Special day at church will include music, fiesta and more

2014-05-01T00:00:00Z Special day at church will include music, fiesta and moreSubmitted by Sue Agnew St. Philip’s Communications Director Arizona Daily Star

St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church observes the feast day of its patron saint in early May each year. Liturgically, the day will be marked with special music.

On Sunday, the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s beloved “Gloria,” sung by St. Philip’s Singers, Canterbury Choir and Apprentices, St. Nicholas Choir, and special guests the Tucson Girls Chorus, with soloists Gina McCann and Laurel Decker, accompanied by St. Philip’s Chamber Orchestra.

One of the most well-known composers of the Baroque period, Vivaldi created this joyous work for the orphanage for girls in his time, dividing the texts into several different movements that will be performed throughout the service within the liturgy.

Because one of the movements is used as the prelude to the service, it is suggested that attendees arrive about 10 minutes before the listed service time.

A freewill offering will be collected during the service.

The day will include a Fiesta in the Plaza beginning at 11 a.m., with activities and a build-your-own-taco bar for lunch. The cost for the fiesta is $7 per person ($20 per family), payable at the event. Proceeds support St. Philip’s J2A youth group.

At 2 p.m. in the church, the Tucson Girls Chorus will present a program featuring works by various contemporary composers, including Los Angeles-based Frank La Rocca. Admission to the concert is by donation ($15 suggested).

Under the direction of Marcela Molina, with assistant director and accompanist Chris Fresolone, the chorus will perform a program divided into sections “on heaven, on sound, on love,” featuring works by various contemporary composers including La Rocca.

On First Sundays, St. Philip’s has a “food for hunger” food drive to replenish its food pantry for people in need. Donations of nonperishable food in unbreakable containers are accepted.

Also on First Sundays, St. Philip’s Prison Ministry accepts donations of new or used paperback books on any subject, which are donated to Reading Between the Bars to be distributed to prisoners in Arizona.

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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