Great Music at St. James

Welcome to Great Music at Saint James'.

INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES

For the past seventeen years we have been honored to host many of the most distinguished organists from throughout the world. This season we welcome Jean-Baptiste Robin (France), Szmon Grab (Poland), Paolo Bordignon (Canada) and American organists Jonathan Ryan, Peter DuBois, Renée-Anne Louprette and The Gough Duo.

We invite you to experience great organ music played on the David John Falconer Memorial Organ (originally built in 1911 by Murray M. Harris). Comprising over 5,000 pipes in total, the organ is an important part of Los Angeles musical history and takes its place among the country's most important and magnificent instruments.

These recitals are offered as a gift to the community free of charge, and we are grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation and our Friends of Great Music for their continuing support.

BRITTEN 100/LA

We are excited to partner with the Los Angeles Opera's year-long observance of the centenary of England's most important 20th century composer, Benjamin Britten. On the actual day of Britten's 100th birthday - 22 November 2013, the Choir of Saint James' will perform alongside UCLA's Camarades String Ensemble in Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30, 1943), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Op. 31, 1943) and Cantata Misericordium (Op. 69, 1963), conducted by LA Opera's Maestro James Conlon.
This concert is now sold out.

CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, OXFORD

Christ Church Cathedral Choir is 500 years old, yet is justly famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. Unique in the world as both Cathedral and College Choir, the intimate acoustic of its musical home has given it a relationship with early sacred music and the rhythm and vigor of contemporary idioms which is second to none. The 12 men and 16 boys of the Choir will perform a concert representing music from their vast repertoire and award-winning discography.
Requested donation: $40-front section; $25-general.

SOLEMN EVENSONG

The Choir of Saint James' has distinguished itself as the first American Choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London. Since then, they have served three times as Choir-in-Residence at the Abbey, as well as services at Christ Church Oxford, Wells Cathedral, St. George's Chapel Windsor, and Canterbury Cathedral. They are pleased to offer the Los Angeles community the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month, October through May.
Freewill offering.


SILENCE AND MUSIC - COMPLINE

Drawn from the most contemplative of the monastic offices begun in the middle ages, this candle-lit choral service offers music from Gregorian Chant and early polyphony to the contemporary music of modern mystics. An offering of thanksgiving and a plea for peace, the male voices of the Schola Cantorum of Saint James' presents three Compline services this season: on the fourth Sundays of October, February and May. Freewill offering.

ADVENT PROCESSION OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King's College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James' offers this service in anticipation of Christmas on 8 December 2013 (in place of Evensong).
Freewill offering.



CALENDAR




Sunday 13 October 2013

4:30pm
SOLEMN EVENSONG
Choir of Saint James'
Music to be sung includes: "Preces and Responses" by Richard Ayleward, "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" by Anthony Piccolo, "Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis" by Bryan Kelly, "Ave Maria" by Clemens non Papa.

6:00pm
INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
Jean-Baptiste Robin

Jean-Baptiste Robin is one of the most prominent French organists and composers of his generation. He is Organist at the Royal Chapel in the Palace of Versailles and Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional in Versailles.

He studied at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris where he was awarded seven « Premier Prix » (organ, harmony, counterpoint, 16th century composition, 20th century composition, orchestration and Basso continuo) and he also studied composition in the class of George Benjamin at King's College, London. He studied organ with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard and Louis Robilliard.

At age 23, Jean-Baptiste Robin was appointed to the prestigious post of organist of the Cathedral of St Peter in Poitiers (historic Francois-Henri Clicquot organ built in 1791). In 2010 he was appointed organist at the Royal Chapel in the Palace of Versailles where he succeeds great musicians of the past: Francois Couperin, Louis Marchand, Louis-Claude Daquin and Claude Balbastre.

As a performer he has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, North Africa, Canada and in more than twenty states in North America where he also appeared before the 2010 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. In Europe he has performed in some fifteen countries including the most celebrated international organ festivals including Haarlem, Monaco, le Paris-des-Orgues, Toulouse-les-orgues, and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

He has given master classes on French Organ music for the American Guild of Organists and Universities in Washington, Cincinnati, Seattle and Minneapolis, the International Summer Academy in Haarlem (Holland), the Sapporo Organ Academy (Japan), the Korean Guild of Organists in Seoul, the Hochschule of Tuebingen and Rottenburg (Germany), and each year at the Poitiers Summer Academy (France).

His recordings include the complete works of Jehan Alain (Brillant Classics), Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Marchand (Triton), Francois Couperin and his own works (Naxos). They have been hailed by the critics and awarded highest distinctions in France (Golden Diapason of the Year, Choc by the Monde de la Musique, Recommande by Classica and Repertoire) and in USA (Dallas Morning News, The American Organist).

As a composer, Jean-Baptiste Robin is the author of thirty works ranging from solo instrument to full orchestra. He is winner of the Lagardere Foundation, and the Academy of Fine Arts and George Price Enesco from SACEM. His works respond to many commissions including the Ensemble Intercontemporain for his work Distances, the Orchestre National de Radio France for Crop Circles, the London Philharmonia Orchestra for Reflected Faces. They have been performed by many conductors including Pierre Boulez for his 85th birthday. His organ works are performed all around the world and are published by Gerard Billaudot Editeur.

In 2013 a new CD release will appear: a Portrait of the EM Skinner organ at the Museum Center in Cincinnati, including Robin's own transcriptions of works by Debussy, Bartok, Barber, Albeniz and Malher. He has recently composed and performed a Concerto for Organ, String Orchestra and timpani entitled Mecanic Fantasy.

Music to played includes: Overture and Les Sauvages from Les Indes Galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau; Entr'Acte from Carmen (transcribed by J. B. Robin) by George Bizet; Allegro from Symphonie No.6, op. 42 in G minor by Charles-Marie Widor; Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (transcribed by J. B. Robin) by Claude Debussy; Second Sketch in B flat minor by Marcel Dupré; Six Romanian Folk Dances Sz 68 (arr. J. B. Robin) by Béla Bartók; and Cinq Versets sur le "Veni Creator" by Jean-Baptiste Robin

Sunday 27 October 2013

7:30pm
COMPLINE
Schola Cantorum of Saint James'

A quiet, candle-lit church with the fragrance of incense mingling with the uplifting strains of chant: a spiritual oasis in the heart of Los Angeles - this is the setting for Compline. As you enter the darkened church, you are welcome to sit or recline anywhere in the building as the male voices of the Schola Cantorum sing ancient melodies and mystical hymns to refresh your spirit. Please come as you are! A cushion or pillow may be desirable.


Sunday 10 November 2013

4:30pm
SOLEMN EVENSONG
Choir of Saint James'

6:00pm
INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
Szymon Grab

Szymon Grab was born in 1980 in Wroclaw, Poland. At the age of six, he took his first piano and solfege lessons from his father, an organist at a parish church in Legnica. Later, he attended the Karol Kurpinski State Music High School in Legnica, first studying piano. At the age of 13, he began to study organ with Ryszard Rydz, a well-known local organist. Between the years 1995 and 1997 he was a two-time recipient of the Ministry of Culture Scholarship Award, and also received the Artistic Award of the City of Legnica. In 1999 he graduated from the Music High School with a diploma in solo organ performance and moved to Warsaw to study at the Chopin Academy of Music with Professor Andrzej Chorosinski. That same year, at the age of nineteen, he made his official debut at the International Organ Festival in Klodzko.

Mr. Grab attended master classes given by the most prominent European organists and participated in numerous international organ festivals, including Goerlitzer Orgelzyklus, the International Organ Festival in Klodzko, and the Conversatorium Organowe in Legnica. He was a finalist at the 2002 Nijmegen International Organ Competition in the Netherlands, and at the 2003 Anton Heiller International Organ Competition in Italy. In April 2010 he received 2nd prize at the National Organ Competition in San Marino, California.

In 2004 Szymon Grab graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since January 2008 he has been a doctoral student of Professor Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, where he has received numerous scholarship awards. He was recently awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Southern California.

Dr. Grab currently serves as the Associate Organist-Choirmaster at All Saints Church, Pasadena.


Friday 22 November 2013

8:30pm
BRITTEN 100/LA

In observance of the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten, England's most celebrated 20th century composer, the Choir of Saint James' joins the UCLA Camarades String Ensemble under the guest direction of Maestro James Conlon, Musical Director of the Los Angeles Opera. The concert program includes three major works by Britten.

Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30, 1943), is a cantata for four soloists, SATB choir and organ, on the poem Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart (1722-1771). The poem, written while Smart was in an insane asylum, is a strange and ecstatic work celebrating the worship of God by all created beings. Commissioned by the Rev. Canon Walter Hussey, it was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the consecration of St. Matthew's Church, Northampton, and has since become a staple of the choral repertoire.

Serenade for Tenor , Horn and Strings (Op. 31, 1943) is a song cycle of six poems by British poets on the subject of night. Composed during World War II at the request of the horn player Dennis Brain, it is scored for tenor soloist accompanied by a solo horn (employing only the horn's natural harmonics) and string orchestra. The piece has become an essential work in the repertory of both singers and horn players.

Cantata Misericordium (Op. 69, 1963) was composed for (and received its premiere) at the solemn ceremony on the Commemoration Day of the Centenary of the Red Cross, Geneva, 1 September 1963. That performance included Britten's life-long companion Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and the choir "Le motet de Geneve" with the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Ernest Ansermet. It is written on a text by Patrick Wilkinson, and is a Latin version of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30). In addition to the tenor and baritone soloists and choir, the score includes a string orchestra with piano, harp, timpani, as well as a string quartet. An emotionally intense work written soon after the composer completed his towering War Requiem, it represents for many critics a kind of epilogue to that masterpiece.

We are very sorry, but this concert is now sold out. No further tickets are available.


Sunday 8 December 2013

4:30pm
AN ADVENT PROCESSION OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Choir of Saint James'

The Choir of Saint James' sings Advent carols and music from Gregorian Chant to the present day. Join us for this annual tradition in the style of King's College, Cambridge. Freewill offering.


CHRISTMAS AT SAINT JAMES'

You are invited to join us for a festive Christmas celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the Choir of Saint James' and instrumentalists at 10:30pm, 24 December, or with a quiet service of Gregorian Chant at 10:30am on Christmas Day, 25 December.


Sunday 12 January 2014

4:30pm
SOLEMN EVENSONG
Choir of Saint James'

6:00pm
INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
Jonathan Ryan

Acclaimed for his strong communicative skills in numerous styles, exceptional use of the organ's capabilities, and bold programming,Jonathan Ryan has quickly emerged as one of North America's premier young concert artists. With a repertoire spanning the 16th to 21st centuries, he has performed at celebrated venues throughout the United States, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Among the few organists distinguished with six First Prize awards at major international and national competitions, he most notably received First Prize in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition. Founded in 2001, the American-based Jordan Competition is one of the premier organ competitions of the world and offers one of the most substantial First Prize awards of any organ competition. At the 2009 Jordan Competition, Jonathan was additionally awarded the LeTourneau Prize, given for the best performance of a newly commissioned work for organ and percussion ensemble. Additional testaments of his capability include First Prize in the 2006 Arthur Poister National Organ Competition, the 2006 John Rodland Scholarship Competition, the 2004 Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition (Young Professional Division), and the 2003 Augustana Arts-Reuter National Organ Competition.

As a recitalist, Jonathan's performances have taken him to numerous prominent venues including the Cathedrale St-Andre in Bordeaux (France), the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig (Germany), the Marienkirche in Luebeck (Germany), St. Paul's Cathedral, London (UK), Truro Cathedral (UK), the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. He has additionally been featured as a solo recitalist in the opening recital of the 2012 Organ Historical Society National Convention in Chicago, IL and at the 2010 Organ Historical Society National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. Upcoming and recent solo performance engagements include his debut concert tour of Germany with nine recitals at important venues, a celebrity recital at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Great Torrington (UK), recitals on the Piccolo Spoleto Festival's prestigious Spotlight Series (Charleston, SC), the inaugural concert series at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, CA and the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, LA, the inaugural recital at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, NC, the opening recital of a new Symposium on Charles Tournemire (Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, FL), a recital at the 2012 Eccles Organ Festival (Salt Lake City, UT), recitals at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, TX, Church of the Holy Family in New York, NY, Church of the Epiphany in Miami, FL, St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dallas, TX, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, WI, the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD, and recitals sponsored by chapters of the American Guild of Organists in Cleveland, OH, Kansas City, MO, Charlotte, NC, Little Rock, AR, and Cimarron, OK.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Jonathan first started playing the organ at age eight. He studied organ primarily with Andre Lash before entering the studio of Joyce Jones at Baylor University. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied organ, improvisation, and church music with Todd Wilson. During Jonathan's undergraduate studies in Cleveland, he was awarded the Henry Fusner Prize for outstanding achievement in the Cleveland Institute of Music's organ department, and also served as Prof. Wilson's assistant at Church of the Covenant. As a student of David Higgs, he received a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied improvisation with William Porter. Additionally, Jonathan holds the revered Fellow certificate from the American Guild of Organists, the Guild's highest ranking professional certification, as well as the Choirmaster certificate for which he received the 2006 Choirmaster Prize for the highest national Choirmaster certificate exam score that year.

Also a conductor and dedicated church musician, Jonathan is Organist/Choirmaster at St. Mary's Church in Nutley, NJ where he leads a growing music program including the St. Mary's Schola Cantorum, the church's resident professional ensemble, parish choirs, and a choral scholar program. Additionally, he is Visiting Artist at St. James Cathedral Concerts in Chicago, IL, where he regularly appears both as a collaborative and solo performer. His solo organ accompaniment transcription of the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, performed live in concert with the St. James Cathedral Choir (Bruce Barber, conductor), was showcased on the Friday night "Music in Chicago" program of Chicago's Classical Music Station, WFMT. Equally passionate about education, Jonathan serves as faculty and principal organist of the Church Music Association of America and their annual summer Colloquiums. He has previously held director, conducting and organist positions at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, IL and St. Anne Church in Rochester, NY where he was Artistic Director of the Music at St. Anne concert series and University Organist at the University of Rochester. An advocate of new music, he has conducted and performed the premiere of many liturgical and solo works.

This recital will include works by Healy Willan, Bach, Marcel Dupré, Antonio Vivaldi, Herbert Howells, Leo Sowerby and others.


Sunday 9 February 2014

4:30pm
SOLEMN EVENSONG
Choir of Saint James'

6:00pm
INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
Peter Dubois

Peter DuBois serves as Director of Music/Organist at Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York, a position he has held since September 1991. He oversees a large and active music and arts ministry there. He is also Director of the Sacred Music Diploma program at the Eastman School of Music.

In July 2009, Peter DuBois became host of the long-running public radio program, "With Heart and Voice," stepping in for show creator and long-time host Richard Gladwell on his illness and death. "With Heart and Voice" is a program of sacred choral and organ music produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, and is syndicated nationally to over 125 stations in 36 states.

Critically acclaimed as a "world class talent," Mr. DuBois is in frequent demand as a recitalist around the United States and abroad. He has performed throughout much of the United States, and in Europe he has performed recitals in recent seasons at St. Paul's Cathedral in London; the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris; the Basilica of Ste. Clotilde in Paris and the Cathedrale du Saint-Saveur in Aix-en-Provence. In addition, he has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; at the Washington National Cathedral; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; and in master classes with Arthur Poister, Gillian Weir, Naji Hakim and Marie-Louise Langlais.

He was Second Place Winner in the 1988 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists in conjunction with their National Convention in Houston, Texas, and was First Place Winner in the 1987 Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition of the AGO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mr. DuBois holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of renowned artist-teacher David Craighead. He received the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, having studied there with Robert Glasgow. Former teachers also include David Mulbury, Clyde English and Marie Boette. He completed a month of study in Paris in January 2002 while on sabbatical, studying improvisation with Philippe Lefebvre, and repertoire with Marie-Claire Alain and Marie-Louise Langlais.

Mr. DuBois has performed both standard and contemporary organ concertos with several orchestras, including a performance of the Poulenc Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings and Timpani with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and performances of Stephen Paulus' 1992 Concerto for Organ, Timpani, Percussion and Strings and the Poulenc Concerto with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He has led the Chancel Choir of Third Church on two very successful international tours, beginning with a trip in 2001 that included spending a week as Choir-in-Residence at Rochester Cathedral (Kent, UK), and performing as well at Coventry and Salisbury Cathedrals. They returned to the UK in the summer of 2005 for a week as Choir-in-Residence at London's landmark St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as performing concerts in Ely and Edinburgh, and a private workshop with noted composer Andrew Carter.

Mr. DuBois made his New York City debut as a collaborative pianist, accompanying baritone Derrick Smith and trumpeter Herbert Smith in recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in December 2006.

Active not only as a recitalist and church musician, he is also an organ clinician for various groups. He has presented workshops and masterclasses for numerous AGO chapters, and has been organ clinician for summer conferences of the National Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians in Green Lake, Wisconsin, and of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship, Music and the Other Arts. He participated as a presenter at the 15th AGO National Conference on Organ Pedagogy: Teaching Church Music in North America, held at Yale University (2009), and served as a judge for the final round of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Performance Competition (2011).

Mr. DuBois has been active in the American Guild of Organists, serving as General Chairman for the 1985 Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention held in Charleston, WV, and is a Past Dean of the Kanawha and Rochester chapters of the AGO. He and his wife have two grown children, and live in Rochester.


This recital will include "Suite, Op. 5" by Maurice Duruflé, and works by Flor Peeters, Felix Mendelssohn, Bach, and Robert Schumann.

 

Sunday 23 February 2014

7:30pm
COMPLINE
Schola Cantorum of Saint James'



Sunday 9 March 2014

4:30pm
SOLEMN EVENSONG
Choir of Saint James'

6:00pm
INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
Paolo Bordignon

Paolo Bordignon's diverse engagements have included recitals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Eustache in Paris, a performance for New York Fashion Week, and conducting appearances on NBC's Today.

He serves as harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic, was a featured soloist at the opening of Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova Copenhagen, as well as a Juilliard Gala performance with Renee Fleming and Wynton Marsalis.

He has collaborated with Elliott Carter, Midori, David Roberston and Bobby McFerrin, and has appeared on NPR, CNN, the CBC, and on Korean and Japanese national television. He is harpsichordist to Jackson Hole's Grand Teton Music Festival and has participated at festivals in Bruges, Zuerich, Bridgehampton, and Aspen.

Dr. Bordignon earned degrees from the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and received early musical training at Toronto's St. Michael's Choir School.

He is currently Associate Director of Music at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City where he directs the Boy & Girl Choristers and regularly performs on the church's famous Aeolian-Skinner organ, the largest pipe organ in New York City and one of the largest in the world.



Sunday 30 March 2014

4:30pm
CHORAL CONCERT
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford was founded nearly 500 years ago and has a special and distinctive place within the great English choral tradition. Historically it is set apart from all other collegiate and cathedral choirs since it serves both an Oxford college and a diocese at once, as a unique and celebrated dual foundation. Musically it has become revered for the vibrancy of its collective sound and its artistic flexibility.

Under the direction of Stephen Darlington, the choir's tonal quality has been praised and admired throughout the world from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, from Tokyo to New York, from Helsinki to Paris. Over the years the choir has provided a perfect platform for singers to progress to other award-winning choral groups such as the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, King's Singers, Tallis Scholars and Cardinall's Musick as well as to solo careers in oratorio, opera and musical theatre.

Director of Music, Stephen Darlington, also engages the choir in challenging collaborative initiatives in the UK and internationally. On recent tours, in addition to performing its own programs, the choir has worked intensively alongside local community choirs in Portugal, Jamaica, Bermuda and the USA, culminating in successful and memorable joint concerts. In 2008 the choir opened the Leipzig Bach Festival. In 2010, the choir performed Haydn's Creation in Germany with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2011 it undertook a sell-out tour to the USA and Canada. Concerts were broadcast by seventeen radio stations across the USA. In 2012 the choir undertook its first tour to China, giving the opening concert in the prestigious annual choral festival in the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. As well as tours further afield, the choir gives concerts throughout the year around the UK. It has worked with a large number of orchestras including several performances with Oxford Philomusica.

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral also boasts a lasting legacy of ground-breaking recordings which have excited the critics and the listening public over the last thirty years. Amongst many awards for its recordings under Stephen Darlington's direction, the choir secured a Grammy nomination for An Oxford Elegy by Vaughan Williams and, more recently, More Divine than Human: Music from The Eton Choirbook (Avie) was voted CD of the year and nominated for a 2010 Gramophone Award, and Howard Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem with London Musici (EMI Classics) won a Classical Brit Award. The Treasures of Christ Church (Avie) was the highest new entry in the classical CD charts, as well as being Radio 3 CD of the week. The choir's latest recordings, Mendelssohn's arrangement of Handel's Acis and Galatea (Nimbus), and a second volume of music from the Eton Choirbook, Choirs of Angels (Avie), have been released to critical acclaim and the latter has recently been featured on Radio 3's The Choir and CD Review.

The astonishing versatility of this choir has given them a strong media profile, featuring in more than fifteen documentaries in the last ten years including Howard Goodall's BAFTA winning Big Bangs. The Cathedral continues frequent radio broadcasting of Evensong and other key concerts and services. And of course, the choir is heard regularly singing the Mr. Bean and Vicar of Dibley theme tunes on TV, in addition to other incidental music for TV dramas and films.

This program will last approximately 75-90 minutes with a short interval. Music will include "Mass in G Minor" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and works by Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, C. Hubert Parry, William Walton and Michael Tippett.

Requested Donation $40 (front section - limited availability), $25 (general section), $15 (groups of 5 or more). Pre-concert sales or reservations are no longer available. Tickets ARE AVAILABLE at the door prior to the concert beginning at 3:45 PM.

Sunday 13 April 2014

4:30pm
SOLEMN EVENSONG
Choir of Saint James'

6:00pm
INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
The Gough Duo
(This concert replaces an earlier scheduled recital by Paul Meier, which will be re-scheduled at a later date.)

The Gough Duo was formed in 1997 and is the only regular violin and organ duo to tour internationally. Comprised of husband and wife, Rupert and Rachel Gough, the Duo has appeared in various European festivals and toured the US many times from New York to Dallas and Florida to Alaska. Recently the have performed to vast audiences in the major concert halls of Moscow and Hong Kong. In the United Kingdom, the Duo enjoys the challenge of performing in a variety of venues, from soirées using house or box organs to the grand venues of Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, London and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. The Duo has a number of commercial recordings available performing music by Karg-Elert and Rheinberger. They are committed to promoting new music and have had many pieces composed for them, including a Sonata by American composer Carson Cooman that they have recorded for Naxos. During 2013 they gave the premiere of a major new work by David Bednall in the church of La Madeleine, Paris.

Rachel Gough attended the University of East Anglia, where she graduated with First Class Honours in Music under scholarship study with Hugh Maguire. She then studied under scholarship with Frances Mason at the Royal College of Music. She regularly performs and records as a chamber and solo violinist throughout the West of England.

Rupert Gough leads a busy career as both a conductor and organ recitalist combining his role as Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, with numerous concert engagements. The Choir of the Royal Holloway is regarded as one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in the UK and records with the Hyperion label. (This choir was featured on Saint James' Church's Great Music series in April of 2011). Rupert is a prize winner at the 2001 St. Alban's International Organ Competition and was recently featured in the Hong Kong Arts Festival with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to this, Rupert was Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral for 11 years.

This concert will feature the Duo's own arrangement of Vaughan Williams's "The Lark Ascending" as well as the music of Rachmaninov, Josef Rheinberger, Bach and Jean Langlais.



Sunday 11 May 2014

4:30pm
SOLEMN EVENSONG
Choir of Saint James'

6:00pm
INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
Renée Anne Louprette

Hailed by The New York Times as "a technically nimble and dynamic organist," Renée Anne Louprette has established a formidable international career as organ recitalist, accompanist and conductor. Ms. Louprette was appointed Organist and Associate Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street in New York City in June 2011 where she collaborates with Dr. Julian Wachner, Director of Music and the Arts, as primary accompanist, Associate Conductor of the renowned Trinity Choir, and Director of the Family Choir. From 2005 to 2011, she served as Associate Director of Music at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York where she was a featured recitalist, continuo player, accompanist and conductor on the prominent Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series, as well as director of the N.P. Mander Organ recital series.

Since 2007, she has been a member of the faculty of the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey as Adjunct Professor of Organ. There she has overseen the development of the organ class on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has established a new organ recital and masterclass series recently featuring internationally acclaimed artists Olivier Latry, David Briggs, Dame Gillian Weir, Stephen Tharp and James David Christie. In April 2010, she led an educational tour of historic organs in the south of France for the European Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in collaboration with the organ department of Montclair State University.

Renée Anne Louprette has presented recitals at the festivals of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland; Magadino, Switzerland; In Tempore Organi, Italy; Ghent and Hasselt, Belgium; Toulouse Les Orgues, France, and ORGANIX, Toronto, Canada. She appeared as organ soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia in a performance of Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony broadcast internationally on ABC radio. She has been featured at several Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the 2010 National Convention in Washington, D.C., and will perform at the upcoming National Convention in Boston in 2014 premiering a new work by Dr. Pamela Decker. She has performed recitals throughout the UK and Ireland including at Westminster Abbey and the Temple Church in London, St. Giles Cathedral Edinburgh and Dunblane Cathedral, Scotland, and Galway Cathedral, Ireland. Her recording of the Great Eighteen Leipzig Chorales of J. S. Bach on the Metzler Organ in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, England will be released in 2014. She also commissioned a new organ piece from David Briggs, Mannahatta, which she premiered at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York in 2011.

Ms. Louprette has collaborated with a number of acclaimed New York City ensembles including the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Clarion Music Society, American Symphony Orchestra, the Dessoff Choirs, New York Choral Society, Gotham City Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Cantori New York, Orchestra of Our Time and Piffaro, appearing in Carnegie, Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls and the Miller Theatre of Columbia University.

Renée Anne Louprette holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in piano performance and a Graduate Professional Diploma in organ performance from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, where she began organ studies in 1993 with Larry Allen. In 2003, she earned a Premier Prix - mention très bien from the Conservatoire National de Région de Toulouse, France and a Diplôme Supérieur in organ performance in 2005 from the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Toulouse, where she specialized in interpretation with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen and improvisation with Philippe Lefebvre. She completed additional studies with Dame Gillian Weir in London, with James David Christie, and with Guy Bovet at the Academy of Romainmôtier, Switzerland.



Sunday 25 May 2014

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