Music & Arts at Christ & Holy Trinity will continue its 12th season with Choral Evensong, with music by modern and historic composers, and an all-Bach organ recital on Sunday, Feb. 10. It will take place at 5 p.m. in the church, 75 Church Lane, followed by a reception in Branson Hall.
The organ soloist will be Robert Kwan, the church's assistant organist-choirmaster, and the combined adult and high school choirs will sing the liturgy, according to a release. A native of Canada, Kwan holds degrees in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and Canada's University of Victoria. He served as organ scholar at Windsor Castle in England.
In addition to "Passacaglia," his Bach program will feature Bach's "Passacaglia in C minor," "Come, Holy Ghost," "Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness" from the Leipzig Chorales, and "Christ, our Lord, came to the Jordan" from the Clavierubung III.
Evensong was first sung in Anglican churches in the 16th century, when it was formed as a combination of the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer, the release states. It was intended as an end-of-day service and was written in English, replacing the Latin of Vespers and Compline so that ordinary people might understand it.
Many well-known composers have written music for Evensong, including Herbert Howells, whose "B minor Magnificat" and "Nunc dimittis" will be sung in the Westport liturgy. Music written by contemporary Californian composers Craig Phillips and Stephen Sturk will also be featured, the release states. A voluntary offering in support of the church's youth mission trip will be accepted.
Tickets may be purchased at www.chtwestport.org/concerts.