Featured Choral Evensong from Wednesday, December 4, 2019
John of Damascus
As we enter the season of Advent this week, our featured Evensong service is from early Advent a year ago, on Wed., December 4, 2019.
The Cathedral Choir sang this service, and the homilist was the Rev. Rosalind Hughes, Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid.
The Introit was the traditional “Advent Prose” (Drop down, ye heavens, from above), and the Responses were sung to the famous choral setting by William Smith (1603-1645). The canticles and anthem were composed by “in house” Trinity Cathedral composers. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung to the “Trinity Hodie Service” setting by Dr. Judith Eckelmeyer, with Kira McGirr as alto soloist. This highly effective setting uses the musical motive of the “Hodie Christus natus est” plainsong used by Benjamin Britten to begin and end his Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28. The anthem is “A Song of the Wilderness” for choir, organ and French Horn (played by superb French hornist Meghan Guegold). Trinity’s Director of Music, Todd Wilson, was commissioned to write this work a few years ago as a tribute to The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell upon her retirement as head of the Religion Department at the Chautauqua Institution.
The Trinity Cathedral Choir
Todd Wilson, director
Nicole Keller, organist
Homilist: The Rev. Rosalind Hughes (Rector, Church of the Epiphany, Euclid)
Introit: The Advent Prose
Preces and Responses: William Smith (1603-1645)
Service: Trinity Hodie Service – Judith Eckelmeyer; Kira McGirr, soloist
Anthem: A Song of the Wilderness – Todd Wilson (b. 1954); Meghan Guegold, French Horn
Hymns: 547, 57
Psalm: 29 (Anglican Chant by H.G. Ley)
Evensong Order of Service
Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects
Collect for the Day
Concluding Versicle and Response
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