all events held in the 1894 Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist unless otherwise indicated.
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Music at St. John’s Summer 2017 (July through September 2017 events)
A quarterly flyer for Fall is being replaced by a new annual year-long season program book due out for the benefit concert on November 5, in conjunction with The Choir School of Newport County.
Friday, October 20 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Pipescreams on the Point VIDEO PREVIEW HERE
Opening with the comedy short “THE HAUNTED HOUSE” starring Buster Keaton, the concert moves on to the feature-length original 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with live organ accompaniment improvised by the spooktacular silent film artist Peter Krasinski of Boston. Krasinski, past Dean of the Boston chapter of The American Guild of Organists, is known internationally for his silent film accompaniments, and delighted Newport in 2015 with his playing of The Phantom of the Opera at St. John’s. The Professional Choristers of The Choir School of Newport County will sing as part of the film “soundtrack” in pieces written by past musicians at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, inserted at appropriate times in the film. The church’s several tower bells will also be rung at appropriate times, given the plot centered around Quasimodo, the famous deformed bell ringer in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel.
$10 suggested adult donation/ children $5 (family maximum $20). Presented by Friends of Music at St. John’s.
Silent film organist Peter Krasinski inside the St. John’s pipe chamber
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Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
A candlelight Concert of Remembrance, celebrating All Saints/All Souls, Remembrance Day, and Veterans Day, benefiting national and international disaster relief. The Professional Choristers of The Choir Schol of Newport County and St. John’s Adult Choir will be joined for two pieces by special guests The Newport Navy Choristers.The performers and program also honor the historic connection between St. John’s Church and the Naval War College, commemorating Stephen Bleecker Luce and Alfred Thayer Mahan, the first two presidents of the Naval War College, who as vestrymen played key roles in the early history of St. John’s.
The program includes They that go down to the sea in ships by Herbert Sumsion, the Navy Hymn, How lovely is thy dwelling place from Brahms’s Requiem, Pie Jesu from Fauré’s Requiem, Pie Jesu from Peter Stoltzfus Berton’s A Poet’s Requiem, Greater love hath no man by John Ireland, and the complete John Rutter Requiem with choir, organ and chamber orchestra of flute, oboe, cello, harp, glockenspiel and tympani. Thanks to generous underwriting of the concert costs, all ticket sales are a 100% benefit for natural disaster relief through Episcopal Relief and Development. $50 premium reserved seating, $25 adults, $20 seniors/students. Tickets available online here and at the door. Reception following.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Professional Choristers and St. John’s Adult Choir will sing for a service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of Title (the anniversary of the founding of St. John’s Church).
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols
sung by the professional choristers of The Choir School, the adults of St. John’s Choir, and the choir of Emmanuel Church, Newport, at St. John’s Church
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Christmas on the Point at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Newport: A Christmas in Newport event.
A festive concert with special lighting and decorations, sung by the professional choristers of The Choir School and the adults of St. John’s Choir, with harpist Susan Knapp Thomas, vintage 1894 Hook & Hastings organ, guest soloists and a traditional reading of the Christmas Story. Includes Benjamin Britten’s complete A Ceremony of Carols for treble voices and harp, congregational carols, and the premiere of a new organ work by Peter Stoltzfus Berton, Shepherds and Angels. $15 suggested donation.
Sunday December 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve family service with the Professional Choristers at St. John’s Church joined by the St. John’s adult choir. An incense-free service. A Christmas in Newport event.
Sunday December 24, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve “Midnight Mass” with the St. John’s Adult Choir, with incense. A Christmas in Newport event.