February concludes the season after Epiphany and Lent begins. The range of musical expression is therefore quite profound. You will hear it in the anthems and solos we sing (see below) and organ voluntaries, praise band and handbell music (see Christin’s message below). There will also be seasonal offerings related to music fundraisers (Mike’s Café) and a new musical offering: Three short Lenten organ recitals on Wednesdays in mid-Lent.
Details of all the above can be found below. I wish to highlight three items. You will see that Mike’s Café is now an intergenerational event with continued elegance in food but including family friendly menu items. Single ticket prices remain at $35 and now an entire family can attend for just $75. At evening’s end youth musicians will kick off our entertainment and then take the children for children’s activities. Reservations are taken online and due by Monday February 12.
On the first Sunday in Lent at 4:00 pm, a special Evensong service here at St. Paul’s will celebrate our Church Without Walls alliance with Rodman Street Baptist Church. Members of our choir will be joined by the Rodman Street Choir under the direction of Alton M. Mitchell. Bishop McConnell will preside at Evensong.
The first organ recitalist for our Lenten organ recital series is Richard Konzen. Many of you will want to hear his short recital and welcome him “back home” on Wednesday February 21 at 12:30 pm. Richard was my predecessor serving as St. Paul’s full-time organist and choirmaster from 1988 until 1993. Recently retired as Professor of Music at Grove City College, he is still making music as organist and director at St. John’s Episcopal in Youngstown, Ohio. Our own Tommy Starr sings in his choir!
10:45 Music in February:
February 5, Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Anthem: How lovely are the messengers F. Mendelssohn
Other: O Rest in the Lord (solo) Felix Mendelssohn
February 11, Last Sunday after Epiphany (Annual Meeting & Vestry Election)
Anthem: The transfiguration. Sufjan Stevens
Other: The people who walked in darkness (solo) G. F. Handel
February 14, Ash Wednesday,
Almighty and everlasting God Orlando Gibbons
Call to remembrance (ensemble) R. Farrant
February 18, Lent 1
Almighty and everlasting God Orlando Gibbons
Call to remembrance R. Farrant
February 25, Lent 2
Anthem: Fairest Lord Jesus R. E. Lee
Other: If God be for us, from Messiah (solo) G. F. Handel
De-mythifying a Bach Cantata Adult Forum: Sunday, February 18 at 9:45am.
The title of a J.S. Bach cantata can be imposing. Its name is based upon a German hymn, named in German needing translation, and then follows an obscure catalogue number. This forum will reduce then intimidating label of a Bach Cantata to something simple and understandable. Come learn why Bach cantata Was willst du dich betrüben (Why would you grieve) BWV 107 is simply “Don’t worry. Be happy!” You will learn the place of his cantatas in worship music history. The choir, soloists and orchestra will perform this cantata at 10:45 am on Sunday, March 11.
As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, I am reminded of the wonderful ability of music to help us express a full range of emotions in our personal and spiritual lives. For children and youth in musical ensembles, Lent can provide an opportunity to experience singing in minor keys and performing at slower tempos. Slower tempos tend to be more difficult for young children, so this experience can provide a challenge that enables them to grow as musicians. As an added challenge, Canterbury Choir is beginning to practice singing in harmony by learning rounds and partner songs. We continue to discuss vocal projection and performance skills to help us look and sound our best!
Handbell Choir has taken on challenges of its own as we endeavor to ring both homophonic and single-note textures with confidence. A reminder that new ringers are always welcome to join us - including youth! As an intergenerational ensemble, we are strengthened by participants of all ages, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you are interested! We have some new and familiar music lined up for the Lent and Easter seasons, including more collaborations with the organ that we hope all will enjoy.
Youth Praise Band continues to rock into 2018 with a solid core of musicians and singers. In the months ahead, don’t be surprised if you see a ukulele or two emerge from the Praise Band side transept. And if you play the ukulele - I want to know about it! As always, you can reach me at [email protected] with any questions (ukulele-related or otherwise).
Saturday, February 17, 2018 6:30pm
Mike’s (Intergenerational) Episcopal Café
The Music Ministry presents its annual Fundraiser with gourmet food and wonderful musical entertainment. The theme will be “A Feast Down Under.” We hope you’ll join us for an evening of tasty Australian Cuisine, great music, and fellowship. This year’s menu includes family friendly Food for the young. Individual tickets continue at $35. Family tickets are $75. Make your online purchase and/or reservation by Monday February 12 https://stpaulspgh.formstack.com/forms/mikescafe
(online registration begins February 2)
Lenten Organ Recital Series
February and March 2018
On Lenten Wednesdays at 12:30 pm, February 21 through March 7, Organists Richard Konzen, Doug Starr and Nicholas Will, will give a short program of organ works for Lent. All are welcome to attend.
*Wednesday, February 21 at 12:30-1:00pm
Richard Konzen, St. John’s Episcopal
*Wednesday, February 28 at 12:30-1:00pm
Doug Starr, St. Paul’s Episcopal
*Wednesday, March 7 at 12:30- 1:00pm
Nicholas Will, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Free Will Offering