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Music at Advent
2016 THIRD SUNDAY SERIES CONCERTS &
SCHOLA ADVENTUS EVENTS
The Third Sunday Series will take a break in the summer and resume in September. Watch this space for full details of the 2016-17 season!
Monday, August 15: The Assumption of Our Lady
Procession & High Mass, 6:30pm
Schola Adventus will sing Missa Assumpta est Maria by Palestrina and muisc by Parsons, Willan and Taverner
A Festive Reception follows
Thursday, September 29: St. Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas)
Procession & Pontifical High Mass for the Institution of Fr. Paul D. Allick as Rector, 6:30pm
Musical details to be announced
A Festive Reception
Opportunities to Fund Music at Advent
The Music Program at Advent is partially funded by our “Music Endowment Fund” established through a generous bequest from longtime parishioner Tyll Goodrich a few years ago. This enables us to continue to provide appropriate music to support our Anglo-Catholic heritage Sunday by Sunday. However, our budget only funds Schola Adventus for three Sundays each month. Many midweek masses are also in need of sponsorship, as they were last year. During the course of this year, we continue to seek donations to defray the cost of music for these masses. It is extremely gratifying that donors are continuing to come forward to cover the cost of Schola Adventus on Sundays where they have been scheduled to be off. The cost of these Sundays is $320, and the cost of a midweek mass $400. Please be in touch if you are able to assist. Please watch The Orb, The Scepter and this music page or information about how to support these special liturgies.
The Third Sunday Series is now completely self-funding, with artists paying a small fee to the church for use of the facilities and taking the donations made at the door. We continue to be excited about all the people we bring into our sacred and special space through this series and are pleased that it no longer needs support from the budget.
Despite our financial challenges, I continue to be really excited about our music ministry here and very committed to the success of our program in supporting our Anglo-Catholic heritage. Advent is a very special place, with a music program that is unique in the Bay Area and it is my intention and hope that it will continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come.
Dr Paul Ellison
Director of Music
Music at Advent
Music is an integral part of worship at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King. For almost five hundred years, Anglican Church music has sought to proclaim the Christian faith. This rich and deeply spiritual musical heritage enhances the beauty and solemnity of our services. Added to our Anglican heritage is music from the Catholic tradition which preceded it. Church music is an art form that is designed to fulfill specific functions in the liturgy, and can be considered to be a form of prayer. The music at the Church of the Advent speaks to our intellect, our emotions, and to parts of our soul beyond the reach of the conscious mind. It is a window to the Divine Presence. The service music at our eleven o'clock High Mass on Sundays usually includes an organ prelude and postlude, propers for the specific day sung to the traditional Gregorian chants in Latin, a psalm sung to Anglican chant, an anthem at the offertory, and a motet at communion music. These regular parts of the service are often augmented by special music on solemn feast days and other variations in the music reflect changes in the services as we move through the liturgical Kalendar. Schola Adventus sings the propers of the mass, an anthem at the Offertory and a motet at Communion. The congregation and choir sing hymns from the Hymnal 1982, and the ordinary of the mass to settings which change with the liturgical seasons. The hymns and organ music reflect the highest standards of liturgical art. The choir sing from the west-end gallery of the church and this position allows a remarkable musical presence in the pew while not distracting the liturgy. At High Mass on Sunday mornings and mid-week Masses for Feast Days, we offer to God the best we can.
Schola Adventus is the professional choir at Church of the Advent of Christ the King. They have quickly established a reputation as one of the Bay Area’s premier a cappella choral ensembles, specializing in Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony through to premiers of commissioned works by composers of today. The choir's extensive repertoire includes Gregorian chant as well as the works of composers from all eras of the Western Church. These include Josquin, Tallis, Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria, Byrd, Victoria, Mozart, Rheinberger, Stanford, Howells, Poulenc, Messiaen and Pärt. They have given world premieres of works by Thomas Bold, David Conte (commissioned for Paul Ellison's 15th anniversary at the church), Paul M. Ellison, Joshua Fishbein, Joel Morris and Vasken Ohanian, and several US premiers of music ranging from Renaissance polyphony to twentieth century pieces. Church of the Advent of Christ the King is one of the few places in the greater Bay Area where music of this quality can regularly be heard as an integral part of the traditional western liturgy for which it was composed. This is “Music in the Context for which it was Written.” The choir toured southern England in December 2005. They sang Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and performed a concert as part of the prestigious Hazard Chase Christmas Festival at St. John's, Smith Square. In 2006, they released their first CD, Palestrina for Eight Voices, which features the only recording of his great Missa Confitebor Tibi Domine. They have also sung at Grace Cathedral several times over the years.
A Prayer for Church Musicians and Artists
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven; Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.