On Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m., the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas will perform J. S. Bach’s cantata Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott (“Happy is the man, who to his God”) as part of a Vespers service.
The service will feature the instrumentalists of the Bach Ensemble along with vocal soloists Hayleigh Maloney, Brianna Bragg, Ben Lee, and Christian Pursell. Also featured in the service will be the Choristers and Parish Choir of St. Thomas, under the direction of Bach Ensemble Artistic Director Carlton Monroe.
This season the BEST continues its 200 in 20 Project with the goal of performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas over the course of 20 years. St. Thomas is one of only four other churches nationally which regularly perform the cantatas of Bach in their intended context of worship.
To learn more about the BEST and the Bach Vespers, please visit www.stthomasepiscopal.org or www.bachensemble.org.
St. Thomas will unveil a new concert series this year called Abendmusik Concerts. Abendmusik (Evening Music) was a term used by Baroque composer Deitrich Buxtehude for the famous series of concerts that were known throughout Northern Europe. For the first Abendmusik Concert we are YoonGeong Lee, a frequent Bach Vespers soloist.
Soprano, YoonGeong Lee is a recent doctorial graduate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For her upcoming St. Thomas concert on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm, she will sing the songs of some of the world’s greatest composers; among them: Mozart, Schubert, Duparc, Martini, Delibes, Satie, Yun and Lehar. YoonGeong spent the past two summers at Tanglewood Music Center as a soprano fellow and received the Grace B.Jackson Award, an annual prize given to an outstanding fellow. Please join with us for another great summer night of music!
More information about Ms. Lee can be seen at www.facebook.com/yoongeongleesoprano
The UC College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir will both be operating special satellite programs beginning this fall at St. Thomas.
CCM Prep will be offering private music lessons based at St. Thomas. Actual offerings will be based on demand, but our recent survey indicated strong interest in many areas including voice, piano, guitar, brass and string. If you are interested in taking private lessons with CCM Prep faculty at St. Thomas, please contact CCM prep and request lessons at St. Thomas. (http://ccm.uc.edu/prep.html)
The Cincinnati Children’s Choir will offer a Satellite Choir Program at St. Thomas. The Satellite Choir will be directed by St. Thomas Director of Music Carlton Monroe and will begin October 5th. The program is a 10 week program for children in grades 3-6 that provides an introduction to choral music and the philosophies of the CCC. Rehearsals for the St. Thomas Satellite Choir will be Sundays, 1-2pm. Please visit the CCC website for more information and to register. (http://www.cincinnatichoir.org/programs/satellite-choirs/)
(Note: St. Thomas Choristers are welcome to participate in both our Chorister program and the CCM Satellite Choir.)
After an incredible summer experience singing at the National Cathedral, our choral program is ready to start-up this fall. Mark your calendar for the following start-up dates, and look for communications with more details on their way:
Parish Choir – Wed., Aug. 27, 7-9pm
Sr. Choristers (grades 6-8) – Wed., Sept. 10, 6:30-8pm
Jr. Choristers (grades 3-5) – Wed., Oct. 1, 6-7pm
Allegro Choir (grades K-2) – Wed. Oct. 1, 4:15-4:45pm
Sunday, April 6, 5pm
The St. Thomas Choristers and Parish Choir will combine with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir to sing a Lenten Evensong on Sunday, April 6 at 5pm. The choirs will sing the Evening Service in C by C. V. Stanford and the powerful, dramatic work Crucifixus Pro Nobis by English composer Kenneth Leighton.
The Cincinati Bach Ensemble presents a special Bach Vespers as part of the month-long Cincinnati Bach Festival. The Ensemble and the St. Thomas Schola Cantorum will join soloists Manami White, violin, Kerrie Caldwell, soprano and Errik Hood, bass in performing three remarkable works by J. S. Bach as part of an evening service of reflection.
Bach: Chaccone from the Partita for Violin, No. 2*
Bach: Cantata 32, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen
Bach: Cantata 84, Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke
Sunday, February 9, 6pm – Prelude Recital begins at 5:45pm
St. Thomas welcomes the Cincinnati Camerata and their conductor, Dr. Brett Scott, as guest artists for February’s
Bach Vespers on Sunday, February 9 at 6pm. Dr. Scott will lead the Camerata and Cincinnati Bach Ensemble in music from Mozart, Dafnis, Willan, Clausen, and Bach’s Cantata 35. Reception to follow.
If would like to be involved in the choir’s upcoming residency at the National Cathedral, there are several ways to be involved:
- Join the choir! Any singers who join the Parish Choir by January 30 are eligible to sing on the trip. Families of potential choristers (grades 3 and up) should contact Dr. Monroe directly regarding their participation.
- Travel with the choir! Join us as we visit our nation’s capital, and attend Sunday morning Eucharist and two Evensongs at the Cathedral.
- Support the choir! This endeavor is not an inexpensive one, and we are actively looking for sponsors, both individuals and businesses, to help defray some of the expenses, particularly for our young choristers and Chorale Scholars.
For more details on any of these options, please contact Dr. Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
at St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Sunday, January 12, 6pm
Randy Bowman, flute
YoonGeong Lee, soprano
Catherine Fishlock, alto
James Onstad, tenor
Jonathan Cooper, bass
Vivaldi: Concerto for flute, “La notte”, RV 439
Bach: Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV 151
Principal Flutist Randy Bowman of the Cincinnati Symphony will be our featured artist for the Bach Vespers on Sunday, January 12, at 6pm.
Mr. Bowman will present a Prelude Recital beginning at5:45pm. Joining him will be the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble as they present Bach’s Cantata 151, “Susser Trost, Mein Jesus Kommt” (Sweet Comfort, My Jesus Comes) along with vocal soloists YoonGeong Lee, Cathy Fishlock, James Onstad, and Jonathan Cooper. Cantata 151 was originally performed in Leipzig following Christmas in 1725.
The St. Thomas Schola Cantorum will chant service music during the Vespers.
Wednesday, November 6
St. Thomas Parish Hall
1pm Box Lunch
The Senior Class invites all their annual Showtime Lucheon. The Supersingers will open the program, followed by the Junior League Choral Group singers who are celebrating their 50th year of providing entertainment for seniors in nursing homes, senior residences and centers. They will give 25 performances this year of they Revie, “The “Nifty Fifty Years” Show.
Box lunch available with $10 check to St. Thomas and sent before November 1 to Pat Matchette at 10 Hickory View Lane, Milford, Ohio, 45150.