Sacred Arts Series

Established with the goal of bringing world-class music and performers to Saint Alban’s and the city of Waco, the Sacred Arts Series will celebrate the exceptional musical legacy of the church with monthly concerts and liturgies.

The Sacred Arts Series is self-funding and thus operate outside the scope of the regular music budget. All donors will receive acknowledgement in concert programs. The giving levels are as follows:

Friend (any gift)
Supporter ($250+)
Associate ($500+)
Patron ($1,000+)
Sustainer ($2,500+)
Benefactor ($5,000+)

Please contact the Director of Music, Eugene Lavery for further information by email or phone at (254) 752-7843.

Checks can be made out to Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church with Sacred Arts Fund in the memo line.

2024 Sacred Arts Series Events

Conductor Eugene Lavery leads the Vox Seraphim Choir and Baroque Orchestra in a soul-stirring performance of Handel’s rarely heard Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi’s much-loved Gloria.

Dixit Dominus (“The Lord said”) is one of Handel’s earliest choral works, written in Rome in 1707 when he was just 22. The work, set to the text of Psalm 110, is written for five vocal soloists, five-part chorus, strings, and continuo. Dixit Dominus is divided into eight movements, and the text is vividly set, each using contrasts between movements as well as within each movement. The piece contains numerous examples of word painting, where the sound of the music imitates the imagery of the text.

Vivaldi’s Gloria was likely composed for the accomplished musicians at the Ospedale della Pietà girls orphanage in Venice where he served as music director. When the modern-day Vivaldi revival began early in the twentieth century, attention focused mainly on the composer’s concertos. But then, in the late 1920’s a large collection of Vivaldi’s vocal music was discovered in Turin, including the Gloria. Having received its twentieth-century premiere in 1930 Gloria has remained the most popular of all Vivaldi’s vocal works ever since.