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 at (254) 752-7843 or eugene@stalbanswaco.org

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


2020-21 Sacred Arts Series Events

Join St. Alban's on Sunday, March 28, at 5:30 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube for a live-streamed service of Choral Evensong for the beginning of Holy Week.

The St. Alban’s Chamber Choir, directed by Eugene Lavery, will sing Peter Nardone's Preces & Responses, Pelham Humfrey's Evening Service in E minor, and Johannes Brahms' Geistliches Lied.

The St. Alban’s Sacred Arts Series continues on Sunday, February 14 at 5:30 PM with Duo-B (Hirono Borter, violin; Philip Borter, cello) presenting The Spirit of Carnival, a concert featuring music from South America. This concert will be broadcast live and on-demand on Facebook Live and YouTube.

Unique in the classical music world due to their dedication to works for violin and cello ensemble, Duo-B is quickly earning praise for their passionate musical commitment, creative style, and original programming. The ensemble began in 2009 with the chance meeting of a Japanese violinist and an American cellist in Germany, at the Hochschule für Musik-Freiburg. Their fascination with travel, innovative styles of music-making, and each other soon led them down creative and unexpected paths that later resulted in the forming of Duo-B, while still graduate students at the Eastman School of Music. Early on, a diversion from their classical training has led them to explore music from a variety of genres and cultures, including folk traditions of Europe, Appalachia, and Japan. In addition to performing rarely heard classical masterpieces alongside lesser-known works, including their own original arrangements and compositions, a great emphasis is placed on the communicative power and remarkable intimacy found in the string duo.

Program
Por una Cabeza – Carlos Gardel
Tico-tico no fubá – Zequinha de Abreu
Scottish choro – Heitor Villa-Lobos
Tzigane Tango – Hirono Borter
Three Tangos – Astor Piazzolla

Worship online this Christmas Eve with St. Alban's at 9:00 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube. The much-loved service of Nine Lessons and Carols consists of nine short bible readings which tell the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus, interspersed with carols and hymns sung by the Chamber Choir and Choristers of St. Alban's.

Repertoire:
A babe is born - William Mathias
Adam lay ybounden - Peter Warlock
E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come – Paul Manz
The holly and the ivy – June Nixon
The angel Gabriel – Edgar Pettman
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – John Gardner
Now may we singen – Cecilia McDowall
Lully, Lulla, Lullay – Philip Stopford

Join St. Alban's on Sunday, November 22, at 5:30 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube for a live-streamed service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of Christ the King.

The St. Alban’s Chamber Choir, directed by Eugene Lavery, will sing Peter Nardone's Preces & Responses and Herbert Howells' Collegium Regale Canticles. The St. Alban's Choristers will sing George Dyson's setting of the George Herbert text "Let all the world in every corner sing" as the anthem.

Join St. Alban's on Sunday, October 25, at 5:30 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube for a live-streamed Sacred Arts Series Concert by Dallas-based Quartet Galant entitled New Beginnings.

Formed in 2013, Quartet Galant is a period instrument quartet that specializes in the repertoire of composers from the early classical to the romantic period. Armed with gut strings and period bows, the quartet has played concerts featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart, and their contemporaries, early Czech and Moravian composers, and Spanish music. Their debut concert was received with rave reviews, “All four players demonstrated sure technique and mastery of their instruments. Best yet, they enjoyed playing the concert as much as we enjoyed listening to it.” (Theater Jones). Educated at many fine schools throughout the world including The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and the University of North Texas, and having performed in chamber music concerts across the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, the members of Quartet Galant bring to every performance experience a fresh and vibrant concert experience.

Program

Quartet in C Major, Op. 1, No. 1 – Joseph Bologne (1745-1799)

Quartet in G Major, K. 80 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3 – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Join St. Alban's on Sunday, October 11, at 5:30 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube for a live-streamed service of Choral Evensong. The St. Alban's Chamber Choir will sing Richard Ayleward's Preces & Responses, Maurice Bevan's There's a wideness in God's mercy, and Gerald Near's Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis on Plainsong Themes. The service will close with Healey Willan's Epilogue for organ.

Join St. Alban's on Sunday, September 27, at 5:30 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube for Viva Italia! Dallas-based musicians Eric Smith (baroque cello) and Arash Noori (theorbo) will take us on a journey through music of the Italian baroque period.

Program:

Sonata in C Major - Francesco Alborea

Capriccio No. 1 in C minor - Joseph Marie Clement dall'Abaco

Un Bocconcino di Fantasia - Bellerofonte Castaldi

Sonata in Bb major, Op. 1, no. 7 - Giuseppe Maria Jacchini

Prelude Decima Capona - Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Sonata in A minor, Op. 1, no. 8 - Giuseppe Maria Jacchini

Cello Sonata in A minor, RV43 - Antonio Vivaldi

Join St. Alban's on Sunday, September 13, at 5:30 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube for a livestreamed service of Choral Evensong to launch the 2020/21 Sacred Arts Series. The St. Alban's Chamber Choir, under the direction of Eugene Lavery, will sing Richard Ayleward’s Preces and Reponses, George Dyson’s Evening Service in C minor, and David Hogan’s O gracious light. The closing organ voluntary will be Johann Sebastian Bach's iconic Prelude in E-flat major (BWV 552i)