Youth Evensong features collaboration with Sarasota Young Voices
The Church of the Redeemer, in downtown Sarasota, invites the community to its annual "Youth Evensong" at 5:15 p.m. Sun., Nov. 18. This special Evensong honors and celebrates Sarasota's young people and will feature a collaborative performance with Redeemer’s Canterbury Girls’ Choir and Sarasota Young Voices — a choir featuring boys and girls from Sarasota and Manatee counties under the direction of Geneviève Beauchamp. The anthem will be Baldasare Galuppi’s “Dixit Dominus"; service will be Malcolm Archer’s “Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.” Evensong is an Anglican tradition originating in the 16th century, and is enjoyed by many music lovers regardless of their religious affiliation.
“Youth choirs throughout our community provide the opportunity for young people to receive not just a religious education, but a broad exposure to choral literature, language, and context for a lifelong appreciation of and involvement in history and the art," said Redeemer Choirmaster Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe, who will perform on organ during Evensong. “Youth Evensong is Redeemer’s expression of profound gratitude for the youth of our parish and the community, as well as for the blessings of music.”
The all-girls Canterbury Choir includes students from Sarasota middle and high schools as well as St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton. In addition to learning to read music, the girls who participate in Canterbury Choir become acquainted with classical choral literature and learn to sing in Latin, French, Spanish, German and Russian. Throughout the year during Sunday morning masses at Redeemer, this special choir sings anthems specifically written for female voices.
This event is free, with offerings accepted. Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. For more information, visit redeemersarasota.org, or call 941-955-4263.