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.
Upcoming Dates for A Choral Feast
Please join us Sunday, November 7 at 11 am when St. Bartholomew’s Choir will offer Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem," with guest organist Michael Hey, under the direction of Paolo Bordignon. Duruflé was an extraordinarily exacting self-critic and few composers have devoted a lifetime of work resulting in only 14 opus numbers. By the same token, few have produced such works of such exquisite craft, interest, variety, and incomparable beauty.
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 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.
Recently 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 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.