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A Choral Feast

Sunday 11 am services that are designated A Choral Feast present the opportunity to experience the great sacred choral repertoire, often heard in concert halls, within their original context of a worship service. These services are held about once each month and celebrate a specific theme, composer, or present a major choral work, often with instrumentalists joining St. Bartholomew's Choir.

Sunday, October 30: Gabriel Fauré's Requiem

There is perhaps no more exquisitely beautiful music for voices and orchestra — sacred or secular — than Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. Experience the work this Sunday at 11 am in our sacred space and in a sacred context: as part of our service for All Souls. Led by Dr. Paolo Bordignon, St. Bartholomew's Choir and chamber orchestra will present the work its 1893 version scored for soloists, choir, chamber orchestra (strings, horns, and harp), with organ.


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.

Recently featured works have included Duruflé's Requiem, Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai, 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, Jonathan Dove’s Missa Brevis, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, and music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Themes

Recent Choral Feasts have celebrated Americana for July 4th, music of LGBTQ 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. 

Composers

Recently featured composers have included Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Ralph Vaughan Williams, 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 11 am 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.