Organ Recital - Sunday, February 11, 3:00 PM

Stephen Tharp, organist

Stephen Tharp is recognized as one of the great concert organists of our age. Having played more than 1400 concerts across 50 tours worldwide, Stephen Tharp has built one of the most well-respected international careers in the world, earning him the reputation as the most traveled concert organist of his generation. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World, and has been given the 2011 International Performer of the Year Award by the New York City chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In May 2015, he was given the Paul Creston Award which recognizes artistic excellence by a significant figure in church music and the performing arts. He is also an active chamber musician nationwide, having performed on organ, piano and harpsichord with artists such as Thomas Hampson, Itzhak Perlman, Jennifer Larmore, Rachel Barton Pine, the American Boychoir (James Litton, conductor), the St. Thomas Choir (John Scott, conductor, in Duruflé’s Requiem), and at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. His 15 solo organ recordings can be found on the labels Acis Productions, JAV Recordings, Aeolus, Naxos, Organum and Ethereal, and are available from the Organ Historical Society (, JAV Recordings ( and Amazon ( Stephen’s program, his first in Deleware in almost 20 years, will include music by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Bölm, Mendelssohn and Pärt.

A reception will be held in the rear of the church immediately following the recital.

Stephen Tharp is presented in this recital through co-sponsorship between The Concert Series at Christ Church Christiana Hundred and the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Suggested donation is $20/adult. No donation is requested for those under 18. Cash or check only at the door, please. In addition, you may donate online. 

Piffaro Band - Sunday, March 11, 3:00 PM

Back Before Bach

With his father, Johann Ambrosius Bach (d.1695), a Stadtpfeiffer in the German town band of Arnstadt, and with other notable wind players in his extended family, Johann Sebastian Bach was surely conversant with the sounds of shawms and sackbuts, dulcians and recorders, krumhorns and bapipes, trumpets and drums, as well as the vast repertoire played on them. Both the instruments and the music stood as formative precursors of his musical training and eventual compositional output. "Back before Bach" presents two centuries of wind band instruments and music, a continuum of compositional activity that led up to this composer’s innovative works, including ancient chants set to Renaissance polyphony by Heinrich Isaac, Heinrich Finck, and Stephan Maher, hymns by Martin Luther, Johann Walther, and Michael Praetorius, virtuosic instrumental displays on a popular tune by Jakob Obrecht, Antoine Brumel, and Ludwig Senfl, courageous ventures into chromaticism by Orlande de Lassus and Jakob Handl, as well as the popular dances of the day that underlie and inform all subsequent baroque music, and Johann Sebastian Bach himself, the quintessential "Lutheran" composer of his day.

Tickets are $29-$49 per person.

The Christ Church Choir - Sunday, March 25, 3:00 PM

A Palm Sunday Concert

Bruce J. Barber II, director

Stabat Mater, Pergolesi
Adoramus te, Christe, Monteverdi
Cantata 150: Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, J. S. Bach

The Christ Church Choir will be joined by a period instrument ensemble in this concert of music at the start of Holy Week. Pergolesi's stunning Stabat Mater, scored for women's voices and strings, strikingly depicts Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the foot of the cross at Jesus' crucifixion. Monteverdi's Adoramus te, Christe is an 8-part motet which proclaims with the Church of Good Friday that the Christ's death on the cross redeems the world. Bach’s moving Cantata 150 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul is mainly a presentation of Psalm 25; Christ himself called upon the psalms of David at the time of his crucifixion. Bach’s Cantata 150 ties us directly to the crucifixion while rooting us firmly in the resurrection.

Suggested donation is $20/adult. No donation is requested for those under 18. Cash or check only at the door, please. In addition, you may donate online.