OUR HOLY WEEK | EASTER MUSIC
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 | SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019
The featured choral work for the Saturday Night Vigil will be Wolfgang Mozart’s beloved “Ave verum corpus” (Hail, true body). On Easter Sunday the choir will sing two anthems, one at the 8am service and one at the 10am service. Featured at the 8am service will be our very own Cheryl Ziedrich’s setting of the old German tune Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag (“The Great day has appeared”) – for organ, choir, and trumpets on a melody by Nikolaus Hermann (1480-1561). Episcopals know the tune as Hymn 201 (“On earth has dawned”). At the 10am service we will hear Wolfgang Mozart’s famous setting of “Laudate Dominum” (Praise God), from his Solemn Vespers of 1780.
In 1961 the Aeolian-Skinner Company of Boston installed the two-manual, 34-stop forerunner of our present sanctuary organ. In 2001 J. Nelson and Company enriched the instrument by the addition of 61 digitally-sampled voices and a 3-manual console from the Allen Company in Pennsylvania, allowing the performance of repertoire ranging in style from baroque to contemporary. The dedicatory concert of the present organ was given by the late Dr. Philip Hahn, then Music Director at St. John’s. Images of the instrument may be viewed here.