christ & saint stephen’s2014–2015
Christ & saint stephen’sepisCopal ChurCh
new York, nY
Greetings and welcome to our ninth season of music at christ & saint stephen’s. We are pleased to offer our special services and a variety of concerts performed by an exceptional group of
The season begins with a vocal concert featuring gregory lorenz and sarah rose taylor. A tenor of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Mr. Lorenz has performed operatic roles and solo concerts to great acclamation across the USA, Europe and Japan. Ms Taylor, was recently reviewed by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as [singing] with gorgeous shading and intensity ... whose clarity and focus brought the audience to rapt attention. This is a unique opportunity to hear some rarely performed English song cycles sung by two outstanding singers.
We are always pleased to host international touring choirs. This season we welcome st. salvator’s chapel choir from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The choir performs repertoire that spans six centuries and includes many world premieres. The St. Andrew Citizen wrote of the choir: Both thrilling and yet meditative, energetic yet sensitive.
Returning to Christ & Saint Stephen’s after popular acclaim, Jerry willard, Classical Guitarist, has performed at Alice Tully & Carnegie Hall in New York City and has concertized extensively throughout Europe and the USA. The New York Times wrote: The recital was exemplary ... it was again the clarity of Mr. Willard’s playing that gave special pleasure.
The concert series concludes with our annual organ concert performed by BenJamin sheen. Mr. Sheen is one of the brightest young organists, having recently won the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He is currently Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, and this will be a concert not to be missed!
These concerts are spread amongst the weekly Sunday morning services and our series of special services sung by our professional choir as outlined on page 4. One service of particular note is the solemn eucharist commemorating the centennial of world war i on October 19, directed by Guest Conductor, Paul Spicer. All services are free and open to the public.
Please consider supporting the friends of music for 2014-2015 with a tax deductible contribution. This enables us to continue offering these concerts and special services. All gifts are much appreciated.
We look forward to welcoming you to another season of wonderful music at christ & saint stephen’s.
With best wishes,
Nigel PottsOrganist & Choirmaster
sunday, octoBer 5 – 4:00 pm
english song cyclesTen Blake Songs for Voice and Oboe
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSea Pictures ~ Sir Edward Elgar
Serenade ~ Benjamin Britten Susan Spector, Oboe Grace Cloutier, HarpTrevor Nuckols, Horn craig Ketter, Piano
Nigel Potts, Organ
tuesday, march 17 – 7:30 pm
st. salvator’s chapel choiruniversity of st andrews, scotland
Tom Wilkinson, DirectorProgram will include works by:
Schütz, Stanford, and James MacMillan
sunday, april 12 – 4:00 pm
Jerry willard International Classical Guitarist Mr. Willard’s program will include works by:Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz, Baden Powell, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, Scott Joplin, and Kondo Koji performed on three different period guitars.
tuesday, may 19 – 7:30 pm
The Schoenstein Organ Seventh Anniversary Concert BenJamin sheen
OrganistMr. Sheen’s program will include music by:
Mendelssohn, Elgar, Jongen, and Reubke, etc.
Suggested Donation: $20 Adults, $10 Students & Senior Citizens
sarah rose taylorMezzo Soprano
music & worshipSee pages 5–9 for full music listing/repertoire.
sunday, octoBer 19 – 11:00 a.m.Solemn Eucharist Commemorating the Centennial of World War I, 1914-1918
saturday, novemBer 8 – 5:00 p.m.Solemn Requiem Evensong for All Souls
sunday, novemBer 23 – 11:00 a.m.Festive Choral Eucharist and Solemn Procession for the Patronal Feast of Christ the King
saturday in the first weeK of advent, decemBer 6 – 5:00 p.m.From Darkness to Light: A Procession of Advent Lessons & Carols
the eve of the nativity, wednesday, decemBer 24Prelude of Hymns & Carols – 10:30 p.m.The First Choral Eucharist of our Lord’s Nativity – 11:00 p.m.
christmas day, thursday, decemBer 25 – 10:00 a.m.The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
the first sunday of christmas, decemBer 28 – 11:00 a.m.A Service of Lessons & Carols and Holy Eucharist
saturday, feBruary 7 – 5:00 p.m. A Festival of Hymns for the Church Year
ash wednesday, feBruary 18 – 7:00 p.m.Choral Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes
maundy thursday, april 2 – 7:00 p.m.The Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar, followed by the Watch Before the Blessed Sacrament
good friday, april 3The Solemn Liturgy of the Cross and Passion, 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.Choral Meditations on the Passion of our Redeemer – 7:00 p.m.
the eve of the day of resurrection, saturday, april 4 – 8:00 p.m.The Great Vigil of Easter
the day of resurrection: easter day, april 5 – 11:00 a.m.Festival Choral Eucharist and Solemn Procession
Music & Worship
season after pentecost
SeptemBer 7The 13th Sunday after Pentecost
Teach me, O Lord Thomas Attwood Verily, verily I say unto you Thomas Tallis
septemBer 14The 14th Sunday after Pentecost
Praise the Lord, O my soul Thomas TomkinsTurn thy face from my sins Thomas Attwood
septemBer 21The 15th Sunday after Pentecost
O God My King John AmnerSimile Est Regnum Cristobal Morales
septemBer 28The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Christus factus est Felice Anerio To thee, O Lord Sergei Rachmaninov
octoBer 5The 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Come, my way, my truth, my life Harold FriedellI sat down under his shadow Sir Edward Bairstow
octoBer 12The 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Rejoice in the Lord alway John RedfordThe Lord is my shepherd Humphrey Clucas
octoBer 19Solemn Eucharist
Commemorating the Centennial of World War I, 1914–1918
The Angel’s Farewell from ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ Sir Edward ElgarAnd I saw a new heaven Edgar BaintonAgnus Dei (September 11th, 2001) Ian KellamFor the Fallen Mark Blatchly
paul spicer, Guest Conductor
liturgical music2014 – 2015
Sunday 11:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist unless otherwise stated.
Music is subject to change without notice.
LiturgicaL Music2014 – 2015
octoBer 26The 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Blessed is the Man Richard ShephardJesu! dulcis memoria Richard Shephard
novemBer 2All Saints’ Sunday
These are they which follow the Lamb John GossFaire is the heav’n Sir William Harris Give us the wings of faith Ernest Bullock
saturday, novemBer 8 – 5:00 p.m.Solemn Requiem Evensong for All Souls
Holy is the true light Sir William HarrisSong of Athene John TavenerFaire is the heav’n Sir William HarrisGive rest, O Christ Kieff Melody
novemBer 9The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
If we believe that Jesus died and rose again John GossHaste Thee, O God Adrian Batten
novemBer 16The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Herr, Gott, du bist unsre Zuflucht fur und fur Felix MendelssohnHere, O my Lord Percy Whitlock
novemBer 23The Last Sunday after Pentecost:
The Patronal Feast of Christ the KingO clap your hands Ralph Vaughan WilliamsLet all mortal flesh keep silence Bairstow
novemBer 30The 1st Sunday of Advent
O thou the central orb Charles WoodExpectans Expectavi Charles Wood
saturday, decemBer 6 – 5:00 p.m.From Darkness to Light:
A Procession of Advent Lessons & Carols Expectans Expectavi Charles WoodRejoice in the Lord alway Henry Purcell Canite tuba Francisco GuerreroAve Maria Bogoroditsye Dyevo RachmaninovHow beautiful are the feet G. F. HandelMatins & Vesper Responsory after Palestrina
decemBer 7The 2nd Sunday of Advent
Mercy and truth are met Ned RoremCanite tuba Francisco Guerrero
decemBer 14The 3rd Sunday of Advent
Rejoice in the Lord alway Henry PurcellHow beautiful are the feet G. F. Handel
decemBer 21The 4th Sunday of Advent
Ave Maria Bogoroditsye Dyevo Rachmaninov Hymne à la Vierge Pierre Villette
wednesday, 24 decemBerThe Eve of the Nativity
Prelude of Hymns & Carols10:30 p.m.
Welcome, Yule! Sir Hubert ParrySee amid the Winter’s snow Sir John GossResonet in Laudibus Jacob HandlDormi, Jesu John Rutter
The First Choral Eucharist of our Lord’s Nativity
11:00 p.m.When Christ was born of Mary free FriedellHymne à la Vierge Pierre Villette
thursday, 25 decemBer – 10:00 a.m.The Feast of the Nativity of our
Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day Resonet in Laudibus Jacob HandlO my dear heart Peter Warlock
decemBer 28The 1st Sunday of Christmas
Lessons & CarolsAdam lay ybounden Boris OrdI sing of a maiden Richard Madden Welcome, Yule! Sir Hubert ParryWhen Christ was born of Mary free FriedellDormi, Jesu John Rutter
January 4The 2nd Sunday of Christmas
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring J. S. BachLove came down at Christmas Ronald Arnatt
January 11The Baptism of Our Lord
The Shepherd’s Farewell Hector BerliozArise, Shine O Jerusalem G. P. da Palestrina
January 18The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
O Lord, thou hast searched me out Robert WalkerBethlehem Down Peter Warlock
January 25The 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Jesu, Lord of life and glory Sir Edward Elgar Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré
feBruary 1The 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Thy word is a lantern Henry PurcellTeach me, O Lord William Byrd
saturday, feBruary 7 – 5:00 p.m.A Festival of Hymns for the Church Year
feBruary 8The 5th Sunday after the Epiphany
Hear my prayer, O Lord Henry Purcell O Lord, increase my faith Henry Loosemore
feBruary 15The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
O nata lux de lumine Thomas TallisO Sacrum Convivium Giovanni Croce
feBruary 18 – 7:00 p.m.Choral Holy Eucharist and the
Imposition of AshesLent Prose Mode VHear my prayer, O Lord Thomas TomkinsO Remember Not Henry Purcell
feBruary 22The 1st Sunday in Lent
Super Flumina Babylonis G. P. da Palestrina To thee, O Lord Sergei Rachmaninov
march 1The 2nd Sunday in Lent
Look down, O Lord William ByrdAve Verum William Byrd
march 8The 3rd Sunday in Lent
Messe Basse Gabriel FauréTantum ergo Gabriel Fauré
march 15The 4th Sunday in Lent
As Moses lifted up the serpent Edward BairstowGod so loved the world Sir John Stainer
march 22The 5th Sunday in Lent
Drop, drop slow tears from ‘Crucifixus Pro Nobis’ Kenneth LeightonAve verum corpus Colin Mawby
march 29The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Hosanna to the Son of David Thomas WeelkesIngrediente Domino George MalcolmThe Passion according to St. Mark PlainsongIn Monte Oliveti Marco IngegneriO vos omnes Pablo CasalsTenebrae Factae Sunt G. P. da PalestrinaTantum ergo Jose Maria Beobide
maundy thursday, april 27:00 p.m.
Ave verum Sir Edward ElgarA new commandment Richard ShephardTantum ergo Jose Maria Beobide
good friday, april 312 noon – 3:00 p.m.
The Solemn Liturgy of the Cross and Passion
Popule meus (The Reproaches) John SandersO vos omnes Pablo CasalsIn Monte Oliveti Marco IngegneriDrop, drop slow tears from ‘Crucifixus Pro Nobis’ Kenneth LeightonCruxifixus à 8 Antonio LottiTenebrae Factae Sunt G. P. da PalestrinaAve verum corpus Colin Mawby
7:00 p.m.Choral Meditations on the Passion of our Redeemer
Kyries from:Missa L’Hora Passa Ludovico da ViadanaMissa Aeterna Christi Munera G. P. da PalestrinaMass for Double Choir Felix MendelssohnCollegium Regale Service in E minor H. DarkeMesse Cum Jubilo Maurice DurufléMissa Brevis Kenneth LeightonMass for Five Voices William Byrd
saturday, april 4 – 8:00 p.m.The Eve of the Day of Resurrection:
The Great Vigil of EasterSicut cervus G. P. da PalestrinaLight of the World Sir Edward ElgarAlleluia. Christus surrexit Felice Anerio
april 5The Day of the Resurrection:
Easter DayJoy is come Trad German, Arr: Andrew CarterLight of the World Sir Edward ElgarAlleluia. Christus surrexit Felice AnerioIf we believe that Jesus died Sir John Goss
april 12The 2nd Sunday of Easter
Most glorious Lord of Life Sir William HarrisThis joyful Eastertide Charles Wood
april 19The 3rd Sunday of Easter
Alleluia. Christus surrexit Felice AnerioBehold, the tabernacle of God Sir William Harris
april 26The 4th Sunday of Easter
Jubilate Deo W. A. MozartThe Lord is my shepherd Humphrey Clucas
may 3The 5th Sunday of Easter
Come, my way, my truth, my life David CooperO taste and see Ralph Vaughan Williams
may 10The 6th Sunday of Easter
Sing to the Lord a New Made Song W. BillingsA new commandment Richard Shephard
may 17The 7th Sunday of Easter:
The Sunday after Ascension DayO clap your hands Ralph Vaughan WilliamsI will not leave you comfortless William Byrd
may 24The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
Like as the hart Noel RawsthorneGrieve not the Holy Spirit T. Tertius NobleEv’ry time I feel the spirit arr. William L. Dawson
may 31Trinity Sunday
The Cherubic Hymn from ‘Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom’ RachmaninovWe bless the Father and the Son Max Reger
June 7The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Aus tiefer Not (In deep despair I call to Thee) MendelssohnAdam lay ybounden Boris Ord
June 14The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Sing my soul Ned RoremTeach me, O Lord Thomas Attwood
June 21The 4th Sunday after Pentecost
O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace Christopher TyeRichard de Castre’s Prayer to Jesus Richard Terry
June 28The 5th Sunday after Pentecost
Most glorious Lord of Life Sir William HarrisDomine, non sum dignus Tomas Luis de Victoria
The choir of christ & saint stephen’s consists of eight professional New York
singers. Although they all come with a wealth of choral experience for blend and liturgical empathy, the choir members also have active solo, oratorio, and/or operatic careers within the USA and Europe.
The choir sings the principal Sunday morning Choral Eucharist service (with reduced numbers during the summer), as well as extra services for the major feast days and other special services, such as Choral Evensong during the year. A wide range of repertoire is sung during the course of the liturgical season, from the late Medieval and Renaissance period, through the 20th Century to compositions of the present day, but with an emphasis on Tudor England and the great Anglican Choral tradition. The choir has commissioned music by prominent American composers such as Bruce Neswick and Robert Lehman, and has been directed by respected visiting conductors such as Brian Jones, Jared Johnson, as well as Paul Spicer from England.
Sopranos: Margaret Streeter & Claire RaphaelsonAltos: Sarah Rose Taylor & Linda ChildsTenors: Richard Liebowitz & John MurrayBasses: Stanley Lacy & Steven Herring
the schoenstein & co. organ
The organ at Christ & Saint Stephen’s was designed and built by the San
Francisco company of Schoenstein & Co. in 2008.
The organ of 15 stops, is in the symphonic style, of which its concepts of maximum variety of tonal color and the widest possible dynamic range, creates an instrument not only of great beauty, but versatility. This symphonic style is ideal for the Anglican service, which demands the most intricate and sophisticated choral accompaniments, solid support of congregational singing, and a wealth of tonal variety for organ solo repertoire.
The façade pipes were decorated, (as in the Victorian period) to capture the color and design motifs of the church. The organ case and choir stalls was beautifully built by New Holland Church Furniture company.
Nigel Potts ~ Organist & Choirmaster
The anglican church music tradition has been an important and enduring part of
nigel potts’ life. He has held Cathedral and Church positions in New Zealand, England and the USA.
Born into a musical family, (his grandmother being a student of Herbert Howells), Nigel’s church music career began as an 8-year old chorister at Wellington Cathedral. He has held Organ Scholarships in English Cathedrals, and worked in London as a freelance organist playing services and recitals in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and other churches.
A graduate of Yale University, Nigel was appointed Organist & Choirmaster of Christ & Saint Stephen’s in 2006, where he conducts the professional choir and directs the music at christ & saint stephen’s concert series. In 2008, he oversaw the installation of the new Schoenstein & Co. organ. An advocate of new music, Nigel is the dedicatee of several organ compositions and he has also commissioned choral music from prominent American and British composers. Nigel’s organ transcriptions are published by MorningStar Music.
As a Concert Organist, Nigel has performed recitals across four continents, including distinguished venues in London, Cambridge (UK), Paris, Toronto, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, as well as in Austria, Iceland, Taiwan, New Zealand and the Bahamas.
Paul Jacobs ~ Artist in Residence
D escriBed by The Chicago Tribune as one of the most supremely gifted organists
of his generation, Grammy award-winning organist paul JacoBs unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry. His performances of new works and core recital and symphonic repertoire have transfixed audiences, colleagues and critics alike.
Paul made musical history at the age of 23 when he played J.S. Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. He has also performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in marathon performances throughout North America, and recently reached the milestone of having performed in each of the fifty United States. His recording of the Messiaen Livre du Saint Sacrement, released by Naxos in 2010, was awarded that year’s Best Solo Instrumental Grammy of the Year, the first time a disc of solo organ music has received this honor.
Paul joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003, and was named chairman of the organ department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history.
As Artist in Residence at Christ & Saint Stephen’s, Paul accompanies the choir for major services throughout the year, in addition to performing and lecturing on the concert series. In 2008, he gave the opening dedication recital of the new Schoenstein organ.
christ & saint stephen’s church120 West 69th Street
New York, NY 10023212-787-2755
The Reverend L. Kathleen Liles Rector
Nigel PottsOrganist & Choirmaster
Paul JacobsArtist in Residence
Robert J. RussellDirector of Music Emeritus
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