Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
Our conference hotel, the Sheraton City Centre Indianapolis is across the street from the Episcopal Christ Church Cathedral. The Cathedral and their staff are showing wonderful hospitality to our conference faculty and attendees: use of their choir room and church for rehearsals, hosting our organ breakout series. Their organist, the award-winning Simon Thomas Jacobs will present a recital on June 2nd. And as a special treat, their choir is performing a Choral Evensong for us on Monday evening, the opening day of the Colloquium.
The Evensong Service is the crown jewel of the Anglican musical tradition. The Book of Common Prayer combined the two canticles originally sung at Vespers and Compline, the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis, which are sung sequentially at Evensong. Other music includes sung preces (short petitions), an anthem, psalmody with antiphons, as well as an organ prelude and postlude.
Christ Church Cathedral has a well-known choral program including a choir of men and boys, a choir of girls, and a Spanish language choir. The principal choir has recorded and toured extensively, so hearing their music will be a delight.
The canticles on Monday, June 30th, were composed by Harold Friedell (1905-1958), best known as the director and organist and St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. The contemporary anthem “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” is by the British composer Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988). Here’s a performance of that work by the Leicestershire Chorale:
Choral Evensong is a great tradition among the cathedrals and large churches of England. The BBC has broadcast these live for years and now the programs are archived on their website. So you can find all varieties of music within the framework of this service.
And our thanks to Christ Church Cathedral for share their musical gifts with the CMAA Summer Colloquium.