Music Guild 2016-2017 Events
The Epiphany Music Guild is delighted to announce these events for its eleventh season in 2016-2017:
Members Only Event (September 2016)
Those who join the Music Guild or renew their membership by September 21, 2016, will receive an invitation to a special thank-you event, which will feature the return of flamenco guitarists Walter Molina and Caroline Espinoza in a program of music for two guitars.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
5:00 p.m.: Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints. The Anglican service of Choral Evensong give those who attend the opportunity to enter into a conversation between God and his people that began before we were born and will continue until the end of time. The service itself proclaims God’s wonderful works in history, especially in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This service honors the lives of the faithful who have preceded us and provided an example of faith in action for us. Music will include the beautiful anthem “And I saw a new heaven” by Edward Bainton and the Gloucester Canticles of Herbert Howells, and will be led by the Epiphany Parish Choir and Schola.
6:00 p.m. Recital: Frank Harvey and Yih-Mei Hu, duo pianists. These two brilliant pianists will perform a program of music for piano, four hands, which will include music by Sergei Rachmaninov, Samuel Barber, Terry Riley, and Coldplay. A reception to meet the artists will follow the recital. Admission is free; donations will be gladly accepted!
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols. Epiphany’s Choirs will lead this annual service. This service begins with the fall of humanity, concludes with the Annunciation and Mary’s visit with Elizabeth, and tells in scripture and song of the saving work of God and the prophecies of the coming of his Son, Jesus Christ. The service will include congregational hymns and choral anthems that correspond to the themes of the lessons. Choral music will include Adam may ybounden by Philip Ledger, And the glory of the Lord from Messiah by George Frideric Handel, Come, O precious ransom by Mark Shepperd, Come, thou long-expected Jesus by Robert McCormick, People, look east! by Craig Phillips, and Übers Gebirg Maria geht by Johannes Eccard.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
5:00 p.m.: Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany. In celebration of The Church of the Epiphany’s name-day feast, the Epiphany Schola will lead a service of Choral Evensong, featuring a cappella choral music and accompanied congregational singing. The canticles for this service will be the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the Dorian Service by Thomas Tallis, and the anthem for this service will be the ethereal Videntes stellam by Francis Poulenc.
6:00 p.m. Recital: duoGliss. Ko Ni Choi and Hee Jim Yoon will present a wide-ranging program of music for the unusual combination of two harps. Successful auditioners at the 2016 Beverly Hills auditions, we are delighted to present them on our series for the first time! A reception to meet the artists will follow the recital. Admission is free; donations will be gladly accepted!
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Please note times of reception and pre-concert seminar.)
Trio Céleste (only months before their Carnegie Hall debut) and clarinetist Chris Stoughtenborough will perform one of the greatest works of the twentieth century, Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the end of time). This work was written by Messiaen while he was interned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II for himself and three other musicians in the camp. Premiered to an audience of prisoners and their guards in Stalag VIII-A in 1941, this work, instead of being despairing as the circumstances of its composition might lead one to expect, ends with a movement of which Messiaen said, “It is all love.” Profound and spiritual, this rarely heard work is not to be missed.
At 6:00 p.m., there will be a pre-concert reception, which will be followed at 6:45 p.m. by a pre-concert seminar examining this masterpiece.
Sunday, March 5, 2017: 7:30 p.m.
A Service of Contemplation and Prayer in the Style of Taizé. This service is patterned on the worship practices of the ecumenical French monastic community at Taizé. The worship is quiet, meditative and reflective, and seeks to provide an opportunity to worshipers to enter into a prayerful experience of God. This service is led by the Epiphany Parish Choir.
Sunday, April 2, 2017: 7:30 p.m.
Compline. With a liturgical history that dates to the 4th century, this contemplative service is the final liturgical office of the day. We follow the peculiarly English approach to this service, using the Sarum rites developed in Salisbury which were more elaborate than continental practice. This service will be sung, entirely a cappella, by the Epiphany Schola.
Sunday, April 30, 2017: 5:00 p.m.
Combined Music Guild Event and Red Door Vineyard Wine Adventure: Bach-stravaganza! This concert will be presented by a chamber ensemble composed of some of Southern California’s leading exponents of historically-informed performance practice, which seeks to present Baroque music in the manner in which it was originally heard, stripped of the romantic accretions of the 19th century. Playing on period instruments, the ensemble will offer a variety of instrumental works by Johann Sebastian Bach. The program will be:
Sonata VI in G major for violin and harpsichord obbligato, BWV 1019
Concerto V in F minor for harpsichord and strings, BWV 1056
Suite No. 3 in C major for cello solo, BWV 1009
Concerto in A minor for violin, strings and continuo, BWV 1041
Admission is free to members of the Music Guild and the Red Door Vineyard; suggested donations for non-members are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children. To ensure that there is sufficient food and wine, we ask that those who wish to attend make a reservation no later than Wednesday, April 26, by contacting the music office at either firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 991-4797, extension 26.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
5:00 p.m.: Choral Evensong. Choral Evensong is a service of psalms, scripture, and prayers that have been shaped and refined through long usage, and beautiful music, all designed to help us experience God in a profound way. In this service is distilled a portion of the worship of God that is ongoing at all times and in all places. Epiphany’s Parish Choir and Schola will lead this reflective service.
6:00 p.m.: Recital: Bang-Eunn Lee, cello. Bang-Eunn Lee makes her first appearance on the Epiphany Music Guild series, presenting an all-Beethoven program. She will play the 12 Variations on “See, the conqu’ring hero comes” (from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus), WoO 45 (1796), the Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, no. 2 (1796), and the Sonata in A major, Op. 69 (1808).
A reception to meet the artist will follow the recital. Admission is free; donations will be gladly accepted!