Festival Eucharist | April 24

On April 24 we will celebrate a Festival Eucharist at the 10:15 service to celebrate Saint James’ bicentennial!

The adult choir, accompanied by a string quartet, will offer Franz Schubert‘s Mass in G for the service music (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) and Beethoven‘s monumental Hallelujah Chorus for the anthem.

Handel‘s Organ Concerto in F, Op. 4 No. 4, will serve as the prelude. This four movement concerto showcases many colors of the organ as well as beautiful harmonies between the strings and organ.

Franz Schubert, by Wilhelm August Rieder
Franz Schubert, by Wilhelm August Rieder

Despite Schubert’s short life, born in 1797 and died in 1828, his musical output was tremendous. The Mass in G was composed in less than a week in 1815 and features brief solo passages for soprano and baritone. Most remarkable about this piece is the religious sensitivity versus a concert context.

The Hallelujah Chorus is the final movement from Beethoven’s only oratorio, Christ on the Mount of Olives which depicts the last days of Christ from Gethsemane to the cross. The work was completed in the fall of 1802 and performed in April 1803 at Theater an der Wien in Vienna.

All of the choirs have worked very hard to put together this beautiful service, and we’d be overjoyed to have you for this celebration of music and worship!