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Sacred Music on the Square Concert Series


THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

OCT. 8, 7 P.M.

North Carolina Symphony trio Libbie Phelps, Sam Gold and Nathaniel Yaffe perform Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations. The piece was originally written for keyboard and is widely accepted as one of the most important and prolific examples of variation form.

THE FLIGHT OF ANGELS: MUSIC FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

NOV. 1, 3 P.M.

A time for Christians to remember and celebrate those loved ones who have departed this life for the next, this All Saints Day program honors all those from our parish who have died.  The Choir of Men and Girls and the Adult Choir perform Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene, sung as Princess Diana’s coffin departed Westminster Abbey and Vivaldi’s famous Gloria, in period style.

CLAVIER-UBÜNG III

JAN. 31, 7 P.M. 

David Jernigan, Christ Church Organist/Choirmaster, performs music from Johann Sebastian Bach’s most extensive work for organ, the Clavier-Ubüng III (Meaning “Keyboard Practice”).  The Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, considered by many to be Bach’s single greatest contrapuntal work, bookends this collection of choral preludes written to showcase all possible styles of contrapuntal writing.  

THE FACES OF BACH: COURT COMPOSER AND CHURCH MUSICIAN

MAR. 18, 7 P.M.

The Christ Church Schola Cantorum, representing many of the finest choral singers in the Triangle, is joined by the North Carolina Baroque Chamber Players to perform two of Bach’s most profound cantatas. Written when Bach was first discovering the art of vocal composition, both cantatas, 106 (Actus tragicus) and 131 (Aus der Tiefen) are made up of beautiful solo arias and expressive choral movements. The works will be separated by the joyful Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, written for Prince Leopold at the Court of Cöthen. A fitting prelude to the time of Holy Week, this concert will be conducted by David Jernigan and is free and open to the public.    

ALL GOD’S PEOPLE: A FESTIVAL OF HYMNS AND ANTHEMS WITH BRASS

MAY 20, 7 P.M. 

This combined concert and hymn-sing showcases the great hymns and anthems of the Episcopal/Anglican musical tradition.  Hymns such as Praise to the Lord the Almightyand Lo he comes with clouds descending are given new life with brass arrangements and descants while Williams Walton’s Coronation Te Deum displays the very best of ceremonial music for choir, organ, and brass.