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December 8, 2013
The Anglican tradition of Lessons and Carols celebrates the birth of Jesus through a series of nine Bible readings interspersed with carols and hymns of the holiday season. The Cathedral presents this festival annually during Advent, featuring traditional English carols and music performed by the Cathedral Choir. The service will take place Sunday, December 8, at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral.
The festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first introduced in 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England, where it is still held each year on Christmas Eve and broadcast around the world. In the United States, the service is a popular fixture of the Episcopal Church. The lessons tell the story of God’s loving purpose through the ages and look forward to the redemption brought by the child Jesus, who is welcomed with reverence and joy through music and song.
“Lessons and Carols is a great beginning to the season,” said the Rev. Canon Ed Stein. “It allows us to take a break from the holiday rush, listen to beautiful music and meditate on the meaning of Advent and Christmas.”
December 14, 2013
Baritone Lee Gregory and Grace Song Artistic Director Keith Weber will explore the themes of salvation and redemption in an Advent-themed recital on Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m. The performance features two revealing and poignant song cycles: Robert Beaser’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” and Benjamin Britten’s “The Songs and Proverbs of William Blake.” Presented by Grace Song Inc. and Christ Church Cathedral. Free admission.
December 15, 2013
The Rose Ensemble will perform “And Glory Shown Around: An Early American Christmas,” a concert of carols, country dances, hymns and spiritual songs. This ticketed event is presented by Houston Early Music and is sponsored at the Cathedral by the Religion & the Arts Council.
Like Saint Nicholas, The Rose Ensemble returns to Houston for a joyful evening of glad tidings and good cheer. From Shaker hymns and Colonial anthems to ballads, country dances and shape-note hymns, this extraordinary performance highlights the early forms that will later give birth to bluegrass and old-time music. Journey through the dance halls of Boston to the hills of Appalachia, as the singers and instrumentalists explore the harmonies of early American Christmastide music.
The ensemble, regularly featured on American Public Media and National Public Radio’s Performance Today, reawakens history with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind, and lifts the spirit. Experience a fresh take on the sounds of the traditional yuletide season!
The Yuletide celebration will start at 5 p.m. A pre-concert talk with ensemble members begins at 4:15 p.m. This is a ticketed event.
January 12, 2014
The Cathedral Choir will present a choral Evensong at 5 p.m., preceded by an organ recital at 4:15 p.m. by Daryl Robinson.
Prize-winning organist Daryl Robinson is quickly emerging as a solo and collaborative artist praised for his innovative programming, impeccable technique, imaginative organ registrations and unique depth of interpretative skill. A recipient of the first prize and audience prize at the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, Robinson also received first prize at the 2009 William C. Hall Organ Competition (Undergraduate Division) and earned a fellowship from the 2007 Summer Institute for French Organ Studies.
A native of Houston, Robinson is currently pursuing a Master of Music in organ performance at Rice University as a student of Ken Cowan. He holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the University of Houston, where he was a student of Robert Bates (organ), Matthew Dirst (harpsichord) and Betsy Cook Weber (choral conducting). He has also worked extensively with David Higgs of the Eastman School of Music.