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Once in Royal David’s City…

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From the opening notes of the familiar Christmas hymn, a musical carol tradition going back over a hundred years begins. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was made famous by the chapel choir of King’s College, Cambridge, England, and heard by millions around the world through their annual broadcast.  But the service had humble beginnings at Cornwall’s Truro Cathedral back in 1880.

The story of Jesus’ birth is told through nine biblical readings, beginning with the fall of humankind, continuing with the prophets of Israel, and culminating with the story of that night so long ago.  Each lesson is followed by a carol or hymn highlighting the reading, some sung by the Cathedral Choirs, and some with the congregation joining in.

At Trinity Cathedral, we have been presenting the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for over twenty-five years. We invite you to join us for this beautiful and simple service, with music by the Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Choristers, and guests from the Sacramento Children’s Chorus. We will hear music by Michael Praetorius, David Willcocks, Francis Poulenc, Gustav Holst, and more! The Cathedral Choir is conducted by Canon David Link, Director of Music/Organist & Choirmaster, and the Choristers are led by Ms Kamilyn Davis.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm. Trinity Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in midtown Sacramento. A reception will follow in the Great Hall.

http://www.trinitycathedral.org

Christmas Eve music at the Cathedral

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Please join us for one or more of our Christmas Eve services!
3:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Christmas Pageant for families with young children Music sung by the Cathedral Choristers directed by Kamilyn Davis, with guest choristers from St Michael’s Episcopal Day School.

5:00 pm Holy Eucharist & Christmas Pageant for families
Music sung by the Celebration Choir including “Star Carol” John Rutter, and “A Stable Lamp is lighted” Marty Haugen, guest flutist Jan Luoma.

8:00 pm Solemn High Mass
Music by the Cathedral Choir including “Psallite, Unigenito” by Michael Praetorius, and the congregation will join in singing the “German Mass” by Franz Schubert.

10:30 pm “Christmas Day” concert by the Cathedral Choir
Prelude on “In Dulci Jubilo” Marcel Dupre
“Psallite, Unigenito” Michael Praetorius
“Christ the Appletree” Stanford Scriven
“Christmas Day” (Fantasy on Old Carols) Gustav Holst
“Pastorella” (Pastoral Symphony) BWV 590 J. S. Bach

11:00 pm Festive Midnight Mass
The Cathedral Choir will sing the “Missa ad Praesepe” (Mass at the Crib) by George Malcolm, and “O Magnum Mysterium” by Francis Poulenc. Organ voluntary: Fantasia on “In Dulci Jubilo” J. S. Bach.

The Trinity Cathedral Choir and Celebration Choir, Canon David Link, Director of Music/organist & choirmaster

Music for Holy Week 2016 at Trinity Cathedral

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 Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion, March 20

  • 9:00 am – Music sung by the Cathedral Choristers and Celebration Choir including the anthem “Passion Meditation” (Vocalise) by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
  • 11:15 am – Music sung by the Cathedral Choir including the anthem “Let this mind be in you” by Lee Hoiby.

Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 pm

  • The Solemn Office of Tenebrae – Music sung by Resurrexit including “Tenebrae Responsories” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, and music by Jacob Handl and Felice Anerio.

Maundy Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 pm

  • Maundy Thursday Eucharist – Music by the Celebration Choir, including the anthem ”Wash their feet” by Pepper Choplin.

Good Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm

  • Good Friday Liturgy and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament – Music by the Cathedral Choir including “A Litany” (Drop, drop, slow tears) by William Walton, and “Jesu dulcis memoria” by Tomàs Luis de Victoria.

Holy Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 pm

  • The Great Vigil of Easter – Music by the Cathedral Choir including the anthems “Alleluia” by Andrea Gabrieli, “Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem” by Charles V. Stanford, and other music by Peter Hallock and Giuseppe Pitoni.

Easter Sunday, March 27

  • 7:30 am Eucharist – Music by members of the Cathedral Choir, including the anthem “Alleluia” by Andrea Gabrieli.
  • 9:00 am Eucharist – Music by the Celebration Choir including the anthem “The Tomb Stands Empty” by Craig Courtney.
  • 11:15 am Eucharist – Music by the Cathedral Choir including the anthem“Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem” by Charles V. Stanford, and organ music by Andrea Gabrieli and Alan Wilson.

The Trinity Cathedral Choir, Resurrexit, and Celebration Choir. Canon David Link, Director of Music/organist & choirmaster.The Cathedral Choristers, Ms Kamilyn Davis, Director.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-town Sacramento. http://www.trinitycathedral.org

Choral Evensong for Lent this Thursday

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Thursday, March 3rd at 6:00 pm

Please join the Trinity Cathedral Choir for our Lenten service of Choral Evensong. Music will include:
Introit: The duteous day now closeth – J. S. Bach
Preces & Responses – John Sanders
Psalm 22 – Anglican chant by Samuel Wesley
Canticles: plainsong with fauxbourdons by Thomas Morley
Anthem: Wondrous Love – Early American arranged Paul Christiansen                             Organ Voluntary: “O Lamm Gottes unschuldig” BWV 1095 – J. S. Bach

Choral Evensong is a lovely way to finish a busy and noise-filled day, with beautiful music, readings, and prayers.

The Trinity Cathedral Choir – Canon David Link, Director of Music/organist & choirmaster

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-town Sacramento.

http://www.trinitycathedral.org

 

Choral Evensong and Candlemas Procession

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Celebrated since the fourth century, the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, commemorates the journey of Jesus family to the temple, forty days after his birth, according to Jewish custom. St Luke recounts their encounter with the elderly Simeon, who tells Mary and Joseph that their son is the “light to lighten the gentiles, and glory of his people Israel.” For hundreds of years, a candle-lit procession symbolizing that “light” became a part of the celebration, and the feast has come to be known in many places as “Candlemas.”
 
This Thursday, January 28th at 6:00 pm, the Trinity Cathedral Choir will sing our monthly service of Choral Evensong, preceded by a Candlemas procession from the Cathedral courtyard.
 
Anthem at the candlelighting: “Eternal Light” Leo Sowerby
Preces & Responses – Thomas Ebdon & Peter Hallock
Psalm 122 – plainsong tone viii with fauxbourdons by Sidney Nicholson
Canticles: Thomas Attwood Walmisley in d minor
Anthem: “Let my prayer come up as the incense” Peter Hallock
 
The Trinity Cathedral Choir, Canon David Link, Organist & Choirmaster
Dr Ryan Enright, guest organist
 
Please join us for this beautiful and unique service!
Trinity Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in midtown Sacramento.

The Twenty-ninth Annual Diocesan Choir Festival

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The Twenty-ninth Annual Diocesan Choir festival will take place on Saturday, January 23rd, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento. Singers from all over Northern California take part in an all-day rehearsal, culminating with Choral Evensong at the end of the day.

Conducting the festival choir this year, is Canon David Link, Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral since 1984. Canon Link will be assisted from the organ console by Dr Ryan Enright, accompanist for the Sacramento Choral Society, and organist of St John’s Lutheran Church.

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The music to be sung at the festival includes:

  • Preces & Responses – Thomas Ebdon, edited by David Link
  • Psalm 121 – plainsong with fauxbourdon by Sidney Nicholson
  • Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Evening Canticles) in d minor – Thomas Attwood Walmisley
  • “Let the peoples praise You, O God” – Bruce Neswick

All singers are invited to join us. Click the link below to download the registration form, and plan to join us for a fun day of singing!

And all are invited to attend the service of Choral Evensong at 4:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-town Sacramento.

Festival Registration Form 2016

Christmas at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

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We hope you will join us for one of our five Christmas services this year! You are assured of a warm welcome, and beautiful music.

Christmas Eve at 3:00 pm – Christmas Pageant and Family Eucharist  Music sung by the Cathedral Choristers including “What sweeter music” by John Leavitt, and “Unto us is born a Son” arranged by David Willcocks.

Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm – Christmas Pageant and Family Eucharist Music sung by the Celebration Choir including “The Jesus Gift” by Gilbert Martin, “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” arranged by Marty Haugen, and “A Spotless Rose” by Bryan L. Greer

Christmas Eve at 8:00 pm – Solemn High Mass  Music by the Cathedral Choir including “Unto us is born a Son” by David Willcocks, and the “Missa Sancta Maria Magdalena” by Healey Willan.

Christmas Eve at 10:30 pm – “Unto us is born a SonA Festive Christmas Concert by the Cathedral Choir with music including “Ave Maria” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Dormi Jesu” by John Rutter, “Unto us is born a Son” arranged by David Willcocks, “A Tender Shoot” by Otto Goldschmidt, and “Say, where is he, born the King” by Felix Mendelssohn, plus organ music by Marcel Dupre and Leo Sowerby.

Christmas Eve at 11:00 pm – Festive Holy Eucharist (“Midnight Mass”  Music by the Cathedral Choir including the “Missa ad Praesepe” (Mass at the Crib) by George Malcolm, and “O Magnum Mysterium” by William Byrd.

Christmas Day at 10:00 am – Christmas Morning EucharistSimple service with organist Barry Moenter, cantor Jay Leach, and the Cathedral Handbell Ringers. Music will include “A Stable Lamp is Lighted” by David Hurd.

The Trinity Cathedral Choir  – Canon David Link, Director of Music

The Trinity Cathedral Choristers – Kamilyn Davis, Director of Choristers

Trinity Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-town Sacramento. Free parking will be available in the Sutter Community Garage at 27th and N Streets, entering from the 27th Street side.