday April 17, 5:30pm, in a transformative evening with Tibetan singing bowls.  Having the power to touch the Sacred in each of us, their sound and vibration lead the human heart and mind into heightened consciousness. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn:

 

The history of the singing bowls and how they are used today

  • The benefits of sound and vibration and the effects on mind, body and spirit
  • How to access connection with Spirit, and inspired intuition
  • How to improve focus and effectiveness of meditation/prayer

The evening will include meditations featuring both crystal and metal singing bowls, and conclude with dinner in the undercroft, where Ann Martin will participate in a Q&A. As thoughts of the day fall away, you can enter “the peace that passes all understanding” on the waves of resonance from the bowls.  When you leave, you will carry a higher vibration to greet your world!

 

On May 15, our Imago Divina series will conclude with the dance troupe Wonderbound highlighting the connection between movement and the Divine.

 

First Quarter Contributions Statements
Contribution Statements have been printed and will be available today and next Sunday on the coffee table in the undercroft.  Look for them in a distribution file box.  Pick your statement up today!

 

Update your profile in the new parish directory!
Have questions, need a little assistance?  Diana Solomon will be in the Undercroft after the 11:00 am service today to help us update our profiles!

 

ELF: Interfaith Dialogue:  Muslim, Jewish, Christian

Join us to deepen knowledge, connection and practice in individual faith traditions, to strengthen understanding and true relationship among all Abrahamic faith traditions, and to touch the spirit that underlies them all. This five-week series will conclude with all three presenters in a panel discussion on May 5, 2016.

  • Monir Ludin: A leader in several Muslim and interfaith organizations promoting collaboration, communication, and interfaith dialog; April 21 and 28.
  • The Rev’d Elizabeth Marie Melchionna: Christian cleric and Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral; joining panel on May 5.
  • For more information visit the ELF section of the St. Andrew’s website: https://www.standrewdenver.org/elf

 

Save the Date: All Our Exploring

Our Season of Renewal begins Sunday, May 1 at 5:30 pm
This summer we invite the entire parish community into a season of renewal, where, through a series of special events, we will reconnect with sources of meaning that have sustained this community for a hundred years and more — while having some fun! Meanwhile, the rector will be on sabbatical.

Join us May 1, at 5:30 pm, for a “lessons and carols” service called “All Our Exploring.” Afterwards, join us in the undercroft for a party. This will be a chance for Mother Elizabeth to tell us about her sabbatical journeys, for the group planning parish events to tell you what’s in store, and for Mother Melissa to tell you about plans for pastoral coverage.

 

All are welcome to worship, explore, inquire, and feast.  You are most welcome to come, whether or not you RSVP, but an RSVP would help us plan. RSVP to: http://evite.me/fZrEztbezy
This season of renewal for the parish is sponsored in its entirety by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.

 

Blessing of the Animals, next Sunday, April 24

Sunday, April 24th at 4:00 pm in the Church with a Reception to follow – tasty treats for all!!

 

The Racial Justice and Reconciliation Taskforce invites any interested persons to a meeting on Sunday, April 24 from 12:30-1:30 in the Delzell Room to discuss ways in which we can individually and as a community help to realize our baptismal vow to respect the dignity of every human being and our mission to seek to renewal of the world.  We look forward to an engaged conversation and proposals for modes of engagement with crucial issues that have become particularly apparent in this electoral cycle.  For further information, please contact Lucy McGuffey, lucy.mcguffey@ucdenver.edu.

 

Family Promise
It is once again our time to support the First Unitarian Church while they are hosting homeless families for the week of April 24. We at St. Andrew’s will be responsible for dinner on Wednesday, April 27 and on Thursday, April 28, Overnight on Thursday and breakfast on Saturday, April 30 morning.

Family Promise has expanded its services beyond their housing program. They have a mentor program for families that are housed, but need support to continue with financial planning, education and family help for day care/schooling. Last year, the program housed 73 families composed of 238 individuals. The percentage of families exiting with employment or in education program is 84%. Families moved into stable housing is 70% and 87% of families exiting with an improved financial condition. Family Promise has helped not only helped these individuals to find housing, but to move them into their home with a grant from U-Haul. They also have a grant for Rental Assistance of $65,000 that can help families.

The sign-up sheet will be on the Coffee table this Sunday, April 10, so please check your calendars as to your availability. Thank you for considering this as a worthwhile volunteer position.  Any questions: Lynne Valentine, lkval@yahoo.com or call: 303 955 6911.

 

A Meal that Heals Cook Day: Saturday, April 30

A Meal that Heals is a pastoral ministry of the Community of Caring that responds to needs by providing a nourishing meal to individuals and families.  Our hope is that by offering a meal in the time of need like a surgery, illness, or childbirth, you can worry less about finding sustenance and more about renewal and refreshment.  Again, we are almost all out of meals!  Please join us in the Undercroft on Saturday, April 30 at 9:30am to enjoy cooking together to replenish our supplies.  We hope to create a number of dishes that we will freeze for future pastoral needs.

How can you be a Partner in Ministry for a Meal that Heals?  We are seeking: chefs, donations of food and supplies, and deliverers.  We invite you to pray about how you can partner in ministry with us.  If you have any questions or are interested in participating, email Barbara Day and Karen Mayes. We look forward to cooking together as a church community at the end of the month!

Yes, Parishioners, there is an Auction this year!   The Bid and Brunch Silent Auction will be held during coffee hour, following the 10 am service, on Sunday, June 5, in the undercroft.  No off-site location or costumes this year, but there will be brunch treats and mimosas.  Activities for children are being organized to take place during the auction, so that parents are free to bid.  There will also be bake sale goodies to buy on auction day.

 

This auction focuses on the sale of our most popular items.  We are asking for donations of:

    • Social Events (cocktail parties, theme dinners, game night, etc.),
    • Services or Experiences (make a special cake, offer a weekend at a vacation home, etc.)
    • Gift Certificates/Cards (restaurants, hair stylist, coffee shop, etc.)
    • Tickets (museum, sports event, concert, etc.)

 

This year we are not selling furniture, knickknacks, baskets or other objects.  Donation forms are in your service leaflet today and will be available in the undercroft through May 22.  For more information about how to donate and bid, see Judie James, or one of the other volunteers, at coffee hour or email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org.

 

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for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.  Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry  – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

Bid and Brunch 2016 Silent Auction

Yes, Parishioners, there is an Auction this year!  

The Bid and Brunch Silent Auction will be held during coffee hour, following the 10 am service, on Sunday, June 5, in the undercroft.  There is no off-site location or costumes this year, but there will be brunch treats and mimosas.  Activities for children are being organized to take place during the auction, so that parents are free to bid.  There will also be bake sale goodies to buy on auction day.

This auction focuses on the sale of our most popular items.  We are asking for donations of:

Social Events (cocktail parties, theme dinners, game night, etc.),

Services or Experiences (make a special cake, offer a weekend at a vacation home, etc.)

Gift Certificates/Cards (restaurants, hair stylist, coffee shop, etc.)

Tickets (museum, sports event, concert, etc.)

This year we are not selling furniture, knickknacks, baskets or other objects.  Use the link below to print a Donation Form.   For more information about how to donate and bid, see Judie James, or one of the other volunteers, at coffee hour or email Auction2016@standrewdenver.org.

Use this link to print a Donation Form:        Auction Donation Form 2016

 

Musical Weekly 12 April, 2016

 

In this issue:

  • Replies to my post about attending concerts of colleague organizations
  • Nasty, lingering cold
  • What’s next for SMCC
  • This Week at St. Andrew’s

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Some interesting replies to my query last week about ideas for motivating people to attend the concerts of colleagues and colleague ensembles.  Some of the replies weren’t quite what I was asking, but that’s sometimes doubly interesting.  Here are some of them, in no particular order:

 

From Christina Lynn-Craig (whose choir Aster is having concerts in a couple weeks – check it out at www.asterchoir.org):

 

I think that having a ‘clearing house’ with all of the concerts which are being offered by all the local groups posted in one place would be very helpful.  Then it would be easier to make choices about which concert(s) one might be able to attend in a given quarter.  I know that each group has a website and that each group sends out publicity/postcard or e-mail reminders, AND, it would be great to see everything listed in one place.  It might be overwhelming to include all the Tier I and II groups, but they could be included as well.

I think that attending with other members of the ensemble could be fun, especially if driving a distance to the concert.  Perhaps the group which is presenting the concert could suggest a local eatery to patronize?  Discussing the music afterward would be beneficial to all.  Taking into account that every ensemble has its strengths and weaknesses and each has different goals or missions.

 

Similar thoughts about a “clearing house” (Consortium) from Katie Schmidt, the (relatively new) director of the Denver Early Music Consort (which also has upcoming concerts: http://www.denverearlymusic.org/):

 

My vision was that, in a few years, as the Denver Early Music Consort becomes more established, that all of the early music ensembles in the region could form a consortium, in which much musical ecumenism could flourish.

 

(…)

 

But here is a solution that we can all enact right here and right now.  We could call our partnership something like the Colorado Chamber Consortium.  We could start a website for it, and allow the marketing lead for each group to have access to editing the website.  A step we could all take TODAY would be to create a Facebook page for the Colorado Chamber Consortium, and again, each marketing lead or director would be granted administrative access to the page.  Then, each organization can be responsible for uploading and sharing their own event.  Anyone who “likes” the Consortium’s page would be provided with regular event updates for ALL the groups they like, and some they may not even know about.  The Facebook page, and the website, would essentially function as a communal event calendar and announcement board to which all the groups contribute.  This kind of page + website would be a one-stop shop for finding out information about all the amazing musical offerings Denver boasts.  (Common ticket sales, even??? Combined subscriptions???)

 

This is the perfect time to create such a strong union among these small groups. As Denver is growing and flourishing, we can all surf on the strong economic tide we’re enjoying here, and the strong surge of population, particularly of young people with disposable income who want to get in on the “Denver scene”.  It’s also the perfect time, because we’re at a point now where the smaller groups that had been startup “pick-up bands” 10 years ago are now established fixtures in the community.  We’ve got enough cultural diversity that if we unite together, we strengthen our ecosystem, and my God, would that unity create buzz and excitement for all of us!  Not only are we stronger united, but our strength makes it possible for NEW groups to form, for NEW entrepreneurs to come up in the community and create something unique.  By creating a consortium, we build a foundation for the success of the ecosystem to diversify with new “species”, as it were!

 

It’s a very exciting prospect, and with a few quick emails back and forth between the directors of our bands, we can get the ball rolling even as soon as this week, for the Facebook page, certainly.  It goes without saying that I and the Denver Early Music Consort would like to be in on the ground floor of this kind of effort.  I’ve got the enthusiasm and energy to put forth the initial work, and the momentum we build together will change the entire landscape on which we stand.  Denver can be a model for how successful arts orgs can work together to create something tremendous.  I’m ready to participate in making that happen.

 

Nothing like this yet exists.  I checked the SCFD website just before writing this email and found nothing promoting performances except a hidden little blog which didn’t at all satisfy my desire to see all SCFD-funded music events at once.  So, you want something done, you have to do it yourself sometimes, as my Colorado Singers Call List demonstrates.

 

If anyone would like to get in touch with Katie, let me know, and I’ll forward your e-mail to her (I don’t want to publish e-mail addresses in this public forum).

 

Although this is really exciting (and I hope it generates more energy in this direction), my query was more about some ideas for encouraging/persuading busy people like all of us to attend the concerts of our colleagues, as I don’t think lack of information is the problem (I’m usually aware, for instance, of when BCOC or PMCCO or Seicento concerts are taking place).  So here are some replies in that direction:

 

Brock Erickson, formerly E. D. of SMCC (and still a singer in that ensemble), wrote:

 

I think that anyone who can make the effort (or find the time!) to attend events by other groups will then bring a different, richer perspective to their own “home” organization.  It should also foster more opportunities for off-stage contact between performers, and could encourage more empathy and appreciation and less competitive or territorial feeling.  Try as we might, it is so easy for that really counterproductive attitude to creep in when everyone in another group is a stranger.

 

What about coming up with some kind of “performer pass”?  It could be a free pass that would let the holder attend 10 events for free during a year.  I don’t see it cutting into ticket revenues, because the ticket holder would probably not have attended the event without the pass.  We could start with the choral groups in town (or some other small collection of organizations), and if it worked it could be expanded to other kinds of groups.  Someone would have to manage the program, of course, and there would need to be some provision for groups to make some events not eligible, say in anticipation of a full house or something.

 

Tim, if some kind of project like this might be attempted I’d like to be involved.  It has always been a special interest of mine to try to get more cross-contact between our arts organizations.

 

(Katie and Brock, take note of each other… 😉

 

Christina Lynn-Craig also provided a paragraph along these lines in her e-mail:

 

Cantabile does something which is really nice, generous and helpful – they offer two comp tickets to music directors of other groups, and you don’t need to RSVP or anything – which means you can decide at the last minute to attend the concert, they just have your name at the door.

I like this idea so much, I’m going to propose it at the next SMCC board meeting!

 

Abbie Bettinis, Minneapolis-based composer (-extraordinaire, I might add), contributed the following about the Minn./St. Paul scene:

 

One of the things the Twin Cities choral scene has recently been doing is challenging others choirs to “sing-offs.”  I think it started with the One Voice Mixed Chorus (Jane Ramseyer Miller), who challenged Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus & The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists to a Broadway showtunes-based evening of singing and trivia.  Supporters from each chorus come out to vote for quartets that represented each chorus.  The defending champs then host and invite another Twin Cities choir.  (The choir Eric and I sing in, VocalPoint, was challenged this year by The Singers, defending champs)  My hunch is that it builds audiences for all choirs involved, but I’ll know more after we try to beat the pants of them.  Ha!  😉

 

The Twin Cities also has a #NewMusicMN hashtag on Twitter, so if a group is performing a lot of new music on their concert, they use the hashtag to connect with the new music audience who will come to any concert of new stuff.  That’s not just choral, but all ensembles.  You can see it here: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NewMusicMN

 

I think mutual fandom is such a critical part of sustaining and building on an already-so-artistic community… and often overlooked.

 

And finally (for this go-around at least), Abbie added the following from Minnesota Public Radio (I know several CPR people receive this Weeklythis might be an idea for you all [let’s see if any of you have actually read this far!])

 

Another really cool thing that Minnesota Public Radio has been doing is a little weekly spot called Art Hounds.  MPR handpicks artists from anywhere in the state and asks what we’re looking forward to attending this month.  It’s really fun — they bring you into the radio station and give you the mic for 2 minutes or so to geek out about something — but the rule is, you can’t be at all involved in it yourself.  You have to be completely just a fan.  It’s fun to hear ballet dancers recommending another company’s work, or composers getting psyched about a friend’s premiere.  They’re tiny spots on the radio, but then everyone can share them, of course.  More here: http://www.mprnews.org/topic/art-hounds

 

More comments (and comments on comments) are welcome.

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I have had a nasty, lingering cold these two weeks and more.  My apologies to any to whom I owe an e-mail or a reply . . . I’ve really fallen behind and am just trying to keep my head above water at this point.

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St. Martin’s Chamber Choir has just begun rehearsals for our early June concert, the finale to our 22nd Season, which in its entirety has been called “Stories in Choral Song.”  In this final concert, entitled “Short Stories in Song,” each number on the program tells a short story of its own.  Some are arrangements of folk tunes, some are poems; some are jolly and light-hearted, others are poignant and sad (MB told me she cried three times while sight-reading through one of the pieces Sunday afternoon!).  I’ll give a complete list of works to be performed in a subsequent Weekly.  For now, put these dates on your calendar, and plan to come see SMCC’s 22nd Season out:

 

  • , June 3, 7:30pm, Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Park Hill
  • , June 5, 3:00pm, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Cherry Hills Village

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at (303) 298-1970, or www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org.

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The Season is winding down – there are just 7 choral evensongs left before we break for the summer, and each one has some good stuff in it.  Many people of my acquaintance say they love to attend Evensong when they visit Britain – one of England’s best-kept secrets.  Well, there’s a church in Denver that does it every week, so imagine that you’re on vacation and come hear us!  We really do put on a beautiful service 98% of the time (yes, there have been a couple of times we’ve sung a service that I’d rather not remember – there was once a train-wreck in a Victoria anthem [my fault for trusting the women to read strange clefs], and there have been occasional tenor passages that have ruined the tuning of a piece, or basses that have gone ruinously astray.  But usually the musical quality at these services is quite high – nearly that of an English cathedral, I’d say!).  And spread the word to your Anglophile and music-loving friends.  Our average attendance is around 30, but I’d love to see 50! 100!  This Thursday it’s one of the more intimate services, an a cappella quartet singing the following, to honor the life and witness of Edward Demby and Henry Delany, two of the Episcopal church’s first African-American bishops:

 

April 14, 2016, 5:45pm, Choral Evensong: Demby and Delany

Preces & Responses: John Repulski (2006)

Canticle of Light: “Let my prayer” by John Blow (1649-1708)

Psalm: 119:161-168, plainchant

Service: Stephen Elvey (1805-1860) in A

Anthem: “O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit” by Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

Office Hymn: 526 (Dundee)

 

I almost programmed an African American spiritual, but decided that it might come off as patronizing.  I am fine programming spirituals when the person being honored actually loved and worked with them (Henry Burleigh, Frederick Douglass, etc.).  But programming a spiritual just because Demby and Delany were Black would be like someone programming a Ländler Waltz in a service for me because I have a German surname.  Not that I’d mind a Ländler, but those who know me know I’d prefer something English! J

 

Stephen Elvey, though holding Oxford posts for most of his life, wrote the above service at the age of 20 while a lay-clerk (singer) at Canterbury Cathedral, as a continuation of/companion for the (at the time) well-known morning service in A by William Croft.  Elvey was the older brother of the more famous Sir George Elvey (“Ah,” you’re saying, “now I know why the name sounded familiar!”  [I’m being facetious, obviously.  I expect only my friend Stewart Taylor, my old professor Lionel Pike, and possibly Alan Lewis, have ever heard of (and probably don’t care for the music of) either of the Elveys!]).  I find this a typically “jolly” service of the late-18th, early-19th centuries that I like so much for a cappella quartets (Boyce, Arnold, Cooke, Kelway, Ebdon, King – household names, in other words!).

 

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is popularly called “Good Shepherd Sunday,” and here’s the music I’ve planned:

 

April 17, 2016, 9:00 and 11:00am, Easter 4: “Good Shepherd Sunday”

*Introit: “Salvation belongeth to our God” by James Kent (c. 1700-1776)

Psalm 23: Anglican Chant by Herbert Oakeley

Anthem: “The Lord is my shepherd” by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Communion motet: “These are they” by John Goss (1800-1880)

Hymns: 181 (St. Ethelwald), *645 (St. Columba), 343 (St. Agnes), 708 (Sicilian Mariners)

*11:00 service only

 

The Stanford is an old chestnut, a favorite for many.  I especially like the bit where the men of the choir sing with virile gusto, “Thou shalt prepare a table before me” followed by the absolutely winsome tune sung by the women to “But thy loving kindness and thy mercy…”  The Epistle is from Revelation, as one might be able to tell from the Introit and the Communion motet.

 

That’s it for this week.  I hope you all are in better health than me at the moment!

Tim

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Timothy J. Krueger

Choirmaster, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver

Artistic Director, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (professional)

Affiliate Music Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver