Music Guild 2017-2018 Events
The Epiphany Music Guild (EMG) is pleased to announce its outstanding 2017-2018 season! We hope you are able to join us for some or all of these wonderful events.
If you supported us last season, or if you join the EMG before September 20, 2017, you will receive an invitation to our Member Appreciation Event–in fact, if you supported us last season, your invitation is already in the mail! We are proud to present, for the first time, Juilliard-trained violinist Niv Ashkenazi, accompanied by Eva Schaumkell, piano, in a program that features Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata along with works by Saint-Saens, Gershwin, the Beatles, and others. We will begin and end in the Bishop’s Hall with a reception to thank those who make our series of events possible through their generous donations.
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 5 p.m., we will offer Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints. As we honor the faithful who have gone before us, musical offerings will include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for St. Paul’s Cathedral by Herbert Howells, and And I saw the holy city by Los Angeles’ own Craig Phillips.
Recital by clarinetist Chris Stoutenborough and pianist Mitsuko Morikawa (Sunday November 5, 2017, at 6 p.m.)
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 6 p.m., we present clarinetist Chris Stoutenborough and pianist Mitsuko Morikawa. Chris wowed us last season with his impeccable technique, his incredible dynamic range, and the deep expressiveness of his playing when he joined Trio Celeste for Messiaen’s Quatuour pour la fin du temps. The program will include the Clarinet Sonata in F minor by Brahms and Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie. The recital will be followed by a reception where you can meet the artists.
On Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 5 p.m., the choirs of the Church of the Epiphany will offer an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols. This service combines scriptural readings with anthems and congregational hymns that reflect on the meaning of the lessons. It begins with the biblical story of the fall of humanity and climaxes with Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, and tells of the saving work of God and the prophecies of the coming of God’s Son. This event will be followed by a reception.
On Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 5 p.m., the Epiphany Schola will lead a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany, for which our church is named, This service will feature a cappella choral music, including the Dorian Service of Thomas Tallis, and accompanied congregational singing. It will be followed by a Twelfth-Night celebration.
On Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 5 p.m., the Epiphany Parish Choir will lead a Service of Contemplation and Prayer in the Style of Taizé. This service is quiet, meditative, and reflective, offering those present an opportunity to enter into a prayerful experience of God. Because this is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, a “Shrove Sunday” pancake supper will follow the service.
On Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., the Epiphany Schola will lead a service of sung Compline, the final liturgical office of the day. The liturgical antecedents of Compline are found as far back as the Fourth Century. Featuring beautiful a cappella choral music from the Renaissance on, this service brings the day to a peaceful close.
On Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 5 p.m., the EMG, along with the Red Door Vineyard, will offer a special event, with music by the distinguished chamber ensemble, Trio Céleste. Their program will include the Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (the “Dumky” Quartet) by Antonin Dvorak, which they played in their Carnegie Hall debut last April (“The players as individuals were sparkling, and ensemble balance and intonation were flawless,” raved the reviewer) and the Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., and continue with music, an intermission reception, more music, and a post-concert reception at which you can meet the artists. Admission is free to members of the EMG and the Red Door Vineyard; suggested donations for non-members are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students. To ensure that there is sufficient food and wine, those who wish to attend are asked to make a reservation no later than Wednesday, April 18, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (818) 991-4797, ext. 26.
On Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 5 p.m., the combined choirs of the Church of the Epiphany and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Thousand Oaks, will lead a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of Pentecost. Music at this service will include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A major by Herbert Sumsion.
Concert: Oak Baroque (Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 6 p.m.)
Oak Baroque, who played to a large and enthusiastic audience in April 2017, returns to our series with a program that features Vivaldi’s masterpiece, The Four Seasons, in a new performing edition by Christopher Hogwood based on a rare manuscript from Vivaldi’s circle that has alternate (and occasionally more difficult) readings than those editions based on the first publication. Using period instruments and historically informed performance practice, this will help those who attend hear Vivaldi’s masterpiece afresh. The poems in the manuscript, which provide a program for the concerti, will be read before each concerto. The program will also feature the Concerto in A major for harpsichord and strings, BWV 1055, by Johann Sebastian Bach.