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Sacred Music on the Square Concert Series

The Bach Festival: David Jernigan plays Clavier-Übung III

Sunday, September 25, 7 p.m. 

Johann Sebastian Bach’s first published and most complex organ work, Clavier-Übung III (Keyboard Practice) is a collection of pieces based on Lutheran service music and hymn tunes. This is the second of a two-part performance of the complete Clavier-Übung III and will feature the very grand Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major (The “St. Anne”) as well as several chorale preludes. 

Midday Organ Recitals

Fridays, October 7, 14, 21, 12:05 p.m.

Take a break from work and enjoy a thirty-five minute lunch time organ recital. Recitalists include Duke Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson, and Homer Furgeson of Emanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines.

Duruflé Requiem and Faire is the Heaven

Friday, October 28, 7 p.m. 

Maurice Duruflé’s impressionist Requiem, op. 9, is easily one of the most famous and highly regarded choral works of the twentieth century. A sacred masterpiece, the Requiem interweaves the ancient chants of the Latin mass for the dead in a kaleidoscopic fantasy of modal harmonies and florid lines. The Christ Church Adult Choir and Choir of Choristers and Lay Clerks team up with soloists John Kramar and Jami Rhodes to sing this work for organ and orchestra as well as William Harris’s Faire is the Heaven. This concert is offered in remembrance of all from our parish who have died. 

The Bach Festival: Advent in Leipzig 

Friday, December 2, 7 p.m.

The first in a series of three concerts, David Jernigan conducts the Raleigh Bach Soloists and the North Carolina Chamber Players in performances of J.S. Bach’s most well-known advent cantatas Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) and Nun komm der heiden Heiland (BWV 62), as well as the famous motet for double choir Komm, Jesu Komm (BWV 229).

The Bach Festival: Cantatas and motets for New Year’s

Friday, January 6, 7 p.m. 

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and the NC Baroque Chamber Players take us back to New Years in Leipzig with cantatas, 171, Gott wie dein Name (God so your name is, so also is your praise), and 190, Singet dem Herrn (Sing a new song to the Lord), both composed for the six-day celebration of New Year’s in Leipzig. These celebratory cantatas boast large orchestras with three trumpets and oboes and will be paired with the motet based on the same chorale tune as cantata 190, Singet dem Herrn

Chamber music with wine and hors d’oeuvres 

Friday, February 24, 7 p.m.

This first concert in the newly renovated Christ Church Commons features North Carolina Symphony principal second violinist Elizabeth Phelps and harpsichordist Beverly Biggs in an evening of baroque chamber music. Experience this music as it was meant to be heard, with friends, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for this event are $25.

The Bach Festival: Music for Celebration! 

Friday, April 28, 7 p.m.

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and the NC Baroque Chamber Players conducted by David Jernigan conclude this year’s Bach Festival with the early Easter cantata, Christ lag in Todes Banden, the celebratory cantata Lobe den Herrn, and the motet Lobet den Herrn alla Heiden whose spritely conclusion of “alleluias” makes it perfectly suited to the Easter season. 

A Festival of Hymns and Anthems with Bruce Neswick

Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m.

Bruce Neswick, internationally renowned organist, choral conductor, and composer leads the congregation and choir in a festival of hymns and anthems for Easter and Ascension. 

Additional Services 

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 11, 5 p.m.

Lessons and Carols illuminates the prophecy and birth of Christ through scripture and song. 

Choral Evensong

First Sunday of Each Month, 5 p.m.

Choral Evensong (sung evening prayer), a combination of the ancient services of vespers and compline, is celebrated daily in many Anglican and Episcopal cathedrals around the world.