Music at Redeemer Series

Begun in the fall of 2005, Music at Redeemer is an extensive series of concerts and choral liturgies held in the stunning 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

 

 

2016-17 Season at-a-glance

 

Sunday, 18 September, at 4:00 p.m.

The Barclay Brass in Concert – Bach and Beyond

 

This exciting new eleven-player ensemble presents an enjoyable program of music not normally performed with brass instruments, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Eugene Gigout, William Harris and Sergei Rachmaninoff.  Special guest, Christopher Betts, brings the Redeemer pipe organ into the mix.

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Sunday, 9 October, at 5:00 p.m.

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra

 

Redeemer’s Ensemble-in-Residence presents the first of three concerts in the 2016-2017 season.  Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Richard Scerbo, INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra pushes the boundaries of classical music with riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcends the confines of the traditional classical concert experience.  

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

Requiem Eucharist for the Commemoration of All Faithful departed

 

As part of this beautiful and timeless liturgy, Redeemer’s Choirs sing Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.  Composed for the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 1997, its various sacred Latin texts, including some from the traditional requiem mass, are a quiet, direct and introspective meditation on Light, a universal symbol of illumination at all levels.

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Sunday, 4 December, at 6:00 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. 

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Saturday, 24 December, at 10:30 p.m.

Festal Eucharist of the Nativity

 

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

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

Organist Weston Jennings in Concert

 

Currently a student at the Yale School of Music, Weston Jennings has been organ scholar at Chelmsford and Canterbury Cathedrals in England, at the Royal Festival Hall in London.  He is quickly establishing himself as a talented and engaging international performer.

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Sunday, 19 February, at 5:00 p.m.

The American BoyChoir in Concert

 

America’s most widely touring and performing choral ensemble returns to Redeemer with its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation and ensemble virtuosity.

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Sunday, 19 March at 5:00 p.m.

The District Eight in Concert

The season of Lent and Holy Week have inspired generations of composers to write hauntingly beautiful and evocative choral music.  Acclaimed by The Washington Post for its “fine singers who blend and balance” and its “consistently beautiful performances”, the District Eight presents a program exploring this rich repertoire of liturgical works.

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Sunday, 2 April, at 5:00 p.m.

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra

 

In its second concert of the 2016-2017 season, Redeemer’s Ensemble-in-Residence brings us a program of more introspective and thought-provoking music, suitable for the season of Lent.

 

Thursday, 13 April, 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 sung by Redeemer’s choirs.

 

Friday, 14 April, at 12 noon

The Stations of the Cross

 

Musician Karen Ashbrook weaves music for hammered dulcimer into this traditional Good Friday commemoration of the via dolorosa, the sorrowful road that led Christ to the cross.  Fourteen short readings and responses are interspersed with meditative music.

 

Friday, Apri 14, at 7:30 p.m.

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

 

At the traditional liturgy of Good Friday we gather around the cross, sharing once again the Passion narrative.  This service includes music by John V of Portugal, Francis Jackson and Bob Chilcott sung by Redeemer’s adult choir.

 

Saturday, 15 April, 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, 16 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, 7 May, at 5:00 p.m.

The Shepherd Trio

 

A relative newcomer to the DC area chamber music scene, The Shepherd Trio formed to explore the beauty and diversity of music written for the unique combination of soprano, clarinet and piano.  The mission of The Shepherd Trio is not only to perform standard works written for the group, but to pursue new and exciting arrangements and compositions for this simple yet versatile ensemble. 

 

Sunday, 21 May, at 5:00 p.m.

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra

 

In its final concert of the 2016-2017 season, Redeemer’s Ensemble-in-Residence brings music for W.A. Mozart, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Mason Bates into the church’s beautiful sun-filled Sanctuary, together with a world premiere: ‘Get Up’ by Steve Gorbos.

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Sunday, 4 June, at 5:00 p.m.

Evensong for the Feast of Pentecost

 

Redeemer’s Adult and Youth choirs lead us in the beautiful liturgy, using a form that has been practiced in the England and around the world for more than five hundred years, and including some of the favorite music of the Anglican choral repertoire.

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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