Christ & Holy Trinity choirmaster, Burnette, to open 10th season of Music & Arts with organ recital
Burnette, artistic director of Music & Arts and organist-choirmaster at the church, will be playing music by J. S. Bach and American composers Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. The free concert will be presented at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, at St. Matthew's Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton, while the organ is closed during construction at Christ & Holy Trinity. The program opens with the celebration of Choral Evensong, sung by the Senior Choristers and Parish Choir of Christ & Holy Trinity, and will be followed by a reception at St. Matthew's.
Burnette earned his bachelor of music degree at Westminster Choir College and master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees at the Eastman School of Music. He has studied with well-known organists David Craighead, Donald McDonald, Harald Vogel and Raymond Ocock. He is a core member and frequent vocal soloist with the Pro Arte Singers and has performed both as a singer and organist in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Evensong was first sung in Anglican churches in the 16th century, when it was formed as a combination of the offices of Vespers and Compline by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer. Music for the elements of the liturgy has been written by many well-known composers, and Evensong is often featured at large Anglican churches and cathedrals around the world. The Christ & Holy Trinity choir will sing selections by Michael Sitton, Craig Phillips, James Wallace and Richard Webster, all living American composers.
The season will continue with a Christmas concert by Chanticleer, called "The world's reigning male chorus" by The New Yorker, on Friday, Dec. 3. Tickets are available by phone at 203-227-0827 or www.chtwestport.org/tickets