Music at Redeemer Series

 

 

 

Begun in the fall of 2005, Music at Redeemer is an series of concerts and choral liturgies held in the beautiful acoustic of the Church of the Redeemer.  The series is one of the key outreach components of Redeemer’s growing music program.  For centuries, the church has played a vital role in the cultivation and promotion of artistic endeavors.  That tradition continues here at Redeemer. 

 

Admission is free at all Music at Redeemer events. Donations are requested. Events are followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.  There is free parking available on the streets surrounding the church.

 

We invite you to join us!

 

If you wish to make a donation to Friends of Music at Redeemer online click here

 

 

2017-18 Season at-a-glance

 

Sunday, 10 September, at 5:00 p.m.

Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble

 

One of the premiere early music ensembles in North America takes us on a grand tour of the European courts, with music by Giovanni Gabrieli and other masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 8 October, at 5:00 p.m.

Pipe Organ 10th Anniversary Celebration

 

Special guest organist and choral director, Bruce Neswick, leads Redeemer choirs in a festal evensong in celebration of our DiGennaro Hart pipe organ, and presents a brief organ recital following the service. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 22 October, at 5:00 p.m.

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra

 

Redeemer’s Ensemble-in-Residence, directed by Richard Scerbo, presents the first of three concerts in the 2017-2018 season, with music by Paul Hindemith and his contemporaries. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 5 November, at 5:00 p.m.

Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem

 

Redeemer’s choir sings Fauré’s timeless setting of the Requiem Mass as part of the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed, when we give thanks for loved ones who have gone before us. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 3 December, at 5:00 p.m.

An Advent Service of Lessons & Carols

 

Modeled after the famed services held each year at King’s College, Cambridge, this beautiful liturgy leads us through the stories of God’s promise of redemption with scripture and music sung by Redeemer’s choirs. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 24 December, at 10:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Carols and Festal Eucharist

 

Celebrate the birth of Christ at this festal liturgy with special music by Redeemer choirs and an extended, thirty-minute candle-lit prelude of seasonal organ music, choral anthems, and congregational carols.

 

Saturday, 6 January, at 5:00 p.m.

Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany

 

Using the traditional liturgy of Evensong, Redeemer’s choir leads us with the Magi to the stable in Bethlehem, as we travel to worship the Christ child. With music by Benjamin Britten, David Hogan and David Willcocks. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 28 January, at 5:00 p.m.

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra

 

In its second of three concerts in the 2017-2018 Redeemer’s Ensemble-in-Residence presents music by Max Reger written for organ and for chamber orchestra. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 18 February at 5:00 p.m.

Choral Evensong for the First Sunday of Lent

Redeemer’s Adult and Youth Choirs sing music by Herbert Howells, Herbert Murrill and Henry Purcell. This service for Lent also include the Great Litany. All proceeds from the offering benefit Episcopal Relief & Development. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 11 March, at 5:00 p.m.

Carmina: Glories of the English Renaissance

 

Carmina chamber choir and accompanying viol consort present a program of music from the first golden age of English choral music, with works by William Byrd, John Dowland, John Sheppard, and Robert White. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

 

Thursday, 29 March, at 7:30 p.m.

Choral Eucharist for Maundy Thursday

 

This traditional for Maundy Thursday, the first of the Triduum Sacrum (the Three Sacred Days), includes the Washing of Feet, the Stripping of the Altar and music by Maurice Duruflé and Peter Aston, sung by Redeemer’s choirs.

 

Friday, 30 March, at 12 noon and 7:30 p.m.

The Solemn Liturgies of Good Friday

 

At 12 noon we gather around the Stations of Cross to meditate on the Passion of Christ, interspersed with beautiful sacred music.  At 7.30 p.m. the traditional liturgy of Good Friday leads us towards redemption through the Cross.

 

Saturday, 31 March, at 8:30 p.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter

 

Beginning in complete darkness on the church lawn, the liturgy includes the Lighting of the Paschal Candle, the Exsultet, the Prophecies, the First Eucharist of Easter, and special music sung by Redeemer’s choirs.

 

Sunday, 1 April, at 10:30 a.m.

Festal Eucharist of the Resurrection

 

Celebrate the Resurrection of Christ at this festal liturgy, including music sung by Redeemer’s choirs with brass ensemble. Following the liturgy, join us for traditional hot cross buns and an Easter egg hunt on the lawn.

 

Sunday, 15 April, at 5:00 p.m.

Pianist Sam Post in Concert

 

Washington pianist Sam Post plays selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and traces their influence through to his own compositions, from fugues to ragtime. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 6 May, at 5:00 p.m.

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra

 

In its final concert of the 2017-2018 season, Redeemer’s Ensemble-in-Residence takes advantage of the perfect acoustics of our sanctuary, presenting Mahler’s strikingly beautiful Das Lied von der Erde in its chamber version. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

 

Sunday, 3 June, at 5:00 p.m.

Festal Choral Evensong

 

Redeemer’s Adult and Youth choirs lead us in this beautiful liturgy, using the form that has been practiced in the England and around the world for more than five hundred years. With favorite Anglican music by Brewer and Sumsion. Reception to follow.

 

Special thanks for the Friends of Music at Redeemer for making all of these events possible.

 

 

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The beautiful sanctuary of the Church of the Redeemer is available for performances by other small musical ensembles.  For more information contact Director of Music, Christopher Betts 

music@redeemerbethesda.org