Concordia Consort, ensemble in residence at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, presents the prelude recital to the Sunday, March 3 service of Choral Evensong sung by Trinity’s Parish Choir under the direction of Robert Barney. This takes place in Trinity’s main sanctuary at 81 Elm Street in Concord, beginning at 5 pm.
Concordia’s recorder players are Sheila Beardslee, Peter Dixon, Nouri Newman and Brian Warnock. The quartet will perform music from the principal Italian Renaissance music centers — Rome, Venice, Milan and Naples — on two sets of matched Renaissance recorders made by Thomas Prescott (Hanover, NH) and Francesco LiVirghi (Viterbo, Italy). Soprano Eileen Cecelia Callahan joins the Consort for vocal works by Pedersen, Gesualdo and Dentice.
Following this half-hour program, Trinity’s Parish Choir sings Choral Evensong, with “Responses” by Radcliffe, Psalms 114 and 115 set by Hurd and Howells, the “Magnificat” and “Nunc dimittis” by Harwood, and Titcomb’s “Behold now praise the Lord” as the anthem.
The service of Choral Evensong has been referred to as “Jewel of the Anglican Communion.” This experience, created with the formation of the service of Evening Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, is unique to the Anglican tradition. The body of music that has been written for this special liturgy is immense and spans over 500 years and a myriad number of composers. Anglican and Episcopal parishes around the globe are offering up sung prayer daily, weekly, monthly, or as often as their choirs can learn the musical settings. Some people call it a concert, but it is really a dialogue of prayer between officiant and choir, at the same time it is a conversation begun and continuing between the creator and the created.
All in the greater Concord community are invited to attend at no charge. Trinity Episcopal Church is fully handicap-accessible. For further information on this and other events at Trinity, please call the Parish Office, 978-369-3715, or visit Trinity online at www.trinityconcord.org.