Music at Church of the Advent

Music at Church of the Advent
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2016-17 THIRD SUNDAY SERIES CONCERTS &

SCHOLA ADVENTUS EVENTS

Here is the full schedule for the 2016-17 Season

All Concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 4pm.

Our Next Concerts:                                                                                                                         
5/21  Agave Baroque

The Fantastical Mr. Biber: the experimental harmonies, virtuosity, and modernism of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn, violin and scordatura violin
William Skeen, viola da gamba
Henry Lebedinsky, organ
Kevin Cooper, theorbo and baroque guitar
 
Agave Baroque brings their "brilliantly virtuosic... shining... profound playing" (-Early Music America) to the works of the 17th century superstar violinist Heinrich Biber.  Biber invented numerous new tunings (scordatura) for his violin, to achieve extended techniques, special tone colors, and "artificial harmonies."  Agave will explore his groundbreaking 1696 collection Harmonia artificioso-ariosa, where he assigns two parts to each violin, for an unusual five-part trio texture!  Biber blended the sacred and secular musical styles with the flowing, free-form stylus fantasticus ("the fantastical style") to create a completely new musical "modernism" that captures the essence of the late 17th century violin virtuoso.  The program also includes works by David Pohle, Jakob Kremberg, and Georg Reutter der Ältere.
Program
Mensa Sonora Pars VI in G minor.......... Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonata a 3 in G, G. 29....................................................David Pohle
Drei Stucke for guitar and continuo..........................Jakob Kremberg
Sonata a 4 in C, G. 30.....................................................David Pohle
"The Visitation" from Rosary Sonatas........................................Biber
Toccata for organ........................................Georg Reutter der Ältere
Harmonia artificioso-ariosa Partia III..........................................Biber
Sonata (1681) No. 4 C.141.........................................................Biber
Harmonia artificioso-ariosa Partia I............................................Biber

 

6/18  Lauren Carley

 

Bookings are now being accepted for the 2017-18 Season. Please email music@advent-sf.org if you are interested in being considered.

 

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 OrbThe 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

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.

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Dr Paul Ellison
Director of Music
music@advent-sf.org
415.431.0454 (Mailbox #2)
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Jennifer Ashworth
Soprano
ashworthj@gmail.com

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Jonathon Hampton
Tenor


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Lauren Carley
Contralto
lacarley@gmail.com

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David Alban
Alto/Tenor
david.adventsf@gmail.com

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James Monios
Bass
jnmonios@aol.com

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