2018 Fall/Winter 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.

October

3 George Kennedy Allen Bell
Dean, Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Chamber Singers
Gibbons “Short Service”

10 Vida Dutton Scudder
The Rev. Sarah Shofstall
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Stanford in B-flat

17 Ignatius
The Rev. Peter Faass
Trinity Chamber Singers
Tallis Fauxbourdon Service

24 St. James of Jerusalem
The Rev. Sarah Shofstall
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Noble in A minor

31 All Hallows’ Eve
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service:  Lassus on the 8th Tone
Howells: Requiem

November

7 William Temple
The Rev. Rosalina Rivera
Choir of First Lutheran Church, Lorain
Service: Michael Praetorious 

14 Samuel Seabury
The Rev. Jeanne Leinbach
Choristers of St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights
Simon Lole “St. David’s Service”

21 NO EVENSONG IN THANKSGIVING WEEK

28 Isaac Watts
Trinity Chamber Singers
The Rev. Dr. Brian Wilbert
Service: Stanford in G

December

5 Clement of Alexandria
The Rev. Sarah Shofstall
Men of the Cathedral Choir
Service: Bairstow in E-flat

12 Lucy [Lucia]
Dean, Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Eckelmeyer “Trinity Hodie Service”

Other evening services at Trinity Cathedral include:

 Solemn Sung Eucharist
Held on the first Sundays at 5 p.m.:
Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6

Fall Choral Concert
Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Music by The Three B’s: Boulanger, Bairstow and Bernstein
The Cathedral Choir with soloists and instruments

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