2019 Spring Choral Evensong Schedule

Since the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, Choral Evensong has been an evening offering sung in cathedrals and churches of the Anglican Communion. This 6 p.m. service held on Wednesday nights from October through May. The service is followed by community supper ($6 suggested donation) with educational programs at 7:30 p.m. on first Wednesdays.

February

6 Martyrs of Japan
The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Friedell in F

13 Absalom Jones
The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe
Trinity Chamber Singers
David Conte “Trinity Service”

20 Frederick Douglass
The Rev. Rosalind Hughes
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Howells “Gloucester Service”

27 George Herbert
The Rev. Peter Faass
High voices of the Cathedral Choir
Moore: Second Service

March

6 Ash Wednesday
Services at 7:30 a.m., noon and
6:00 p.m.
(The Cathedral Choir sings
music by Allegri and Farrant at
the 6:00 p.m. service)

13 James Theodore Holly
The Rev. Sarah Shofstall
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Rubbra in A-flat

20 Saint Joseph
The Rt. Rev. Arthur Williams
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Walmisley in D minor

24 at 4:00 p.m.
Festal Evensong
with Installation of The Very
Rev. Bernard J. Owens IV
as 12th Dean of Trinity Cathedral

27 The Annunciation
The Very Rev. Bernard Owens
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Wesley in G

April

Richard of Chichester
Mr. Al Brazynetz
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Tallis Short Service

10 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed
Men of the Cathedral Choir
Service: Dyson in C minor

17 Holy Week
Tenebrae Service at 6:00 p.m.
Trinity Chamber Singers sing the
Lamentations by Robert White

24 Wednesday in Easter Week
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Dyson in F
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30

May

1 St. Philip and St. James, Apostles
The Rev. Keith Owen
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Stanford in A

8 Dame Julian of Norwich
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Kelly in C

15 Frances Perkins
The Rev. Gayle Catinella
Illuminare Chamber Choir,
Youngstown
Service: Sowerby in D

Other evening services at Trinity Cathedral include:

5 p.m. Solemn Sung Eucharist
Held on the first Sundays at 5 p.m.:
Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5

Saturday, March 2
Evensong at 3:00 p.m.
Conclusion of Treblefest,
directed by Sarah MacDonald,
Music Director at Selwyn College,
Cambridge, and Ely Cathedral
Girls Choir.

Good Friday, April 19 | 7:30p.m.
Requiems by Herbert Howells and John Rutter

Evensong hangs on the wall of English life like an old, familiar cloak passed through the generations. Rich with prayer and scripture, it is nevertheless totally non-threatening. It is a service into which all can stumble without censure—a rambling old house where everyone can find some corner to sit and think, to listen with half-attention, trailing a few absent-minded fingers of faith or doubt in its passing stream. Most religious celebrations gather us around a table of some sort. They hand us a book, or a plate, or speak a word of demanding response. They want to ‘touch’ us. Choral Evensong is a liturgical expression of Christ’s Nolle me tangere – ‘Do not touch me. I have not yet ascended to my Father’ (St. John 20:17). It reminds us that thresholds can be powerful places of contemplation; and that leaving someone alone with their thoughts is not always denying them hospitality or welcome.

Stephen Hough