St. Stephen's students partake in Evensong performance

HERALD STAFF REPORTNovember 16, 2013 

Members of the Canterbury Girls Choir in front of the Church of the Redeemer, seated front row from left: Merrill Garlington, Ivy Morton, Michaela Porcelli, Christina Brush; middle row kneeling: Katherine Koachl; and back row: Jennifer Porcelli, Elinor Garlington, Samantha Wulfsohn, Choirmaster/Organist Ann Stephenson-Moe, Carroll Forbes and Caroline Devitt. PHOTO PROVIDED

SARASOTA -- The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., invites the community to a special Solemn Evensong at 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

The Evensong features a collaborative performance with Redeemer's Canterbury Girls' choir and a string quartet composed of Sarasota Youth Philharmonic members.

The anthem will be Handel's "And the Glory of the Lord," the service will be Archer's "Berkshire Service."

Evensong performances are free and open to the public.

"Youth choirs throughout our community provide the opportunity for young people to receive not just a religious education, but a broad exposure to choral literature, language and context for a lifelong appreciation of and involvement in history and art," said Redeemer organist and choirmaster Ann Stephenson-Moe. "Evensong is an Anglican tradition originating in the 16th century, and is enjoyed by many music lovers regardless of their religious affiliation. Our annual Youth Evensong is Redeemer's expression of profound gratitude for the youth of our parish and community, as well as for the blessings of music."

Redeemer's all-girls Canterbury choir includes students from Saint Stephen's Episcopal School in Bradenton and Sarasota middle and high schools.

In addition to learning to read music, the Canterbury girls become acquainted with classical choral literature and learn to sing in Latin, French, Spanish, German and Russian. Throughout the year, during Sunday morning Masses at Redeemer, the choir sings anthems specifically written for female voices.

The Youth Philharmonic is comprised of outstanding performers between the ages of 13 and 19 who rehearse with the full Sarasota Orchestra and work with professional coaches and private teachers. The ensemble is dedicated to performing the finest works in the full symphonic repertoire.

Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.

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