Evensong with the Byrd Ensemble: November 23

On November 23, 2013, at 5:00 pm, come to Church of the Redeemer for choral evensong. This service starts the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the church year.

The choir this evening is the Byrd Ensemble, noted Seattle-area choir specializing in the performance of chamber vocal music.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6211 NE 182nd Street, Kenmore, Washington.

What is evensong?

The Church through history has had services set for specific times of the day. The first English Book of Common Prayer combined the two evening services into Daily Evening Prayer. Through custom, when singing Evening Prayer, the name became evensong. It is choral evensong when a choir sings settings of portions of this service.

Music for the eve of Christ the King

The Byrd Ensemble will sing these portions of the service:

  • Psalter

Psalm 145, setting by Peter Hallock, the founder of the Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle

Setting by Arvo Pärt

  • Anthem

E’en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, ” words adapted from Revelation 22 by Ruth Manz, music by Paul Manz

The Bryd Ensemble

The Byrd Ensemble is a Seattle-based vocal group specializing in the performance of chamber vocal music. Since 2003, the Ensemble has performed medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and modern music across the United States. The Byrd Ensemble is an Artist-in-Residence at Seattle’s first Episcopal Church, Trinity Parish. Markdavin Obenza leads the group’s creative efforts.

The Byrd Ensemble recorded the Magnificat used in this service at Church of the Redeemer earlier this year. Consisting entirely of the music of Arvo Pärt, this recording has these works on it:

  • Seven Magnificat Antiphons
  • I Am the True Vine
  • The Woman with the Alabaster Box
  • Tribute to Caesar
  • Berlin Mass
  • Magnificat

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Church of the Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal tradition. Art and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is in Kenmore, Washington, at 6211 NE 182nd Street. The campus is a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. Contact Redeemer at (425) 486-3777 or office@redeemer-kenmore.org. The website URL is redeemer-kenmore.org.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.