Choral Evensong

Services of Choral Evensong are held at 5:00 PM and are by the Christ Church Choir and Clergy.  A 30-minute Organ Prelude precedes each service of Evensong, beginning at 4:30 PM and features organists from surrounding communities.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 (The Fifth Sunday of Easter)

Bruce Neswick, guest conductor
Trinity Cathedral, Portland, Oregon

Service of Easter Lessons & Carols, 5:00 PM
An Easter Carillon, Beck
Quia vidisti me, Thoma, Marenzio
Surrexit pastor bonus, Victoria
He is the Way, Proulx
This is My Commandment, Beaudrot
And I Saw a New Heaven, Bainton
Sing Ye to the Lord, Bairstow

This service brings together many traditional elements of Christian worship in celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. Through readings, carols, and congregational hymns, the service recalls the prophecies and events leading up to and following Jesus' resurrection and concludes by looking forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Bruce Neswick enjoys unabated popularity and is in tremendous demand throughout the country as organist, improviser, choral conductor, clinician, composer, and hymn festival creator and leader. He is a musician whose playing vibrates with energy, is full of radiant color, and always expertly crafted. Mr. Neswick is the Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Portland, Oregon.


Sunday, May 13, 2018 (The Seventh Sunday of Easter): Mother's Day Weekend

Organ Prelude, 4:30 PM
David Schelat, organist
First & Central Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware

Choral Evensong, 5:00 PM
Phos hilaron, Schelat
Responses, Jackson
Evening Canticles in A, Sumsion
As Truly as God is Our Father, Mathias

David Schelat is Director of Music at First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware and is president and artistic director of Market Street Music (MSM), a non-profit corporation that creates musical experiences for audiences and musicians in the Delaware Valley. He is a frequent organ recitalist in the United States, and has been heard on the nationally syndicated program on National Public Media, "Pipedreams." He has performed as organist, conductor, or composer for five regional conventions of the AGO, as well as for conferences of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, Organ Historical Society, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Sunday, June 3, 2018 (The Second Sunday of Pentecost)

Organ Prelude, 4:30 PM
Louis Perazza, organist
Saint Anthony Parish, Wilmington, Delaware

Choral Evensong, 5:00 PM
O Gladsome Light, Weidner
Responses, Hancock
St. Paul's Service, Howells
Abendlied, Rheinberger

Louis Lawrence Perazza is currently organist and music director of Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Wilmington, Delaware. Louis holds degrees from Temple University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Mr. Perazza has accepted invitations to play recitals at a number of cathedrals and churches here in the United States and in Paris, France. In addition to playing the organ, Louis is also a professional flutist.