CHORAL EVENSONG FOR PENTECOST and reception

May 20, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

CHORAL EVENSONG FOR PENTECOST Sunday, May 20, 4 p.m. Join us for the final Evensong of the season as we celebrate the third great festival of the Church Year. The musical highlights:   Evening Canticles (St. Paul's Cathedral) - Herbert Howells Loquebantur variis linguis - Thomas Tallis Preces & Responses - Richard Shephard Hymn to the Eternal Flame - Stephen Paulus   The Howells canticles are considered one of Howells' three greatest sets (of some 20 he composed). Tallis' motet -- "The apostles spoke in many tongues" -- is in 7 voice-parts and dates from Tallis' early period, before the Reformation, when he composed a number of pieces based on Sarum plainsong. In this "respond" or responsory, sung during Matins, the tenors (the only voice-part that isn't divided in two) intone the chant incipit and then sing the origin chant in long notes as the other six voice parts weave a tapestry of sound. A bit of bare plainchant follows, then the motet picks up from the half-way point. The Gloria patri is chanted before a final singing of the choral alleluias that conclude the motet.  A lovely reception hosted by Joan and Jodi Scherer will follow the service.