Bach Vespers – Oct. 13, 6pm

Bach_graphicOn Sunday, October 13 at 6pm, The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas Episcopal Church will feature a performance of J. S. Bach’s Cantata 42, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats (“And in the evening of that very Sabbath”) following a prelude recital by Cincinnati Symphony oboist Lon Bussell.

The cantata, written in 1725 in Leipzig and subsequently performed three times during Bach’s tenure, is scored for two oboes, bassoon, strings and four vocal soloists. Featured soloists will be YoonGeong Lee, soprano, Audrey Walstrom, alto, Marcus Shields, tenor, and Luis Orozco, bass. Also performing are members of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and the Schola Cantorum of St. Thomas.

Mr. Bussell will present a fifteen minute prelude recital beginning at 5:45pm. He, St. Thomas organist Jason Gunnell, and members of the CBE will perform Johann Ludwig Krebs’ Fantasia for Oboe and Organ and the Concerto for Oboe and Strings in c-minor by G. P. Telemann.

Final Bach Vespers of the Season

The Final Bach Vespers of the Season!
Sunday, April 14, 2013


Falsche Welt, ich trau dich night
Bwv 52
Johann Sebastian Bach

with a Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra RV 461 as the Prelude
Antonio Vivaldi

Chabrelle Williams, soprano
Dwight Parry, oboe
The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble
Carlton Monroe, Director

The Opera Comes to St. Thomas

Cincinnati’s North American New Opera Workshop presents St. Thomas’ Composer-in-Residence Douglas Pew’s A GAME OF HEARTS at on May doug3, 7:30pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park. 


A GAME OF HEARTS tells the story of three widows from America’s Greatest Generation, who now in their advanced age, deal in their own ways with either staying locked in the past or moving forward with the remainder of their lives. Jean Biernbaum, who’s never married after losing her fiance to World War II enters residence at a nursing home where her sister, Sylvia Biernbaum Alperstein Holtz and her sister’s best friend, Harriet Oshiro, currently reside. All three women chat over a game of cards about their past loves and lives and explore a future, perhaps one that includes the soon to be widower Jerry Rosenberg. Written by a pair of Fulbright winners who met in Poland, the opera in the words of Washington Post music critic Phillip Kennicott “shows both composer and librettist experimenting with perhaps the greatest technical device of opera: the use of music to elaborate simultaneously different emotions,” and builds “to a touching set of verses that (has) the romantic, French-inflected power of an art song by Gabriel Faure or Cesar Franck.”

One of the inaugural commissions for the Washington National Opera / Kennedy Center’s American Opera Initiative, A GAME OF HEARTS will also be featured in New York City in January 2014 as part of Opera America’s New Works Forum.

Catacoustic Consort in Concert

Catacoustic by Candlelight
Saturday, April 20 – 7:30PM
St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Terrace Park)

catacoustic at STTravel back in time to the days of Elizabethan England with John Dowland’s Lachrimae (the most beautiful and popular music of the Renaissance) in this collaborative concert with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. This has been Catacoustic”s most popular concert for the last two years and sells out to standing room only very quickly! Don’t wait to get your tickets — buy online and please, plan to arrive at the hall early!

Douglas Pew, Composer-in-Residence, Wins Composition Award

dougSt. Thomas’ Composer-in-ResidenceDr. Douglas Pew, recently won 2nd Prize in the Musica Sacra International Composer Competition for his Kyrie for Double Chorus. 

The Music Sacra Competition is a significant international event created by the Polish composer Pawel Lukaszewski. Dr. Pew’s Kyrie was adapted from his larger work, Missa Musica Sacra for choir and organ. The St. Thomas Parish Choir sang the original version of Kyrie last year.

Congratulations to Dr. Pew on this wonderful accomplishment!

You can read more about the competition and view a list of winners here.

Visit Dr. Pew’s website.

Bach Vespers This Sunday, Oct. 21

J. S. Bach’s Cantata 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen featuring soprano Mary Southworth and trumpeter Jeff Shaffer will be the centerpiece of the Bach Vespers at St. Thomas on Sunday, October 21 at 4pm. Cantata 51, first performed in 1730 in Leipzig, is one of the great treasures of Bach’s work.

The prelude for the service will be Handel’s aria “Eternal Source of Light Divine” from the Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, HWV 74, also featuring Southworth and Schaffer.

The Bach Vespers at St. Thomas combines that ancient tradition of evening worship with the sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach, creating a beautiful and mystical experience. The musicians of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, and the new Bach Choir, under the direction of Dr. Carlton Monroe, present the cantatas in the context of worship, the setting for which they were written.

The Bach Vespers is free and open for anyone to attend. There is a free-will offering taken during the service. We appreciate and depend on the generosity of our guests and patrons to sustain this program.

For more information, visit the Bach Vespers website at or go to the St. Thomas website at

St. Thomas is a member of the Episcopal Music Trail. For more information, visit

One City, One Symphony

St. Thomas is proud to be joining with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is celebrating their One City, One Symphony initative by hosting a special Listening Party on Friday, October 26, 7-8:30pm. The party will be a preview of the CSO’s November performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, hosted by CSO contra-bassoonist Jennifer Monroe and St. Thomas Director of Music, Carlton Monroe. You can RSVP by visiting the CSO website.