Fall heralds beginning of monthly Evensong services

2013-10-17T00:00:00Z Fall heralds beginning of monthly Evensong servicesSubmitted by Sue Agnew St. Philip’s Director of Communications Arizona Daily Star

St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church offers Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month from October through May.

This fall the first Evensong service will be Sunday.

Choral Evensong is rooted in one of the daily monastic services that date from the medieval period, and St. Philip’s Evensong is based on the service that has been sung from the Book of Common Prayer from the 16th century.

Evensong is drawn almost entirely from the Bible — the psalms, readings and canticles are all selected from scriptural sources.

An auditioned choir of youth and adults, the Schola Cantorum, provides music for this service.

Each month the service, which lasts about 45 minutes, is followed by a 30-minute organ recital featuring some of Arizona’s finest organists. This Sunday Jonathan Gregoire will present “French Fireworks.”

Gregoire is in his second year of doctoral studies in organ performance at Arizona State University in Tempe and is the organist at First United Methodist Church in central Phoenix. He holds degrees from the University of Kansas, St. John’s University and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Next month’s recital, on Nov. 17, will feature another Arizona State University doctoral student, Emma Whitten. Her recital, “Back to Bach,” will feature music based on the theme of the notes B-A-C-H.

On Dec. 15, Pamela Decker, organ professor at the University of Arizona, will present a recital titled “Prelude and Fugue.”

More information about upcoming guest artists is available at www.friendsofmusictucson.org (click on “Other Events”).

The public is invited. The recitals are free but donations are accepted.

St. Philip’s is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave. at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side. The office phone is 299-6421.

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