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A Choral Feast

Sunday 11 am services designated A Choral Feast present the opportunity to experience 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. Our magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ is always a featured part of our musical offerings, including approximately ten minutes of solo organ music before the service, as well as a featured work to conclude worship.

Many of the great composers of the western musical canon have written music for use in worship, including major works such as Masses and Cantatas. 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 regular communal worship. Through A Choral Feast, St. Bart’s endeavors to present these great masterworks as they were originally intended by their creators: offered not in concert, but as a vehicle for worship, in gratitude to God.


Sunday, April 14

J.S. Bach: Cantata 67, with orchestra of period instruments

Sunday, May 5

Mendelssohn: Die Deutsche Liturgie with St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, June 30

Music for Pride Sunday

Past A Choral Feast Sundays

In the past, Choral Feasts have celebrated Americana for the Fourth of July, music of LGBTQ composers for Pride Weekend, and 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, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Tomas Luis da Victoria, among others.

October 29 – Commemoration of All Faithful Departed
Mozart's Requiem 

October 1, 2023
Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb

July 30, 2023
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's Cantus Missae, op. 109

June 25, 2023
Music for Pride Sunday

Music of Caroline Shaw, Calvin Hampton, David Hurd, David McK. Williams, and David Conte's Missa Brevis, commissioned by St. Bartholomew's Church in 2013.

May 7, 2023
Music of George Frideric Handel with orchestra

Coronation Anthem No. 2, “Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened”
Excerpts from Coronation Anthem No. 3, “The King Shall Rejoice”
Spiritoso from the Organ Concerto in B-flat Major, HWV 308
Andante from the Organ Concerto in A Major, HWV 296a
Organ music by Walton
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April 23, 2023
Schubert's Mass in G with chamber orchestra

Organ music by Bach and Gade
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February 12, 2023
Imogen Holst’s
Mass in A Minor

Organ music by Florence Price and Jeanne Demessieux
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October 30, 2022
Fauré’s Requiem with orchestra

Organ music by Vierne 
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October 2, 2022
Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb

The Feast of St. Francis
Organ music by Handel and John Cook
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March 27, 2022
Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G Minor

Love bade me welcome from Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs
Organ music by Bridge and Stanford
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February 14, 2022
Modern Masters

Featuring the Missa Brevis of Jonathan Dove
Additional works by Barrie Cabena, Janet Yieh, Arvo Pärt, David Conte, Calvin Fuller
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November 7, 2021
Duruflé’s Requiem

All Saints’ Day
Organ music by Duruflé

October 10, 2021
Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai with orchestra

Organ music by Bach

January 26, 2020
Music of Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Hildegard von Bingen

Organ music by Beach and Henri Mulet

November 17, 2019
Schubert’s Mass in C Major with orchestra

Organ music by Vierne

September 8, 2019
Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli

Organ music by Vivaldi

August 4, 2019
Bach’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

Organ music by Bach

July 7, 2019
A Modified 1662 Liturgy for the Day

Featuring works of Batten, Alice Parker, David Conte, and Loosemore
Organ music by Dan Locklair

June 30, 2019
Pride on Park

Pride Weekend featuring works of Trafka, Hurd, Bernstein, and Copland
Organ music by John Corigliano and Ethel Smyth

May 26, 2019
Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist

Memorial Day weekend Te Deum in B-flat - Charles Villiers Stanford
Jubilate Deo - William Walton
My soul there is a country (Songs of Farewell) - Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
King of Glory, King of Peace - Gerald Near
Organ music by Franck and Alain

May 12, 2019
Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B-flat with orchestra

Organ music by Eugène Gigout

March 3, 2019
Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist

Featuring the Te Deum in G of Ralph Vaughan Williams
Antiphon (Five Mystical Songs) - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Surge, Illuminare - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Organ music by Vierne and Bach

February 3, 2019
Love Never Ends: music inspired by the love of God & neighbor

Missa “Vidi Speciosam” - Tomás Luis de Victoria
A Song of Divine Love - Grayston Ives
I beheld her - Healey Willan
Organ music by Bach

January 20, 2019
Mendelssohn’s Die Deutsche Liturgie

Organ music by Mendelssohn