Sing for Joy: Benefit Concert - for the U.S. Disaster Program through Episcopal Relief and Development
Friday, February 28, 2020 8:00 P.M.
Inspired by a desire to help those in our nation affected by natural disasters, especially our southern neighbors in Puerto Rico, we offer songs of joy, love, inspiration, and affirmation in hopes to raise funds to be sent directly to where they are needed most. Come hear a diverse palate of showtunes, American songbook standards, and instrumental selections and donate to a great cause.
Admission to the concert is by donation of any size (suggested minimum is $10 per person) and 100% of funds raised go directly to the U.S. Disaster Program through Episcopal Relief and Development. Accepting cash or checks made out to “Episcopal Relief and Development” with the memo: “U.S. Disaster Program.”
Featuring a talented roster of performers: Hector & Zeek Smith, Adina & David Diehl, Alex Furlong, Alicia Day Baker, David Medina, the string ensemble Good Pluck Trio (Joseph Henderson, Alex Downs, and Millie Hudson), and more!
SPECIAL RAFFLE! A set of 4 Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens tickets (a $100 value) will be raffled off during the event. Every person who makes a $10 admission donation will be automatically entered, and additional tickets are available for $10 each!
Good Shepherd Sunday Evensong
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 6:00 P.M.
Since the late middle ages "evensong" has been the popular name for vespers (from the Latin vesperis, "evening"), the Evening Office of the western church. Cranmer used it in the 1549 BCP. Although in 1552 he replaced it with "Evening Prayer," the common name remains "evensong." In many Anglican cathedrals and other large churches, especially in England, evensong is sung by clergy and choir as a choral liturgy. ("An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church," Armentrout and Slocum)
The San Jose Episcopal Chancel Choir will sing their first evensong under the direction of Zeek Smith. This service will feature the music of Howard Goodall, Mark Schweizer, Rachel Aarons, Edward C. Bairstow, Richard Shephard, and others. This prayer service is open to the public and will be followed by a reception. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the music ministry.
Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens.
More information to follow!
Oratorio de Noël was written in 1860 for five vocal soloists, mixed choir, strings, organ and harp. The San Jose Episcopal performance will feature the San Jose Episcopal Chancel Choir, a guest organist, guest soloists and a string quintet. This “Christmas Oratorio” is based on texts from throughout the Bible, as well as the Catholic Christmas liturgy, and is one of the French composer's most performed works.
This is the second time our program has performed this work, and we are pleased to offer the community a unique way to usher in the Christmas season with the whole family. We are honored to include talented guest instrumentalists and singers that allow us to closely replicate how this work would have been performed originally. The performance is free and open to the public. An offering will be taken, which will benefit the music ministry.