November 29, 2015 Announcements

This Week’s News in Brief

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

 

Advent Lessons and Carols

This beautiful service of readings from scripture and sacred poetry, paired with hymns and anthems of the season, has become a St. Andrew’s tradition. Our service is dedicated to Mary, Mother of Our Lord. Join us on Sunday, December 6, at 5:30 pm.

 

Exploring Life and Faith: Our New Christian Formation Program on Thursday evenings

Controlling the Crazy: Please join us after Evensong & dinner for the following programs.

December 3: Christmas and Families

Two breakout sessions. One will be geared toward parents of small children with discussion about the holiday’s influence and pressure on children and families. The second offering will be discussion about the pressure of the holiday.

December 10: What does Christmas mean to you? Values and priorities.

In this session, we take a step back and look at our values and how we can celebrate the holidays with integrity, enjoying what we want to and saying no to what isn’t good for us.

December 17: The Paradoxes of the Season

We celebrate Christmas at the darkest time of the year. It’s cold, all the trees are in hibernation, and it can be depressing. Yet we light up our world like at no other time of the year. In this session we examine the paradox of light and dark, exploring how to let joy and sorrow, peace and turmoil, love and loneliness share space in our hearts – allowing Christ’s birth to cast light on our darkness.

Advent Daily Meditations

Advent Daily Meditations are back by popular demand, and return this December! Call for submissions! We will begin our Daily Advent Reflections starting in December, and would love to have volunteers submit a reflection. The process is easy, rewarding, and has a positive impact on the church community. If interested, please email Billy Powers at advent@standrewdenver.org. If you would like to sign up to receive a daily meditation written by one of our members, email Billy at advent@standrewdenver.org.

 

Extra pinecones, greens that you can spare?

Our Advent and Christmas decorations use a snowy woodland theme this year.  If you can donate pinecones from around your home, please place them in front of the large cabinet in the corner of the Delzell room by Sunday, December 13.  If you can provide cut fresh greens, please contact Judie James, 720-626-5300, JudithMJ@aol.com, and she will let you know when to bring them to the courtyard.

 

Advent and Christmas Memorials and Thanksgivings

Celebrate the Incarnation by remembering your loved ones with a contribution toward poinsettias and other decorations for Advent and Christmas.  Gifts given “to the Glory of God, in Memory of” or “in Thanksgiving for” are a beautiful tradition in our church.  Please complete the form found inserted in the Sunday leaflet and return it in the offertory plate or to the parish office with your donation attached by Monday, December 14.  A minimum donation of $30 is requested; please make checks payable to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with “Christmas Greening” in the memo line.  Remembrances will be listed in the service leaflets on Christmas Eve and Day.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is up and adorned with tags describing a present wished for by a child or mother served by Florence Crittenton Services.  Please purchase the item on the tag, firmly attach the tag to the gift or bag containing the gift, and return to the Giving Tree by Sunday, December 13.  Please do not wrap your gift.  FCS is a Denver nonprofit that empowers teen mothers to become productive members of the community by providing social-emotional support, life skills training, parenting education, after-school tutoring, and financial literacy which makes it possible for teen mothers to succeed, not only academically, but also as parents.  Nationally only 38% of pregnant and parenting girls complete high school while FCS achieved a 94.4% graduation rate in 2015.  Visit www.flocritco.org for more information

 

Children and Family Ministries

St. Andrew’s first Kids’ Choir! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your children! We will rehearse monthly on the first Thursday of each month, 7:15 – 8:30 PM in the Common Room or office area of the Parish House. We will sing in the communion motet approximately every other month. Additionally, we will include music-reading lessons along with lots of fun music activities and games, in addition to preparing our communion motet.

 

Save the date: The Flower Guild, led by Judie James, the Children and Family ministry, and the SCF ministry, will be joining on December 19, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. for the annual greening of the parish followed by a short vocal warm up. We will then go out into the evening and sing carols to our neighbors. Please mark your calendar for this fun event. More details, and ways to pitch in, will be forthcoming, but probably not for a few weeks. Thanks, Jonathan Culwell and Judie James

 

Considering volunteering for Godly Play or TSE? We would love to hear from you. To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, e-mail children@standrewdenver.org.

 

Community of Caring: Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s

The support of a faith community is essential in a time of crisis or personal challenge.    At St. Andrew’s we minister to one another in a variety of ways.

 

  • Prayer Chain: Have a prayer request for yourself or others? Email Jean Rafsnider. We have a ministry of members who hold your request in prayer every day.
  • Eucharistic Visits: Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to you if you are in the hospital, homebound, or struggling with a chronic illness.  Contact Diana Solomon.
  • A Meal that Heals: Do not worry about sustenance when illnesses or surgeries arise.  A Meal that Heals provides you and your family a meal to make healing easier.  Contact Barbara Day and Nancy Kidd to request a meal.
  • EZ-Rides: Are you unable to drive to church for some reason? Contact Diana Solomon.
  • Home Visits:  Offer a caring presence, attentive listening, and nonjudgmental support. Contact Mother Melissa for more information.

 

Contact our partners in ministry if you are in need or if you would like to get involved. If you need immediate pastoral attention, at the time of a death, illness, or other life crisis, please remember that you can call the church number: 303-296-1712. If Mary answers, ask for the rector’s voice mailbox, and as soon as the message begins, press 1.  You will be connected to a cell phone, where you can leave a message and expect a prompt reply. If the voicemail is on at the church, simply press 1 as soon as the greeting begins, and then press 1 again when the rector’s greeting begins. Please help us to help you by letting us know when you need the support of your community.

 

The Lectionary Discussion Group

The Lectionary Discussion Group meets every Sunday from 10:20am to 10:50am for informal discussions of the scripture readings for the day. We meet in the Parish House Common Room, directly across the courtyard from the Church. Please join us!

 

 

 

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to office@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.

Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

November 22, 2015 Announcements

This Week’s News in Brief
For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”

Please join us Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at 10am for our Thanksgiving Service.

Exploring Life and Faith: Our New Christian Formation Program on Thursday evenings
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, neither Evensong nor ELF will be offered on Thursday, November 26th.

Cathedral Ridge, our diocesan camp and conference center
Today, Sunday, November 22, we’ll have a chance to learn more about Cathedral Ridge, our diocesan camp and conference center in Woodland Park. The Reverend Ken Malcolm, Canon for Faith Formation, will preach at 9 and 11 am. At coffee hour between the services, there will be a chance to visit with him. After the 11 am service, he’ll offer a more formal look at the plans for Cathedral Ridge.

The diocese is in the early stages of a capital campaign to make major improvements to the Center at Cathedral Ridge, and has asked every parish to make a pledge by the end of the year. Our vestry wants to make sure all members of the parish have a chance to learn about the campaign and offer feedback before we begin to discern how we might be part of this effort.

More than 100 members of our parish have visited Cathedral Ridge for retreats or conferences. Whether you have enjoyed time there, or never had the chance to visit, come learn more this Sunday!

Advent Daily Meditations
Advent Daily Meditations are back by popular demand, and return this December! Call for submissions! We will begin our Daily Advent Reflections starting in December, and would love to have volunteers submit a reflection. The process is easy, rewarding, and has a positive impact on the church community. If interested, please email Billy Powers at advent@standrewdenver.org. If you would like to sign up to receive a daily meditation written by one of our members, email Billy at advent@standrewdenver.org.

Extra pinecones, greens that you can spare?
Our Advent and Christmas decorations use a snowy woodland theme this year. If you can donate pinecones from around your home, please place them in front of the large cabinet in the corner of the Delzell room by Sunday, December 13. If you can provide cut fresh greens, please contact Judie James, 720-626-5300, JudithMJ@aol.com, and she will let you know when to bring them to the courtyard.

The Lectionary Discussion Group
The Lectionary Discussion Group meets every Sunday from 10:20am to 10:50am for informal discussions of the scripture readings for the day. We meet in the Parish House Common Room, directly across the courtyard from the Church. Please join us!

Advent and Christmas Memorials and Thanksgivings
Celebrate the Incarnation by remembering your loved ones with a contribution toward poinsettias and other decorations for Advent and Christmas. Gifts given “to the Glory of God, in Memory of” or “in Thanksgiving for” are a beautiful tradition in our church. Please complete the form found inserted in the Sunday leaflet and return it in the offertory plate or to the parish office with your donation attached by Monday, December 14. A minimum donation of $30 is requested; please make checks payable to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with “Christmas Greening” in the memo line. Remembrances will be listed in the service leaflets on Christmas Eve and Day.

Children and Family Ministries
The Godly Play Team meeting: November 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Undercroft. Note the CHANGE of date. We’ll be planning for Advent.

St. Andrew’s first Kids’ Choir! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your children! We will rehearse monthly on the first Thursday of each month, 7:15 – 8:30 PM in the Common Room or office area of the Parish House. We will sing in the communion motet approximately every other month. Additionally, we will include music-reading lessons along with lots of fun music activities and games, in addition to preparing our communion motet.

Save the date: The Flower Guild, led by Judie James, the Children and Family ministry, and the SCF ministry, will be joining on December 19, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. for the annual greening of the parish followed by a short vocal warm up. We will then go out into the evening and sing carols to our neighbors. Please mark your calendar for this fun event. More details, and ways to pitch in, will be forthcoming, but probably not for a few weeks. Thanks, Jonathan Culwell and Judie James

Considering volunteering for Godly Play or TSE? We would love to hear from you. To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, e-mail children@standrewdenver.org.

Community of Caring: Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s
The support of a faith community is essential in a time of crisis or personal challenge. At St. Andrew’s we minister to one another in a variety of ways.

• Prayer Chain: Have a prayer request for yourself or others? Email Jean Rafsnider. We have a ministry of members who hold your request in prayer every day.
• Eucharistic Visits: Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to you if you are in the hospital, homebound, or struggling with a chronic illness. Contact Diana Solomon.
• A Meal that Heals: Do not worry about sustenance when illnesses or surgeries arise. A Meal that Heals provides you and your family a meal to make healing easier. Contact Barbara Day and Nancy Kidd to request a meal.
• EZ-Rides: Are you unable to drive to church for some reason? Contact Diana Solomon.
• Home Visits: Offer a caring presence, attentive listening, and nonjudgmental support. Contact Mother Melissa for more information.

Contact our partners in ministry if you are in need or if you would like to get involved. If you need immediate pastoral attention, at the time of a death, illness, or other life crisis, please remember that you can call the church number: 303-296-1712. If Mary answers, ask for the rector’s voice mailbox, and as soon as the message begins, press 1. You will be connected to a cell phone, where you can leave a message and expect a prompt reply. If the voicemail is on at the church, simply press 1 as soon as the greeting begins, and then press 1 again when the rector’s greeting begins. Please help us to help you by letting us know when you need the support of your community.
Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to office@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday
for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.
Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

November 15, 2015 Announcements

This Week’s News in Brief

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

 Friends of Music Benefit Concert: Friday, November 20, 7:30

Operatic soprano Ruth L. Carver and guitarist Brendan Bondurant perform a concert benefiting the Friends of Music. Ruth will be joined by pianist Mallory Bernstein on some of her favorite arias and songs, and Brendan will offer an exciting selection of world music and Flamenco guitar pieces. All offerings will benefit the Friends of Music fundraising efforts.

 Advent Daily Meditations

Advent Daily Meditations will return this December!  If you would like to sign up to receive a daily meditation written by one of our members, email Billy at advent@standrewdenver.org.

Children and Family Ministries

The Godly Play Team meeting:  November 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Undercroft.  Note the CHANGE of date.  We’ll be planning for Advent.

St. Andrew’s first Kids’ Choir! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your children! We will rehearse monthly on the first Thursday of each month, 7:15 – 8:30 PM in the Common Room or office area of the Parish House. We will sing in the communion motet approximately every other month. Additionally, we will include music-reading lessons along with lots of fun music activities and games, in addition to preparing our communion motet.

 Save the date: The Flower Guild, led by Judie James, the Children and Family ministry, and the SCF ministry, will be joining on December 19, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. for the annual greening of the parish followed by a short vocal warm up. We will then go out into the evening and sing carols to our neighbors. Please mark your calendar for this fun event. More details, and ways to pitch in, will be forthcoming, but probably not for a few weeks. Thanks, Jonathan Culwell and Judie James

Considering volunteering for Godly Play or TSE? We would love to hear from you. To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, e-mail children@standrewdenver.org.

Exploring Life and Faith: Our New Christian Formation Program on Thursday evenings

We begin with Choral Evensong at 5:45 pm and then a simple meal at 6:30 pm. The classes start at 7:00 pm, and the evening ends with sung Compline prayer at 8:30 pm. Child care is provided starting at 6:30 pm. One class for November 5 will be Unequally Yoked: A Pairing of Sunday Scripture Lessons with art, poetry or fiction, led by Anne and Peter Thulson. Participants will explore pairing connections, rhymes and meanings.

Community of Caring: Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’sThe support of a faith community is essential in a time of crisis or personal challenge.    At St. Andrew’s we minister to one another in a variety of ways.

  • Prayer Chain: Have a prayer request for yourself or others? Email Jean Rafsnider. We have a ministry of members who hold your request in prayer every day.
  • Eucharistic Visits: Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to you if you are in the hospital, homebound, or struggling with a chronic illness.  Contact Diana Solomon.
  • A Meal that Heals: Do not worry about sustenance when illnesses or surgeries arise.  A Meal that Heals provides you and your family a meal to make healing easier.  Contact Barbara Day and Nancy Kidd to request a meal.
  • EZ-Rides: Are you unable to drive to church for some reason? Contact Diana Solomon.
  • Home Visits:  Offer a caring presence, attentive listening, and nonjudgmental support. Contact Mother Melissa for more information.

Contact our partners in ministry if you are in need or if you would like to get involved. If you need immediate pastoral attention, at the time of a death, illness, or other life crisis, please remember that you can call the church number: 303-296-1712. If Mary answers, ask for the rector’s voice mailbox, and as soon as the message begins, press 1.  You will be connected to a cell phone, where you can leave a message and expect a prompt reply. If the voicemail is on at the church, simply press 1 as soon as the greeting begins, and then press 1 again when the rector’s greeting begins. Please help us to help you by letting us know when you need the support of your community.

 

The Lectionary Discussion Group

The Lectionary Discussion Group meets every Sunday from 10:20am to 10:50am for informal discussions of the scripture readings for the day. We meet in the Parish House Common Room, directly across the courtyard from the Church. Please join us!

 

Recommended by Cynthia Katsarelis: Pro Music Colorado Chamber Orchestra—Mozart with Larry Graham

Pro Musica Colorado, Cynthia Katsarelis music director, presents a season opener that includes a Colorado legend, pianist Larry Graham, performing Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor. Minor keyed concertos and symphonies are rare, but in them, Mozart explores a broad and deep range of human emotion. Also on the program is Mozart’s Prague Symphony and Flying Crooked, a world premiere by CU Composition Competition winner Kurt Mehlenbacker. Concerts Friday, November 20 in Denver and Saturday, November 21in Boulder. For tickets and more information, please visit www.promusicacolorado.org

 

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to office@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.

Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

November 8, 2015 Announcements

So We Today Our First Fruits Bring: St. Andrew’s Annual Stewardship Campaign

We are in the process of collecting all pledge cards from this year’s Stewardship Campaign. The goals of this year’s campaign are ambitious: raise $515,350 and reach 160 pledging households.  To meet these goals, we need the participation of everyone.

If you have already pledged thank you. If you have not yet pledged, please join the 99 households who have already done so. To pledge, simply complete a pledge card and drop it in the offering plate or you can email your information to Mary in the Church Office at mary@standrewdenver.org.

 

Annual Fall Work Day, Saturday, November 14, 8:00am to 12:00pm

Join us for the Annual Fall Work Day, 8am to 12:00pm. Tasks include raking the lawn and garden beds, and various winterizing tasks on the buildings and grounds. Please join us for bagels and coffee at 7:30am. Can’t make it for the entire time? Not a problem, come for as long as you can. Please contact Jeff Brown, Junior Warden, at jbrown@wini.com or 720-630-0962.

 

Save the date! Reception for those New to St. Andrew’s on Sunday, November 15

Visiting or seeking a community of faith? Making St. Andrew’s your church home?  If you are new among us, please join us on November 15 at One Lincoln Plaza immediately following the 11am service.  This is an opportunity to meet and greet fellow members of St. Andrew’s and to ask any questions you might have.  We’d love to get to know you better. Email Mother Melissa for more details.

 

Children and Family Ministries

St. Andrew’s first Kids’ Choir!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your children! We will rehearse monthly on the first Thursday of each month, 7:15 – 8:30 PM in the Common Room or office area of the Parish House. We will sing in the communion motet approximately every other month. Additionally, we will include music-reading lessons along with lots of fun music activities and games, in addition to preparing our communion motet.

 

Save the date: The Flower Guild, led by Judie James, the Children and Family ministry, and the SCF ministry, will be joining on December 19, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. for the annual greening of the parish followed by a short vocal warm up. We will then go out into the evening and sing carols to our neighbors. Please mark your calendar for this fun event. More details, and ways to pitch in, will be forthcoming, but probably not for a few weeks. Thanks, Jonathan Culwell and Judie James

 

Considering volunteering for Godly Play or TSE? We would love to hear from you. To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, e-mail children@standrewdenver.org.

Exploring Life and Faith: Our New Christian Formation Program on Thursday evenings

We begin with Choral Evensong at 5:45 pm and then a simple meal at 6:30 pm. The classes start at 7:00 pm, and the evening ends with sung Compline prayer at 8:30 pm. Child care is provided starting at 6:30 pm. One class for November 5 will be Unequally Yoked: A Pairing of Sunday Scripture Lessons with art, poetry or fiction, led by Anne and Peter Thulson. Participants will explore pairing connections, rhymes and meanings. Class topics this week are Spiritually Based Self-Care: Using Your Faith to Get   Unstuck!, led by Carrie Doehring and Unsung Saints of the Bible “Job”, led by Lucy McGuffey.

 

Friends of Music Benefit Concert: Friday, November 20, 7:30

Operatic soprano Ruth L. Carver and guitarist Brendan Bondurant perform a concert benefiting the Friends of Music. Ruth will be joined by pianist Mallory Bernstein on some of her favorite arias and songs, and Brendan will offer an exciting selection of world music and Flamenco guitar pieces. All offerings will benefit the Friends of Music fundraising efforts.

 

Community of Caring: Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s

The support of a faith community is essential in a time of crisis or personal challenge.    At St. Andrew’s we minister to one another in a variety of ways.

 

  • Prayer Chain: Have a prayer request for yourself or others? Email Jean Rafsnider. We have a ministry of members who hold your request in prayer every day.
  • Eucharistic Visits: Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to you if you are in the hospital, homebound, or struggling with a chronic illness.  Contact Diana Solomon.
  • A Meal that Heals: Do not worry about sustenance when illnesses or surgeries arise.  A Meal that Heals provides you and your family a meal to make healing easier.  Contact Barbara Day and Nancy Kidd to request a meal.
  • EZ-Rides: Are you unable to drive to church for some reason? Contact Diana Solomon.
  • Home Visits:  Offer a caring presence, attentive listening, and nonjudgmental support. Contact Mother Melissa for more information.

 

Contact our partners in ministry if you are in need or if you would like to get involved. If you need immediate pastoral attention, at the time of a death, illness, or other life crisis, please remember that you can call the church number: 303-296-1712. If Mary answers, ask for the rector’s voice mailbox, and as soon as the message begins, press 1.  You will be connected to a cell phone, where you can leave a message and expect a prompt reply. If the voicemail is on at the church, simply press 1 as soon as the greeting begins, and then press 1 again when the rector’s greeting begins. Please help us to help you by letting us know when you need the support of your community.

 

The Lectionary Discussion Group

The Lectionary Discussion Group meets every Sunday from 10:20AM to 10:50AM for informal discussions of the scripture readings for the day. We meet in the Parish House Common Room, directly across the courtyard from the Church. Please join us!

 

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir Concert

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir presents the regional premiere of Carl Czerny’s recently discovered 1827 transcription of the Mozart Requiem for four-hand piano accompaniment, featuring pianists Tamara Goldstein and Mutsumi Moteki and twelve singers from the Choir. Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm at Saint Paul Community of Faith, Denver. Tickets:  Online at www.stmartinschamberchoir.org; by phone 303-298-1970; or at the door one hour before each performance.

 

Recommended by Nancy Fox: Meeting Invitation

Nancy Fox invites interested parishioners to join her at the Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU) meeting on Tuesday, November 10, from 10:00 – noon, at Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Avenue, Denver — on the corner of Hampden and Monaco.  CFCU is a diverse group of faith communities working together to reduce gun deaths and injuries.  Its membership includes more than thirty congregations along the Front Range and in Summit County. Please rsvp to Nancy if you plan to attend: 303-777-2936.

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Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to office@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday

for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.

Expanded news appears each week in St. Andrew’s weekly eMinistry (with its own deadline of Monday at noon) – accessible via the homepage of our website: www.standrewdenver.org.

November 1, 2015 Announcements

So We Today Our First Fruits Bring: St. Andrew’s Annual Stewardship Campaign

Today we conclude our stewardship campaign by singing all of Hymn #705 which has provided this year’s stewardship theme. And we take a look at the last line of this hymn:  “Teach us to give ourselves each day until life’s work is done.”

When this campaign began, we thought about what it means to be a saint and today we end our campaign on the day we celebrate all saints – those named, un-named and those sitting next to you in the pew.

The seed to become a saint is a gift from God and is nurtured by God in our faith community. It is a call we all share.  But like all calls, it does not come fully developed – we grow into it each day of our lives formed by our life experiences, our community and by the Spirit.  A part of that formation is giving of ourselves – sharing of our time, talent and treasure – a giving that forms us as an individual and strengthens the community that in turn supports us.

If you have already pledged, thank you. If you have not yet pledged, simply complete a pledge card and drop it in the offering plate or you can email your information to Mary in the Church Office at mary@standrewdenver.org. Thank you.

 

Parking Lot News: Meet the Buyer of 2011 Glenarm Place, Sunday, November 8, 12:30pm

On November 8, we will meet the buyer and future developer of 2011 Glenarm Place. Amy Harmon of Urban Market Partners, with some of her associates, including architect Maria Cole of gkkworks, will present her concepts for property development on both sides of Glenarm Place, including the possible reconfiguration of traffic patterns. Amy is known for her collaborative approach and her work with neighbors. She looks forward to meeting the St. Andrew’s community. Join us in the undercroft for the presentation and questions.

 

Children and Family Ministries

Considering volunteering for Godly Play or TSE? We would love to hear from you. To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, e-mail children@standrewdenver.org.

 

Annual Fall Work Day, Saturday, November 14, 8:00am to 12:00pm

Join us for the Annual Fall Work Day, 8am to 12:00pm. Tasks include raking the lawn and garden beds, and various winterizing tasks on the buildings and grounds. Please join us for bagels and coffee at 7:30am. Can’t make it for the entire time? Not a problem, come for as long as you can. Please contact Jeff Brown, Junior Warden, at jbrown@wini.com or 720-630-0962.

 

Date Change: Save the date! Reception for those New to St. Andrew’s on Sunday, November 15

Visiting or seeking a community of faith? Making St. Andrew’s your church home?  If you are new among us, please join us on November 15 at One Lincoln Plaza immediately following the 11am service.  This is an opportunity to meet and greet fellow members of St. Andrew’s and to ask any questions you might have.  We’d love to get to know you better. Email Mother Melissa for more details.

 

Exploring Life and Faith: Our New Christian Formation Program on Thursday evenings

We begin with Choral Evensong at 5:45 pm and then a simple meal at 6:30 pm. The classes start at 7:00 pm, and the evening ends with sung Compline prayer at 8:30 pm. Child care is provided starting at 6:30 pm. One class for November 5 will be Unequally Yoked: A Pairing of Sunday Scripture Lessons with art, poetry or fiction, led by Anne and Peter Thulson. Participants will explore pairing connections, rhymes and meanings.

 

Invitation to join the taskforce on racial justice and reconciliation

In response to the recent tragic events in America, a group of parishioners are developing a taskforce on racial justice and reconciliation. We hope to contribute to the parish mission of seeking the renewal of the world through self-examination and building relationships with other communities.  We are seeking new members called to this work and its challenges, and who may have experience in justice work and/or contacts in the wider community. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, email Lucy McGuffey at lucy.mcguffey@ucdenver.edu.

 

Aging Gracefully

On the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm, everyone is welcome to join us in the Undercroft for discussions related to aging gracefully. The next meeting is November 4 with a focus on anticipating end-of-life decisions. We will talk about resources and care facilities that can help you or a loved one face the challenges of the last phases of a terminal illness or advanced age. We will also consider discussions you may want to have with family about aggressive treatment versus palliative care. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Burley at 303-433-7416.

 

Friends of Music Benefit Concert: Friday, November 20, 7:30

Operatic soprano Ruth L. Carver and guitarist Brendan Bondurant perform a concert benefiting the Friends of Music. Ruth will be joined by pianist Mallory Bernstein on some of her favorite arias and songs, and Brendan will offer an exciting selection of world music and Flamenco guitar pieces. All offerings will benefit the Friends of Music fundraising efforts.

 

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir Concerts

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir presents the regional premiere of Carl Czerny’s recently discovered 1827 transcription of the Mozart Requiem for four-hand piano accompaniment, featuring pianists Tamara Goldstein and Mutsumi Moteki and twelve singers from the Choir. Friday, November 6, 7:30 pm at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Denver. Saturday, November 7, 7:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge.

Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm at Saint Paul Community of Faith, Denver. Tickets:  Online at www.stmartinschamberchoir.org; by phone 303-298-1970; or at the door one hour before each performance.

 

Recommended by Nancy Fox: Meeting Invitation

Nancy Fox invites interested parishioners to join her at the Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU) meeting on Tuesday, November 10, from 10:00 – noon, at Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Avenue, Denver — on the corner of Hampden and Monaco.  CFCU is a diverse group of faith communities working together to reduce gun deaths and injuries.  Its membership includes more than thirty congregations along the Front Range and in Summit County. Please rsvp to Nancy if you plan to attend: 303-777-2936.

 

Do you have News in Brief to share? Please email it to office@standrewdenver.org by noon on Wednesday

for inclusion in the following Sunday’s announcements.

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September 13, 2015 Announcements

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 19

This Week’s News in Brief

For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly eMinistry

First Annual Fall Festival and Estate Sale October 10
Call for donations! We are collecting donations for the Fall Festival and Estate Sale! Please bring smaller items to the Undercroft beginning this Sunday!

For larger items, we will have a pod in the parking lot soon! Please contact Ally Dodge or Alice Barton if you have larger donations, craft items, items for the bake sale, or if you want to volunteer!

Exploring Life and Faith:  Begins Thursday, September 17

Thank you to the more than 100 parishioners who completed the recent survey on opportunities for Christian formation for all ages. Based on your enthusiastic response, we’re proceeding with plans to invite all ages to a weekly evening of prayer, fellowship, food, and educational offerings. We’ll begin with Choral Evensong at 5:45, continue with a light supper, meet for different classes and programs, and end with Compline.

 

The Season is Changing . . . Regular Sunday Schedule Begins September 20

Our regular Sunday worship and formation schedule begins on September 20, with services at 9 and 11 am and 5:30 pm. Nursery is available at each service; coffee hour follows both services.  Children’s formation takes place during the 9 am service. On Sunday, September 13, we’ll re-gather after the summer for a final 10 am service, followed by our traditional Ministry Fair.

 

Episcopal Inquiry: A Pre-Catechumenate begins Thursday, September 24

A six-week class called “Episcopal Inquiry” will be part of our new Thursday evening program, Exploring Life and Faith. The class will focus on the topics and questions that newer members and others typically ask about. Why do we worship the way we do in the Episcopal Church? What are the Sacraments and what do they mean? How did the Episcopal Church begin and what are its central characteristics? Why would I want to be an Episcopalian? Ample time will be given for participants to raise questions; address their hopes and ideas; and interact with others. As has become our custom, we’ll offer a full nine-month Catechumenate in the fall of 2016. This year, persons newer to St. Andrew’s will want to consider “Episcopal Inquiry,” as may other parishioners with similar interests and questions. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Father George at gmagnuson@comcast.net.

 

Block Party: September 19

St. Andrew’s is partnering with Uptown Hill Neighborhood Association on this special street festival celebration one block from the church at Benedict Park (20th and Logan) from 4:00-9:00 pm. There will be food vendors, games for kids and adults, face painting, raffles.  We want to have high presence from St. Andrew’s.  Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering, call Elayne at (303) 586-4030

 

St. Andrew’s Fall Parish Retreat – October 16-18

St. Andrew’s Parish Retreat will build on some great programs from the recent past. In essence, this is a combination Women’s Retreat, Men’s Retreat, Kids’ Retreat and Family Retreat. This will be an opportunity for wonder, exploration of our spirituality, immersion in nature—all shared by our parish family; perhaps with a sing-along and a few s’mores. A dynamic group of individuals have begun planning a terrific event, and want to hear from you via the survey. And, we’ll hope you’ll mark your calendars now! Questions: email Joe Schwairy, geyejoe1633@comcast.net

Moveable Feasts Sign-ups Have Begun

Sign-ups have begun for this year’s series of Moveable Feasts dinners and will continue through October 11th. All adults in the parish are invited to fill out a form and submit it to an usher, or directly to Debbie Courtney. Forms are available on the table at the back of the church or by emailing Debbie. The way it works is this:  Once all the sign-up forms have been collected, the entire list will be divided into groups for the first Moveable Feast dinner on Saturday, November 14th.  Then, for the next dinner on January 23rd, the groups will be reshuffled into new groups using a computer program to achieve a good random mix. (Shelley Brown is our Guru of Randomness). This process will be repeated for the March 12th and May 21st dinners.  By changing groups each time, we will have an opportunity to get to know a large number of our parish family throughout the year.

 

On the sign-up form, you are asked to indicate in which of the 4 months you might be able to be a Host, and to report any of the 4 dinners for which you know you will be out of town.  By the end of October, you will receive a print-out of the Hosts and Group assignments as well as contact information for everyone who signed up. Hosts will be responsible for contacting the people in their group several weeks before their dinner, deciding what entrée they will be serving and coordinating what side dishes their guests will be bringing. (Appetizers, salads, vegetables & starches, & desserts). You can be as casual or as formal as you want – the idea is to get to know everyone and enjoy yourself.  So please sign up, everybody!  See you at dinner!

 

Children and Family Ministries

Godly Play and TSE restart September 20th when we change back to 9am and 11am worship. Please plan to be in our Sunday Singing Circle at 8:50am. All are welcome to join us!

 

To be in touch about Children & Family Ministries at St. Andrew’s, please e-mail Sally Thomas at sally@standrewdenver.org or call 303-296-1712 x3

 

The Keys are Coming… Are You Ready?

Thanks to all those volunteers with keys who have completed the requisite Safeguarding God’s Children Training in anticipation of October 1st when the church will be rekeyed. Information on how to be trained either in person or online is available on our website.

 

If you have a set of keys to our church, you are part of a vital initiative here. St. Andrew’s and the entire Episcopal Church strive to drastically reduce the risk of child sexual abuse both within and outside the walls of our churches. The single most effective way we can ensure this is to require all who hold keys to our buildings to be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children.  The more adults who are aware of ways to prevent and be alert to this kind of abuse, the more we, as a parish family, can be a force for good.

 

All those who serve on the vestry are either already certified or have committed to taking this training. Many of our parishioners have already taken the Safeguarding God’s Children training and all agree that they have learned a great deal and that it was time well spent. We look forward to your joining us in our efforts to keep St. Andrew’s a safe place for our children.

 

Therefore, we are ask all who will hold keys after October 1st to have a current certificate of training in Safeguarding God’s Children.

 

More information about how to register or renew your Safeguarding God’s Children training is available on our website. St. Andrew’s is offering one here on September 19th from 9-12:30.

 

Be a Bible Sponsor

This autumn we welcome 4 new members to our TSE middle and high school group and each will receive a Bible as we work together to deepen our experience with the “good book.” The edition we use and absolutely love is a hard-cover NRSV with maps, commentary, and a concordance. It is so good, in fact, that it will be one that our older children will reference for a lifetime. If you would like to be a Bible Sponsor, the cost of each Bible is $35. A sample is available in the Undercroft. Please let Sally know if you would like to sponsor one or if you would like to purchase one for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

St. Andrew’s Young Adults Culture Tasting Club

Announcing the exciting new club for the 20s and 30s in the congregation!  The first meeting is on Thursday, September 17, 6:30pm; we will usually meet two Thursdays per month. We’ll read and discuss books, see concerts, and experience culture together as we energize this diverse group and discover more about ourselves and each other. Our first book will be H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. To join, or If you know a young adult who loves culture, please email Ruth Carver Bondurant at rucarver@gmail.com.

 

Parking Lot Update

St. Andrews and Urban Land Conservancy (our parking lot partners) are dissolving the partnership. In May, several broad strategies for accomplishing the dissolution in a positive manner were described. Since that time, our Parking Lots Steering Committee and Vestry have been investigating the feasibility, opportunities, and consequences of those strategies. These things are complicated and confidentiality is necessary, so your support, patience, and prayers are appreciated during this period!   If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please share them with any member of the Vestry, the Rector, or either of our Caledonian Managers, Roger Kilgore and George Hoover. We have set up an email address to which you may send your written comments and questions: parkinglots@standrewdenver.org. The committee will review and discuss all emails, comments, questions, and concerns, in their regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

 

Godly Play In A Nutshell: Saturday, September 25th from 9am-3:30pm in Room 103, St. John’s Cathedral

Join us for a day of Godly Play training appropriate for adults who want to go a bit deeper. With accredited Godly Play trainers Kim McPherson and Sally Thomas, we will hear stories, focus on best practices for storytellers and door people, and swap ideas and learnings to “get ready” as the new year begins. We start promptly! Questions? Leave messages for Kim McPherson (303-577-7729) or Sally Thomas (303-296-1712 x3)

 

St. Francis HALO Dinner to Honor Sally Brown

The St. Francis Center is honoring The Rev. Sally Brown with their HALO Award at their main fund raiser of the year, the HALO Gala which will be held on October 10, 2015 at the Westminster Westin Hotel.

 

Sally is being honored not only for her years of faithful volunteer service to St. Francis Center, but for her voice in the decision of St. John’s Cathedral Vestry to offer a portion of Cathedral Square to SFC to construct a 40 unit supportive housing facility. Residents will be served with managed care and an array of social service options that will enable them to regain self-sufficiency, or to live out their years without constant fear and insecurity for a place to lay their heads.

 

We’d like to gather several tables of supporters from St. Andrew’s Church to help celebrate Sally.

Sally was our Deacon at St. Andrew’s for many years until her retirement in 2010. St. Andrew’s was blessed with Sally’s faithfulness and commitment to everything she touched.  Her intelligence, her wit and her work ethic will always be remembered by those who worked with her, as well as those who were beneficiaries of her unfailing care and love.

 

Here are the particulars of the HALO GALA event:
Saturday, October 10, 2015
5:30 PM
Westminster Westin Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd.
Dinner and Auction
Tickets Reserved by October 1 – $100
We do have scholarship money available to purchase tickets for any who would like to attend but can’t fit it into the budget at this time.
Please contact Betty Luce if you plan to attend, betty.luce@comcast.net. You can either mail a check to her at 2660 Meade St., Denver, CO 80211, or catch her at church.  Or, you can purchase your tickets on line at www.sfcdenver.org.  Just be sure to tell them that you are at St. Andrew’s Table.  And please let Betty know that you’ve done this, so she can keep a tally of our table(s), and arrange car-pooling for the ride up to Westminster.

 

 

 

Farm Stand: Recommended by Eric Buteyn

Support your neighborhood farmers! Visit the Farm Stand at 25th and Lawrence, every Thursday from
4:00 – 7:00PM. Skip a trip to the grocery, purchase your delicious and nutritious veggie from Farm Stand. Questions contact Eric at eric@producedenver.com

Musical Weekly

27 October, 2015

In this issue:

  • Promo video for SMCC concert “Mozart Requiem á la Czerny”
  • Replies to formatting query
  • Imago Divina – Images of the Divine through Art
  • This Week at St. Andrew’s (including a collaborative Requiem Mass between St. Andrew’s and St. John’s Cathedral at the cathedral, for All Souls’)

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St. Martin’s Chamber Choir’s Mozart Requiem concert is coming up in a couple weeks (Nov. 6-8), and we’ve recorded a promo video to be found here: https://youtu.be/foWaQT_gzmY

MB and I have been on a new diet for the last couple months, and I’ve lost 7 pounds.  So I’m disappointed in this video by the little paunch that is still visible…  My goal is to lose 10 more lbs.  Still, if one gets past my weight, the video is a great run-down of what’s special about this concert (see also previous Weeklys).

Highlights:

  • Czerny’s 4-hand arrangement of accompaniment – quite difficult
  • Thought lost for 150 years – recently republished
  • Regional premiere of this version (to my knowledge)
  • Mutsumi Moteki and Tamara Goldstein, pianists
  • Also on the program: Czerny’s 6-hand arrangement of three popular tunes called “Les Trois Soeurs” (The Three Sisters) in which I will play the easiest part (youngest sister?), seated between the above two fabulous pianists!

Do come, and get your tickets now: (303) 298-1970; http://www.stmartinschamberchoir.org/tickets/

  • Fri., Nov. 6, 7:30pm, Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver (Park Hill) (9’ Steinway)
  • Sat., Nov. 7, 7:30pm, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge (7’ Kawai)
  • Sun., Nov. 8, 3:00pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church/Community of Faith, Denver (9’ Bösendorfer)

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Perhaps of interest to some, but stultifyingly boring to others, I got a couple replies from readers on my question about how to format titles of musical works, composers names, etc. in programs and service leaflets.  The most extensive reply came from David V., the editor of a regional periodical on wine (and organist), who wrote the following, vindicating most of what I said my own personal practice:

Well, you asked for it! I don’t see any reason to italicize the names and dates of composers, but I wouldn’t say it’s prohibited either—it is merely a style decision based on the design of your program. Foreign words should always be italicized, as you indicated. Titles should be set off by quotation marks, except that larger works should be italicized (e.g., “For unto us a child is born” from Messiah). The same rule applies to chapters in books. I would capitalize all words in actual titles, but not in quoting first lines of text, so I would make it “The Call” or “Dido’s Lament,” but I agree with you on “Behold, now praise the Lord,” for example. I do not enclose generic titles such as Prelude, Postlude, Sonata, etc., in quotation marks (although The American Organist disagrees with me), so it would be Prelude and Fugue in F Major (I always capitalize Major and not minor, but that’s probably a personal quirk). Hymn tunes are tricky: the traditional style is to use upper-and-lower-case caps, (Hyfrydol), which is hard for most people who prepare church bulletins, so I’ve pretty much given up on it and have gone with italics as you did. As a frequent substitute, I usually try to avoid confusion by using quotation marks for hymn tunes (e.g., Postlude on “Hyfrydol”), but many church administrators seem to want to put quotes around the whole title or make it all italics, so I’m never really sure how it’s going to come out (maybe even “Postlude on Hyfrydol”). Anyway, I rarely encounter a church as careful about titles and composers as St. Andrew’s, so I appreciate that!

The moral is probably never to ask an editor about style and formatting issues.

Though David is the only reply I reproduce here, I appreciate those who replied with other conventions (even though you’re wrong).  (ha ha) 😉

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This coming Sunday evening, Nov. 1, 5:30pm, in place of the usual Still Point service at St. Andrew’s, we will be having the first of five events that we’ve chosen to call “Imago Divina: Images of the Divine through Art.”  We got a grant from the Calvin Institute of Vital Worship for these events.  In each one, an artist we have selected will present a work of their art, and describe where they see the divine in it.  There will be discussion, followed by a shared meal (chicken pot pie at this first one – yumm!), and will conclude with a brief meditative service (a la Still Point, but no Eucharist) centered around the piece of art.

In this first event, the featured artist is Jennifer Miller, a member of the Art faculty at MSU-Denver, who works with lighting, illumination, and projections.  She will project images on the walls, pillars, and ceiling of the church, and talk about sensing the divine essence in the mundane, every-day world.  She herself is a Mennonite, and, having met and chatted with her as she has been preparing for this event, I am very much looking forward to her presentation.  (In subsequent events we will have textiles, poetry/narrative, dance, and other arts).

The event is free (including the meal), and I invite the curious to come and witness this unique and, I think, enriching experience.  No religious pedigree is required or even desired – “the Divine” is to be defined by you, and secondarily by the presenting artist.  It will conclude, meal and all, by 7:30.

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Evensong this Thursday contains the following music, rendered by an a cappella quartet:

October 29, 2015, Choral Evensong: James Hannington

  • Preces & Responses: John Repulski (2006)
  • Canticle of Light: Phos hilaron by M. Susan Brown (2000)
  • Psalm: 124 (plainchant)
  • Service: John Goss (1800-1880) in E Major
  • Anthem: “These are they” by John Goss (1800-1880)
  • Office Hymn: 241 (Laus Deo)

I like that it is now dark when the service takes place – something about the atmosphere of Evensong in a darkened church that is harder to achieve in a bright, sun-lit church.

This Sunday is the Feast of All Saints – one of the four major church holidays (Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost being the other three) – the one, in fact, that gave birth to its superstitious corruption, Hallowe’en (how sad that a beautiful holiday that is about loved ones who have died, and their resurrection to eternal life, has been corrupted [willfully, or simply through superstitious ignorance?] into a creepy day about corpses rising from graves to haunt the living).  Anyway, there’s lots of great music for All Saints’, since it’s a major feast.  Here’s what I’ve chosen:

November 1, 2015, All Saints’ Day

  • *Introit: Justorum animae by William Byrd (1540-1623)
  • Anthem: “Lift up your heads” from Messiah, by G. F. Handel (1685-1759)
  • *Fraction Anthem: Tantum Ergo by Robert L. Pearsall (1795-1856)
  • Communion motet: “And I saw a new heaven” by Edgar L. Bainton (1880-1956)
  • Hymns: 287 (Sine nomine), *286 (Zeuch mich, zeuch mich), 293 (Grand Isle), 618 (Lasst uns erfreuen)

*11:00 service only

All good stuff.  My choir is particularly fond of the Bainton.  They practically swoon every time I hand it out (which is about twice a year).

On Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm, the St. Andrew’s Choir joins the St. John’s Cathedral Choir for an All Souls’ Requiem Mass.  The featured musical work this year is the Palestrina (1525-1594) Missa pro defunctis, conducted by moi.  This is the third year we have collaborated with the cathedral choir on a Requiem – Duruflé and Fauré the previous two years – and the first year I’ve got to conduct it (my thanks to Stephen Tappe, cathedral organist-choirmaster).  If you’re interested in seeing a Requiem Mass actually celebrated and performed in the way it was intended (mostly, at any rate – I’m sure Anglicans alter one or two small bits to suit their reformed theology, but it’s essentially the same), come along to what promises to be an interesting service, with a choir of about 60.  It’s Denver’s version of “The Three [Two] Choirs’ Festival!”

All the best (and a safe Hallowe’en to everybody)!

Tim

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Musical Weekly

19 October, 2015

In this issue:

  • Mozart Requiem a la Czerny (SMCC)
  • Formatting question
  • This week at St. Andrew’s

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In early November St. Martin’s performs the Colorado premiere of a recently rediscovered 4-hand piano version of the Mozart Requiem by Romantic era composer and teacher Carl Czerny.

Carl Czerny (1791-1857) was an extremely prolific and well-regarded composer of the early Romantic era.  A student of Beethoven and a teacher of Liszt, Czerny is chiefly remembered as the composer of a wealth of affectionately despised piano exercises (“School for Velocity”).  In this vein, he wrote a reputedly difficult and admired 4-hand piano version of the Mozart Requiem, performed to much acclaim in 1827, but subsequently lost.  Czerny dedicated the arrangement to the Abbé Maximilian Stadler (1748-1833), a composer himself, who knew Mozart and was a close friend of his widow Constanza, assisting her with the settling of Mozart’s estate and the disposition of his scores and manuscripts.

Recently rediscovered in a library in Czerny’s native Slovakia, it has been published and is being revived with much fanfare around the world.  When I discovered the score (thanks to Dennis Blubaugh, Musical Resources of Toledo, for bringing it to my attention) while attending the national ACDA convention last March, I determined to perform it with SMCC as soon as I could.

The pianists for this performance are Mutsumi Moteki, on the CU-Boulder piano faculty, and Tamara Goldstein, until recently coordinator of piano studies at MSU-Denver (we collaborated with this same pairing on the Brahms Liebeslieder four or five years ago).

In addition to the Mozart/Czerny Requiem, I will be joining this incomparable duo on three arrangements by Czerny of popular British melodies, which he called Les Trois Soeurs (“The Three Sisters”), written for three pianist sisters.  One part is much easier than the other two – obviously for the youngest sister – and that’s obviously the part I’ll be playing! J

Here are the performance details:

  • Nov. 6, 7:30pm, Montview Presbyterian Church (new 9’ Steinway grand)
  • Nov. 7, 7:30pm, Holy Cross Lutheran, Wheat Ridge (6’-some Kawai grand)
  • Nov. 8, 3:00pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (9’ Bösendorfer grand)

It’s not too early to buy tickets here: (303) 298-1970, or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/720315

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The question of formatting for programs and service leaflets has been making the round here at St. Andrew’s lately, and I’d like to ask people’s opinions (I might be opening myself up to as much controversy with this as if I asked what people thought of various presidential candidates!)   😉

I’ve always italicized the names (and dates) of composers as below, but I don’t feel strongly about this, and I’ve seen it both ways.  So:

  • Fugue in F major . . . . J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Fugue in F major . . . . J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

 My general rule of thumb for the titles of anthems/pieces is that if it’s in a foreign language, it is to be italicized (O salutaris; Jesu, meine Freude); if it’s in English and contains the first few words of the text, it’s to be in quotation marks (“For unto us”); and if it’s a title that is not part of the text (or a familiar or descriptive title), it is neither italicized nor in quotes, but generally every word is capitalized: (Dido’s Lament; or Hallelujah Chorus; or The Call).  What about the titles of larger, dramatic works, like operas or oratorios?  Do these conform to conventions on book titles, or movies (and what are those conventions)?

Anyone care to comment?

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Evensong this week, sung by an a cappella quartet, marks the feast of James of Jerusalem, Jesus’ “brother” (in quotation marks because, although two biblical books identify him as brother, some traditions think of him as a cousin, or other relation).  Little is known about him.  Scant biblical mention is augmented by an early Christian chronicler named Hegesippus (yes, it will be on the test), who called him “the Just,” identified him as Bishop of Jerusalem, and later a martyr.  Here’s the music I’ve planned:

  • October 22, 2015, Choral Evensong: James of Jerusalem (antic.)
  • Preces & Responses: William Smith (4 pt. arrangement)
  • Canticle of Light: “Behold, now praise the Lord” by Thomas Wilson (17th century)
  • Psalm: 1 (plainsong)
  • Service: John Blow (1649-1708) “Short”
  • Anthem: “Not unto us” by Thomas A. Walmisley (1814‑1856)
  • Office Hymn: 232 (Nyland)

And here’s the musical fare for this coming Sunday:

  • October 25, 2015, Proper 25
  • *Introit: “Almighty and everlasting God” by Orlando Gibbons (1583‑1625)
  • Anthem: “The Lord hath been mindful” by Samuel S. Wesley (1810-1876)
  • *Fraction Anthem: O salutaris hostia by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
  • Communion motet: The Call, by Clifford Harker (1923-1999)
  • Hymns: 429 (Old 113th), *411 (St. Thomas [Williams]), 567 (St. Matthew), 410 (Lauda anima)
  • *11:00 service only

This is the last week for the Howells Fraction Anthem – I’ve become quite fond of it these last 5-6 weeks.  Clifford Harker was the organist-choirmaster at Bristol Cathedral 1949-1983, where he was a mentor for my own teacher Lionel Pike, who was my thesis advisor, choir director, and (dare I say) friend, while I was at Royal Holloway College, University of London.  Lionel began as a choirboy under him, and later became an assistant organist at Bristol.  MB and I found Harker’s grave when we were visiting Bristol Cathedral a couple years ago.  The Call (“Come, my way, my truth, my light” – George Herbert) is probably his best-known choral work.  And fair warning about the Wesley – the tune at the words “Ye are the blessed of the Lord” is quite an ear-worm (to translate from the German – a tune you can’t get out of your head once you’ve heard it…).

Have a wonderful week!

Tim

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In this issue:

  • Promo video for SMCC’s Menotti concert
  • This Week at St. Andrew’s

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Gene M. (SMCC board member and all-round good guy) and I recorded (and he edited) a promo video for the upcoming St. Martin’s “Menotti’s Madrigal Fable” concerts (Oct. 9 and 11), about which I wrote at length in last week’s Weekly (q. v.).  The video is a good summary of all that.  Here’s the link (I don’t think it has been embedded in the SMCC website yet, but probably will be shortly):

 

https://youtu.be/u4KwNzznK6k

 

Since St. Martin’s has never recorded anything by Menotti; and, because copyright laws forbid us from using any recorded music in the background of our videos for which we do not have written permission; the problem arose of what to use in this video. Gene M. had the brilliant idea, I think, of using the wordless chorus “To be sung of a summer night on the water” by Frederick Delius that we recorded in 1999 on our “Dreams all to brief” CD.  The visual background of the shoot is the chancel of St. John’s Cathedral, where the Friday performance will take place.  And I think I’m looking particularly natty in this video, to boot.  Sort of a cross between a university professor and an English country gentleman.  J

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This Thursday is the commemoration of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), one of the most amazing women of the Middle Ages.  So the anthem at Evensong (an octet with organ) will be by her; and the Canticle of Light, also by a woman (Susan Brown), is my way of giving a further nod to Hildegard.  Here’s the run-down:

 

September 17, 2015, 5:45pm, Choral Evensong: Hildegard von Bingen

Preces & Responses: William Smith (16th century)

Canticle of Light: “From the rising of the sun” by M. Susan Brown (1998)

Psalm: 104:25-37 (plainchant)

Service: A. Herbert Brewer (1865-1928) in E flat

Anthem: O rubor sanguinis by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Office Hymn: 606 (Ubi caritas)

 

Susan Brown, a former alto in St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and the St. Andrew’s Choir, is a very fine composer, and she wrote the above anthem for the latter choir when she was in it a decade (or two!) ago.  I think it has a very charming simplicity to it – just a bit redolent of when Copland was trying to sound American – very effective.  The Hildegard anthem is an obvious choice, sung just by the women of the choir.

 

The Brewer service setting may not seem such an obvious choice for this Thursday – a big, bright piece of solid Anglican music.  The reason is this:  2015 is the 150th anniversary of Brewer’s birth, so I am doing all three of his most well-known services (not sure if he wrote any more – these are the three I am aware of) – E flat, D, and F – this autumn.  The E flat is this Thursday, the D major service (his most famous) will be on Oct. 1 (full choir), and the F major, the gentlest of the three, will be on Oct. 18.

 

This coming Sunday St. Andrew’s moves from its Summer to its Autumn schedule, with services at 9:00am (family oriented, no incense) and 11:00am (solemn “high”); and, of course, the Still Point (Gregorian Chant) service continues at 5:30pm.

 

Here’s the music for this coming Sunday:

 

September 20, 2015, 9 & 11am; Proper 20

*Introit: Nolo mortem peccatoris by Thomas Morley (1577‑1602)

*Creed: John Merbecke (1550)

Anthem: “Draw nigh to God” by Basil Harwood (1859-1949)

*Fraction Anthem: O salutaris hostia by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Communion motet: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” arr. Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Hymns: 477 (Engelberg); *480 (Kingsfold); 434 (Eltham); 492 (Finnian)

*11:00 service only

 

It’s a good British Sunday, all ‘round, both choral and congregational numbers.  We’re trying out a new (old) setting of the creed, arranged from plainchant by John Merbecke in 1550 for the then-brand new Book of Common Prayer.  I’ve located a lovely organ accompaniment of it by Royle Shore (1917).  We’ll see how long it takes the congregation to fall in love with it.

 

The Harwood is a lovely piece, slow and thoughtful, with a louder section in the middle, and a beautiful soprano solo.  The Stanford arrangement of the well-known hymn tune Lobe den Herren is a rollicking good sing, and the congregation will be humming along with most of it (this is encouraged, as long as it doesn’t annoy other listeners around you).  The Fraction Anthem remains the Howells O salutaris for a few more weeks – a gorgeous piece.

 

Thanks, all!

 

Tim

8 September, 2015

In this issue:

  • Menotti’s Madrigal Fable
  • Swanky Fundraiser for St. Andrew’s Friends of Music
  • This Week at St. Andrew’s

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The theme for St. Martin’s Chamber Choir’s 22nd (2015-’16) Season is “Stories in Choral Song,” where every concert has a narrative of some kind built into the programming.  In our first concert of the season, it’s a single work that tells its own story, Menotti’s Madrigal Fable “The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore; or The Three Sundays of a Poet.”

 

The Madrigal Fable (or Comedy) is an old genre where a group of madrigals is pieced together to tell a sort of story, usually light-hearted.  The earliest example is Il cicalamento delle donne al bucato (“The Gossip of the Wives in the Laundry” – sounds hilarious!!) by Alessandro Striggio (1567); but the best known is Orazio Vecchi’s L’Amfiparnaso (1594).  It is now considered, as a genre, a precursor to opera, although there was no acting by the singers and only minimal scenery involved.

 

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) borrowed this long-dead form for his 1956 work “The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore,” which, although it is comical in places, is definitely not a “comedy” in the sense of a happy ending.  In this piece, which is made up of 14 choral movements (12 of which are a cappella) and 5 instrumental movements, Menotti asks for dancers to act out the story as the musicians sing and play (St. Martin’s will be joined by dancers from Ballet Arts, choreographed by Paul Noel Fiorino).  The story is of a poet (“The Man in the Castle”) who successively appears in the town with the three mythical creatures of the title as pets.  Each in turn becomes fashionable among the shallow and trendy townspeople; and when the next creature appears, they kill off the previous one on the assumption that this is what the poet did to his pet.  In the end, the townspeople are berated by the dying poet as they storm the castle and find that all three creatures are still alive and surrounding his bed as he dies.  Menotti explains that they represent, successively, youth, prime of life, and old age; and the fable, with text also by Menotti, is a critique of transient fads, the shallowness of those who blithely toss aside that which is no longer considered stylish, and the unwitting cruelty of many people towards artists in general.

 

Menotti’s original instrumentation calls for an odd assemblage of 11 instruments.  I have done my own arrangement of the instrumental parts for string quartet (a big summer project, that!!), which will be played by the Confluence Quartet, with which fine ensemble we have previously collaborated at least twice before (William Grant Stills’ “Christmas in the Americas,” and Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” spring immediately to my mind).  The Confluence Quartet will also be playing Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” during the concert; and the choir will sing Barber’s “Reincarnations” (Barber’s lifelong close connection to Menotti is, I believe, well known).

 

The concert will be performed twice, as follows:

 

  • Friday, October 9, 2015, 7:30pm, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver
  • Sunday, October 11, 2015, 3:00pm, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Cherry Hills Village

 

Tickets may be purchased at www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org, or (303) 298-1970.  The Sunday venue has limited seating, so advance tickets are strongly recommended there.

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The St. Andrew’s Friends of Music was established early this year with a mission to maintain and enhance the music program at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where I am choirmaster.  We have held a handful of concerts, recitals, and other musical events in support of this; and this Saturday, Sept. 12, 6-9pm there will be a very swanky food/wine pairing event at the beautiful foothills home of some St. Andrew’s parishioners, including live Jazz from the Stu MacAskie Duo.  Here’s a foretaste (pun intended) of just a few items on the menu:

 

  • Seared Ahi Tuna – orange, tobiko, bonito gel, plantain

to be paired with pinot gris

 

  • Moroccan Chicken marinated in yogurt and aromatic spices, served with mint crème, on a bed of puffed rice noodles

to be paired with chardonnay

 

  • Potato Wrapped Bison Sausage – house made sausage, champagne poached apple

to be paired with sangiovese

 

  • Duck Prosciutto – black garlic, basil seeds, roasted red pepper on a spoon

to be paired with pinot noir

 

The tickets are $125 per person (understandably steep for some — but it is a fundraiser after all! J), but the breathtaking views from the house, the excellent high-end jazz, and the exquisite food represent about what you’d pay for a swanky night on the town anyway.  And the amount is tax deductible, andsupports a great cause!  Ticket sales have been healthy, but there’s still room, and still a day or two to respond (the hostess needs a reliable count soon in order to purchase the right amount of food and wine).  If interested, get more details (like the address) and purchase tickets at the following site:www.Flahivefundraiser.org

 

Hope to see many of you there, and thanks for supporting the St. Andrew’s music program!

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Our first Evensong, in memory of John Scott, was really thrilling – thanks to all involved, from the 24 in the choir to the 30 in the congregation, and especially to Ralph, our peerless organist.  I was overcome with chills, as usual, on the first chord of the Magnificat from Stanford in C.

 

Our second Evensong (this Thursday at 5:45pm) is sung by an a cappella quartet, and here’s the repertoire:

 

September 10, 2015, 5:45pm, Choral Evensong: Thursday in Proper 18

Preces & Responses: M. J. Gibson (2006)

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

Psalm: 96 (plainchant)

Service: Charles King (1687-1748) in F

Anthem: Vox in Rama by Mikolaij Zielinski (c. 1550-1615)

Office Hymn: 247 (Coventry Carol)

 

The Gospel reading for the Thursday in Proper 18 happens to be from Matthew 2, the slaughter of the innocents.  As the actual feast for the Holy Innocents falls on Dec. 29, when every church and choir in the world is on vacation, it’s nice to have an opportunity to sing one of the many beautiful and poignant settings of Vox in Rama, this one by a composer of the Polish Renaissance (that’s a pair of terms not heard often together!).  The service setting is a winsome one by Charles King, master of the choristers (i.e. boys) at St. Paul’s Cathedral under organists John Blow and Jeremiah Clark.

 

Then this Sunday, Sept. 13, which still features a single choral service at 10:00am, the music will be as follows:

 

September 13, 2015, 10:00am: Proper 19

Introit: Jesu dulcis memoria by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548‑1611)

 

Anthem: “Let this mind be in you” by Lee Hoiby (1926-2011)

Fraction Anthem: O salutaris hostia by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Communion motet: Ecce quomodo moritur justus by Georg Reutter, Jr. (1708-1772)

Hymns: 525 (Aurelia), 448 (Deus tuorum militum), 254 (Wyngate Canon), 522 (Austria)

 

The Hoiby is a “big sing,” and an even bigger job for the organist.  Lots of fun.  Reutter was the Kapellmeister of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna when the Haydn brothers were boy choristers there, and has garnered a bad reputation in history because Joseph Haydn later said that Ruetter, though he was supposed to be providing private musical instruction to the boys, never gave Haydn a single lesson. This is a rather nice little piece, however (I actually recorded it with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir on our “It is Finished” CD, in case you’re interested), and the Haydn brothers turned out to be pretty good composers anyway, so I forgive him.  The Victoria is attributed to but actually probably not actually by him.  Oh well, some things become so ingrained in people’s heads, it’s best not to set them straight.

 

All the best this coming week!

 

Tim

1 September, 2015

In this issue:

  • I’m back from a Great summer
  • Friends of Music Benefit Concert this Saturday (tomorrow!)
  • Preview of SMCC Season
  • Gearing back up at St. Andrew’s: New website with videos!

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Hello!  I’m excited to get going on another great season of music-making.  After a largely restful summer (with the exception of a 4-week, 6,000-mile road-trip in June/early July), I feel rejuvenated and raring to go!  Hope you are looking forward to attending some great concerts, and, if you’re a St. Andrew’s member (or hanger-on), to hearing and reflecting on some great sacred music.  Let’s get going!

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Things get started already this Saturday, Aug. 29, 7:30pm, with a Flute Recital to benefit the Friends of Music at St. Andrew’s, performed by James Hall, flute, and Willem van Schalkwyk, piano, in the church (2015 Glenarm Place, 80205).  Both are music faculty at UNC Greeley.  I had the pleasure of sitting in the choir about 10 feet away from James Hall during two performances of a Bach Passion and hearing him play the most heart-meltingly beautiful solos in a couple arias (back when I was the chorus master of the Boulder Bach Festival) – it literally moved me to tears, so I can attest to not only his facility and musicianship, but his passion and heart.

James and Willem are performing works by Debussy, Bach, Franck, and two other living composers (I’m blanking on their names as I write this – one is a female, I believe: Melanie something).  There is a suggested donation of $15 that will go to benefit the St. Andrew’s music program.  I hope to see a goodly crowd, partly because it will be a fabulous recital (they are about to embark on a tour of South America with this program), and partly because you wish to support the music at St. Andrew’s.

Before I leave this topic, I ask you also to put Saturday, Sept. 12, 6-9pm, on your calendars.  More about this benefit in my next Weekly, but it is a not-to-be-missed food and wine pairing event with live jazz at a breath-taking foothills art-deco home.  Stay posted and save the date!

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Rehearsals just started with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir for our upcoming 22nd Season, which is called “Stories in Choral Song.”  Each concert has a narrative shape of some kind.  Here’s a précis of the season:

Oct. 9 & 11    Menotti’s Madrigal Fable

“The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore” – with dancers from Ballet Arts, and the Confluence Quartet.  Other works will include the Barber Adagio for Strings, and the Barber “Reincarnations.”

Nov. 6-8        Mozart Requiem à la Czerny

The great Romantic era pianist Carl Czerny made a difficult 4-hand piano arrangement of the Mozart Requiem.  This was then lost for almost 200 years until recently discovered in a library in Slovenia.  St. Martin’s will offer the Colorado (and possibly Western U.S.) premiere of this amazing version of the Mozart Requiem.

Dec. 18-20     A Bavarian Christmas

A rarely performed gem from the choral/orchestral Christmas oratorio repertoire will take pride of place here – Heinrich von Herzogenberg’s Die Geburt Christi (The Nativity of Christ), with instrumentalists from the Pro-Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, as well as Ralph Valentine and Richard Robertson, organists.

Feb. 12 & 14  Chant: Mystery and Mysticism

In 1996 the men of St. Martin’s, together with Richard Robertson, organist, gave the premiere performance and made the premiere recording of Spanish composer Joaquin Nin-Culmell’s Symphonie des Mysterès, in the presence of the composer.  A student of Dukas and de Falla, and inspired by classmate Olivier Messiaen, Nin-Culmell (1908-2004) traces a dramatic arch in this work for organ and Gregorian Chant.

Mar. 18-20     The Passion Story

In 1920 Charles Wood wrote a simple setting of the Passion According to St. Mark for chorus, soloists, and organ for the choir of King’s College, Cambridge.  Joined again by Richard Robertson, St. Martin’s renders this emotively powerful work during the weekend preceding Palm Sunday.

June 3 & 5     Short Stories in Song

A moving collection of moderately short works that each tells a story – partsongs of love and loss by Vaughan Williams and Holst, Kodaly’s “Jesus and the Traders,” Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Choirmaster’s Burial” set beautifully to music by modern Swedish composer Marten Jansson, and other works.

If you’d like to obtain season tickets for this patently stupendous programming (if I do say so myself J), do so here: www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org, or by calling (303) 298-1970.

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Here on St. Andrew’s newly updated website you can see and hear some examples of the music we make.  I’m particularly proud of a recording we made of the Magnificat from Herbert Brewer’s Evening Service in D (sung by 10 singers – live and unedited from the service itself [camera hidden behind a pillar]), and some Gregorian Chant from the Still Point service, both recorded in late May before the choir broke up for the season (as well as some mp3 audio excerpts from other recordings).  These may be viewed/listened to here: https://www.standrewdenver.org/listen and here:https://www.standrewdenver.org/evensong. Although the audio quality on the video examples is not particularly high, it’s good enough for you to get an excellent idea of what it all sounds like.

This Sunday (Aug. 30) is the last for Summer Choir (anthem “Rejoice, ye pure in heart” by Willan, and Rutter’s “God be in my head”).  Choral Evensong then resumes on Thursday, Sept. 3, 5:45pm, with the full choir and organ rendering the following:

September 3, 2015, Choral Evensong
Preces & Responses: TJK in A
Canticle of Light: Evening Hymn by H. Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950)
Psalm: 37:19-42, Plainchant
Service: C. V. Stanford (1852-1924) in C
Anthem: Da nobis pacem by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Office Hymn: 24 (St. Clement)

It has become a tradition to sing Stanford in C and the Balfour Gardiner Evening Hymn at the first Evensong of the season.  The choir practically knows them by heart, so it’s easy to bring them out and brush them off.  It was Stanford in C that was partly responsible for getting me into the Anglican Church – in 1987 I had begun singing as a staff bass at St. John’s Cathedral here in Denver (merely a job – I was not an Episcopalian at the time), and one day in a CD shop I found a CD of the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, John Scott, director, called “My Soul Doth Magnify” – a compilation of 6 or 7 Evening Services, among whom were names I had recently sung at St. John’s.  With the sudden death of John Scott a couple weeks ago, my mind has gone back to this album, and I’ve played it and its sequel “My Spirit Hath Rejoiced” numerous times these last weeks.  Anyway, Stanford in C is the first item on the first disk, and as soon as I heard those opening fulsome chords of organ and choir, in the sonorous acoustics of St. Paul’s Cathedral, I was hooked.  Something clicked in me and my future career path (although I had little realization at the time) was determined.  I am therefore going to dedicate this Evensong to the memory of John Scott, lately organist/choirmaster of St. Thomas, Fifth Ave., NYC, but of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, before that.

Then, the first Sunday with the full choir again is Sept. 6.  Service times remain 8 and 10am for a couple weeks, however.  Here’s what I’ve planned, music-wise:

September 6, 2015, Proper 18
Introit: Confirma Hoc, Deus by Gregor Aichinger (1564-1614)
Anthem: Jam lucis orto sidere by Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950)
Fraction Anthem: O salutaris hostia by Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Communion motet: Da nobis pacem by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Hymns: 375 (Du Lebensbrot, Herr Jesu Christ), 493 (Azmon), 567 (St. Matthew), 429 (Old 113th)

As can see, with only one rehearsal for both Evensong and Sunday, I’m repeating the Mendelssohn – gorgeous piece! – and the Balfour Gardiner (albeit with a different text).

I encourage you to visit the St. Andrew’s website and view the videos.  I’m especially proud of the video of the Brewer Magnificat in D.

All the best,

Tim

18 May, 2015

In this issue:

  • Responses to melancholy musing
  • St. Martin’s Season Finale Concerts: Byrd 4
  • This week at St. Andrew’s

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Thanks to the handful of people who responded to my musing about the melancholy I’ve been feeling lately regarding the meanderings of life’s path compared to one’s passions.  Some responses were brief (“What a bittersweet glimpse into your psyche – thanks for sharing;” and “I read that David Willcocks book, too,” etc.), and others quite long, where thoughts/memories were jogged by close affinity with my ramblings.

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Here’s what I just wrote as the lead article for our upcoming SMCC newsletter.  Some will perhaps argue with my assertion that Byrd felt threatened in his Catholicism, since it is well-known that Queen Elizabeth was aware of it, but turned a blind eye towards it because she valued his talents and contributions to the Chapel Royal.  Still, I think it can be fairly asserted that his being “out of synch” with the religious tenor of Britain at the time was a great pain to him, if not an outright threat to his well-being.

 

Mellifluous Pairing

by Timothy J. Krueger, Artistic Director

I am not alone, I think, in calling the William Byrd Mass for Four Voices the greatest of all Renaissance mass settings.  Written during the reign of Elizabeth I, when Byrd’s illegal (and therefore concealed) Catholicism caused him to write Latin works in secret, his clandestine compositional activity is therefore all the more moving because of the peril involved.  The persecution of non-conformists (including the very real possibility of death) caused Byrd to imbue this work with a sense of urgency and intensity, all the while never compromising on his strict sense of imitative polyphonic voice-leading.  It therefore satisfies both head and heart, being both perfect in construction and passionate in affect.

 

John White’s 8-movement work The Canonical Hours (written for and premiered by SMCC in 2005) is a work that shares certain similarities with the Byrd mass, yet is different enough to provide immense variety.  Using a polyphonic voice-leading that White calls “Neo-Palestrinian,” and therefore redolent of Renaissance techniques yet employing a thoroughly modern harmonic palette, White takes a prayer from each of the eight daily services of the monastic world and weaves a cycle that moves from darkness (Matins, shortly after midnight) to light (the noonday office of Sext is an example) back to darkness (Compline, after sundown).  He illustrates the coming and going of the light in sometimes delicate, sometimes boldly declamatory music.

 

These two major works will each be preceded by a shorter piece.  The stage for The Canonical Hours will be set by the lovely motet Salve mater by Tim Sarsany; and the Byrd will be introduced by a brilliant new work by SMCC alto Donna Wickham, Veni Redemptor.

 

See our 21st Season out with this mellifluous pairing of old and new, all performed with the precision and blend that you’ve come to expect and love with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir.  See you at one of the performances!

 

  • Fri. May 29, 7:30pm – Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Denver
  • Sun. May 31, 3:00pm – St. Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church, Cherry Hills Village

 

Tickets available at the door, or www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org and (303) 298-1970.

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Choral Evensong on Thursday (our second-to-last before we take our Summer Break – feed that hunger before it’s too late!!  has a definitely Tudor feel, with the exception of my own Preces & Responses.  Here’s the music:

May 21, 5:45pm; Choral Evensong: John Eliot

Preces & Responses: TJK in A

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

Psalm: (plainchant)

Service: John Hilton (d. 1608) in the Dorian Mode

Anthem: “If ye love me” by Thomas Tallis (c.1505‑1585)

Office Hymn:

I love these mostly Tudor services – simple yet exquisite.

Then Sunday is Pentecost – the most important Feast of the year after Christmas and Easter (one might argue).  Being Memorial Day weekend here in the States, we also move to our summer schedule here at St. Andrew’s (spoken Eucharist [i.e. no music] at 8am; Choral service at 10am; Still Point [Gregorian Chant, candlelight, etc.] still at 5:30pm).  Here’s the music I’ve chosen for this week’s service at 10:00am:

May 24, 2015, Pentecost

Introit: “If ye love me” by Thomas Tallis (c.1505‑1585)

Sequence: Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Anthem: “Lord, who hast made us” (Ps. 148) by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

Communion motet: “How beauteous are their feet” by Charles V. Stanford (1852-1924)

Hymns: 225 (Salve festa dies), 505 (O heiliger Geist), 511 (Abbot’s Leigh), 516 (Down Ampney)

 

The Holst is a BIG SING – difficult, involved, and the final verse is LOUD!! (tenors and sopranos on a high B flat, fff!!).  Originally orchestrated, I suspect; the organ part, therefore, is probably a beast.  The Stanford, by comparison, is simple and gentle, although there’s one bit (“The Lord makes bare his arm”) that crescendos to a powerful climax (with lots of diminished 7ths).

This is the last Sunday morning of the full choir.  On May 31 we move to “Summer Choir,” where anyone is welcome to sing the 10:00 service, as long as you show up promptly at 9:00am to rehearse.  There is a quartet of staff singers through the summer, so every part is covered; but if you’d like to come along and sing some accessible but satisfying anthems, do come!

Tim