Music Guild 2018-2019 Events
The Epiphany Music Guild (EMG) is pleased to announce its outstanding 2018-2019 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 19, 2018, you will receive an invitation to our Member Appreciation Event–in fact, if you supported us last season, your invitation was already sent to you! We are proud to present soprano Jessie Tisdale, accompanied by pianist Mark Salters. Jessie will offer a varied and interesting program that is guaranteed to delight you! 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.
Epiphany’s Parish Choir and Schola will join forces to lead a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints, to honor the lives of the faithful who have gone before us. Musical offerings will include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A by Herbert Sumsion, the Preces and Responses by Craig Phillips, and The souls of the righteous by Epiphany’s own Jay Wilcox.
Concert: Niv Ashkenazi, violin, and Zachary Deaks, piano (Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 6 p.m.)
Niv Ashkenazi played for our Member Appreciation Event last year, and blew the audience away with his stunning technique, his passionate musical interpretations, and his engaging personality. Niv’s program will include Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304, Rachmaninoff’s beloved Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14, and Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a. The concert will be followed by a reception where you can meet the artists.
In an annual Epiphany tradition, the choirs of the Church of the Epiphany lead an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, helping us to focus on preparing ourselves for the coming of God’s Son into our hearts. A series of scriptural readings are responded to with anthems and congregational hymns that reflect on the meaning of those lessons. Beginning with the fall of humanity, tracing the words of those who prophesied the coming of God’s Son into the world, and climaxing with the Annunciation and Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, the lesson tell of God’s great love for us and his creation. This event will be followed by a simple reception.
To celebrate the feast day for which our church is named, the Epiphany Schola will lead a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany. This service features a cappella choral music, including the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C by Charles King, the Preces and Responses of Thomas Tallis, and the anthem Ab oriente venerunt Magi by Jacob Handl (also known as Jacobus Gallus).
Concert: FutureReadyMusicians (Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 6 p.m.)
FutureReadyMusicians is an organization that provides guidance and support to recent music graduates as they navigate the beginnings of their careers. The ensemble that will play for us will consist of flute, oboe, viola, and cello. Their interactive and engaging program will feature music played by various combinations of instruments, and will include music in many styles and from many eras. This promises to be a wonderful ending to a special day!
Each year, our Parish Choir will leads a Service of Contemplation and Prayer in the Style of Taizé, based on the practices of the ecumenical monastic community in Taizé, France. Beloved by all who attend, this service is quiet, meditative, and reflective, offering those present an opportunity to enter into a prayerful experience of God.
Oak Baroque, an ensemble that uses historically informed performance practice and plays period instruments, returns to Epiphany with Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The musicians will use a performing edition that was prepared from a manuscript copied by a student of Vivaldi a year after the work was initially published. This edition demonstrates that Vivaldi’s concept of this work changed and grew, with sections that are even more virtuosic than those in the published version. While instantly recognizable as the Four Seasons, this performance will shed new light on this great work. The program will also include the Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052, by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Joint Event: Epiphany Music Guild and the Red Door Vineyard (Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 5 p.m.) Concert by Trio Céleste
Trio Céleste is truly the crown jewel of our series. Hailed far and wide for their virtuosity, their musicianship, and their incredible ensemble, they return to Epiphany with a program that will include the powerful Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15, by Bedřich Smetana, his first masterpiece, and the utterly irresistible Café Music by Paul Schoenfeld. Hailed by critics as “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be,” we are honored to present these consummate artists. 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.
Compline is an evening liturgy whose antecedents date back to the Fourth Century. This contemplative service was particularly important in the English pre-Reformation Church, where skilled choirs sang rich polyphonic settings of many parts of the service. The Epiphany Schola sings this service entirely a cappella, interspersing chants with ethereal settings by great English composers William Byrd, John Sheppard, Thomas Tallis, and Robert White, and concluding with Victoria’s setting of the Regina Caeli.