St. James presents Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for Choral Evensong, a beautiful, quintessentially Anglican service of sung Evening Prayer that has elements of drama and ritual that nourish the spiritual life of all of us. The service is based on elements of Holy Scripture and comes from a long history, originating in Judaic and early Christian evening worship. At St. James, Evensong is sung by the choir, with the congregation participating throughout in thoughtful prayer, the Confession and Creed, and singing of hymns.

The organist for the service is Tate Addis. Acclaimed for “spectacular” performances and “deeply communicative musicality,” organist Tate Addis has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States and Europe. A graduate of Wichita State University, Yale University, and Oberlin Conservatory, he currently serves as Associate Director of Music & Organist at First Baptist Church in Asheville.

Tate will play a fifteen-minute prelude beginning at 4:45, including Prelude and Trumpetings by Myron Roberts, Psalm Prelude by Craig Phillips, and the beautiful Elegy by Sir George Thalben-Ball. The Postlude will be the majestic Choral-improvisation sur le Victimae paschali by Charles Tournemire.

The St. James Choir will be singing a very special Introit for this service: an a cappella piece by composer Frank Boles which was written for our Director of Music Brad Gee in celebration of his twenty years of music ministry at St. James. Other choral repertoire will include Preces & Responses by Käthe Wright Kaufman, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in A Minor by T. Tertius Noble, and Greater Love Hath No Man Than This by John Ireland.

The Officiant will be The Rev. David Henson, and soprano Alex Rowland will be the Cantor. Please note that the Prelude will begin at 4:45 p.m.

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