A Choral Feast is a Sunday 11 am service whose music celebrates a specific theme, composer, or a major choral work, often with instrumentalists joining St. Bartholomew's Choir.
Choral masterworks in Liturgy
Almost all of the greatest composers of the western musical canon have written music for use in worship, including major works such as Mass settings and Canatas. Over the years, St. Bartholomew's has distinguished itself as a musical destination by including hundreds of such works, often with chamber orchestra, as a part of our communal worship. Through A Choral Feast, we endeavor to present these great masterworks as they were originally intended by their creators: offered not in concert, but rather as a part of worship, in gratitude to the almighty.
Recent featured works have included Vierne's Messe Solennelle, Mozart's Missa Brevis in B-flat (K.275), Mendelssohn's Deutsche Liturgie, Franz Schubert's Mass No. 4 in C Major, D. 452, and music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Recent Choral Feasts have celebrated Americana for July 4th, music of gay composers for Pride Weekend, themes of heroism and service for Memorial Day. They sometimes mark red letter days in the cycle of the church year, such as the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, or All Saints Day.
Recent featured composers have included Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Tomas Luis da Victoria, among others.
We sometimes combine choirs for A Choral Feast, adding St. Bart's Singers or the Choristers to St. Bartholomew's Choir, our professional choral ensemble that sings for the 11am service each Sunday. Our magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ is always a featured part of our musical offerings, including c.10 minutes of solo organ music before the service, as well as a featured work to conclude worship.
“All are to be welcomed as Christ,’ wrote St. Benedict. We endeavor to welcome visitors not only into community and connection, but indeed to a feast.