Evening prayer and organ recital
Published 12:20 pm, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Music & Arts at Christ & Holy Trinity in Westport will continue its eleventh season with a Choral Evensong liturgy featuring music by living composers and an organ recital with more traditional offerings by Bach and Durufle. The organ soloist will be Dr. Michael Messina, Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, and the combined adult and high school choirs will sing the liturgy.
The free event will be presented at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, in the church at Myrtle Avenue and Church Lane in downtown Westport, and will be followed by a complimentary reception for concertgoers, choirs, and the recitalist.
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Messina has beendirector of music at Trinity since 1995 and also has 18 years experience serving Reform Jewish congregations. He holds doctoral and masters degrees and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from St. Olaf College. His choirs have made two trips to England, singing daily services at Winchester, Chichester, Bristol, and Durham cathedrals.
Evensong was first sung in Anglican churches in the 16th century, when it was formed as a combination of the offices of vespers and compline by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer. Music for the elements of the liturgy has been written by many well-known composers and continues to evolve with the living composers featured in the Westport Evensong. Along with music by John Graham, Richard Webster, and Richard Shephard, settings of the evening canticles written by Christ & Holy Trinity tenor section leader, Tytus Abrahamson, will be featured.
The season will continue with the slick London-based a cappella octet, Voces8, on Sunday, March 4. Founded by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey, Voces8 sings a repertoire ranging from 13th-century polyphony to jazz and popular songs. More information and tickets are available at www.chtwestport.org/tickets.