Coming Up: Sacred Music Series at Mamaroneck’s St. Thomas Church

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From St. Thomas Church, Mamaroneck:

In the warm ambiance and crystalline acoustic of Mamaroneck’s architectural jewel, the choir of St. Thomas, directed by critically-acclaimed conductor, Eric Milnes, and joined by internationally celebrated vocalists and musicians, present a series of six programs spanning four hundred years of sacred music from all over the world for its inaugural 2016-2017 season.

The Sunday afternoon concert series debuts at 4 PM on October 23 with Cathedrals of Gold, a program of sacred music of colonial Spain, featuring 17th and 18th century music composed for Jesuit Missions and Cathedrals by indigenous composers from Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia, featuring an exotic mix of baroque guitars, recorders, viols, keyboard and percussion, accompanying internationally acclaimed vocal soloists and the St. Thomas Church Choir.

On December 18, a candlelight Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, a musical highlight of the Christmas season throughout the world-wide Anglican communion, will feature carols, hymns and anthems, both ancient and modern, illuminating inspirational readings of promise and preparation for the Nativity of our Lord. A treasured aspect of this service is congregational singing of traditional and favorite hymns.

Internationally acclaimed cellist and St. Thomas church member, Timothy Eddy, plays a Solo Bach Recital on January 22. Mr. Eddy has earned distinction and moved audiences as a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher of cello and chamber music.

February 26, the fourth program in St. Thomas Church’s musical series, Give Me that Old Time Religion!, offers uniquely American spiritual music, rooted in Africa and Europe, to warm heart and soul on a cold winter’s afternoon. This concert features songs of revival and praise, that inspire and provide solace to Americans for generations.

April 23, for the Easter season, Lift up your heads, O ye gates!, features music for resurrection and renewal from the English Royal Chapel. St. Thomas Church will reverberate with the echoes of its English heritage as its Choir and well-known vocal soloists are joined by an ensemble of period instrument specialists playing authentic instruments, from baroque recorder to harpsichord and lute, and perform some of the Anglican Church’s greatest sacred music dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries.

On June 4, an outdoor Strawberry Festival on St. Thomas’ labyrinth sets the stage for the series finale, Serve Somebody, featuring contemporary music of praise and redemption by Bruce Springsteen, Bobby McFerrin, George Harrison, Alison Krauss, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan, performed by acclaimed musicians and vocalists in the glory of God’s creation.

Individual concert tickets may be purchased for $25 each, or you can support the series by purchasing a subscription for $125. Links for concert details and ticket sales can be found on the St. Thomas website, http://www.saintthomasmmrk.org/index.php/upcoming-events.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church seeks sustaining partners for its inaugural 2016-2017 concert series, Reaching Out with All the Traditions. If you are interested in helping St. Thomas share these rich cultural and musical traditions in our community, please contact the Rev. Carol Gadsden, Rector, at 914-698-0300.

St. Thomas is located at 168 West Boston Post Road (at the corner of Mt. Pleasant Avenue) in Mamaroneck

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