The new season of "Music & Arts" at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will begin Sunday, Oct. 20, with a Choral Evensong program featuring music from the 17th century to the present.

The combined high school and adult choristers will offer the liturgy at 5 p.m. that day in the church at Myrtle Avenue and Church Lane.

Assistant organist-choirmaster Fred Backhaus will present an organ prelude beginning at 4:45. The Rev. Whitney Edwards, the new rector of Christ & Holy Trinity, is visiting the parish that weekend and will preach the homily. The public is invited to a reception following the service.

The featured contemporary music will be the work of Stephen Sturk, who began his professional music career singing under the baton of Leonard Bernstein and served in a number of positions in New York, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Juilliard School. The work of English church music composers William Smith, from the 17th century, and Sir Herbert Brewer, from the 19th and 20th centuries, is included along with Felix Mendelssohn's "He, watching over Israel" from his oratorio Elijah.

Evensong was first sung in Anglican churches in the 16th century, when it was developed as a combination of the monastic offices of vespers and compline by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer.

The Music & Arts season will continue with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir on Nov. 17.

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