Concerts and Special Services

Welcome to the 2018-2019 musical season at Christ Church Grosse Pointe!

FEEL     the Spirit of classical music sung to the glory of God.
HEAR     the voices of exceptionally talented and accomplished artists.
EXPERIENCE     the majesty of soaring sounds in a sacred space of exquisite beauty.
APPRECIATE     the warmth of a caring community of music lovers from all walks of life.
JOIN US for another extraordinary season of Music at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. We look forward to having you with us!

CLICK HERE to download the 2018-19 Music Brochure

CLICK HERE for the 2018-19 Repertoire


CONCERTS

Christ Church is proud to announce our 2018-19 Concert Schedule
There will be a pre-concert lecture before each Concert at 1:30 pm hosted by Scott Hanoian.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 3 pm
A Tour of Italy
Choral music from the birthplace of the Renaissance

Christ Church Schola

Long known to be the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy continues to be rich with art, architecture, and music. In this concert featuring the Christ Church Schola, we will explore the great Italian composers whose music has, in some cases, lasted over 500 years. Hear the classics of Palestrina and Lasso, the innovative stylings of Monteverdi, and the dramatic writings of Verdi and Rossini. Join us on our musical tour of Italy.

Freewill Offering

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 3 pm
Christmas Oratorio | J. S. Bach
Christ Church Chorale with the Michigan Bach Collective

Johann Sebastian Bach conceived the six parts of his Christmas Oratorio to be performed on the first six days of Christmas. As we celebrate the season this year, we will perform four of the six parts in one evening only. Depicting the birth of Jesus, the annunciation to the shepherds, the adoration of the shepherds, and the adoration of the Magi, Bach’s exquisite writing will lift your spirits from the opening chorus to the final chorale. This performance will feature the Christ Church Chorale with the Michigan Bach Collective, the region’s new period instrument orchestra.

Tickets $25

 

Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 3 pm
St. John Passion | Bob Chilcott
Christ Church Choirs with Orchestra

For nearly two millenia, Christians have been telling the story of Jesus’ arrest, death, and resurrection. Using the words of the Gospel of Saint John, living British composer Bob Chilcott (formerly a member of The King’s Singers) sets the narrative in a new and exciting way. As with Bach’s great Passion settings, the role of the Evangelist is taken by the tenor soloist, the words of Jesus and Pilate are performed by solo baritones, and the chorus becomes a crowd or a group of soldiers, commenting on the story in short outbursts. The audience is invited to join in as we sing well-known hymn texts set to new, original melodies.

Freewill Offering

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 3 pm
The Creation | Franz Joseph Haydn
Christ Church Chorale with Orchestra

Considered to be his masterpiece, Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis. Composed in three parts, the first begins with the Representation of Chaos and continues with the creation of light, heaven and earth, sun and moon, land, water, and plants. The second part depicts the creation of animals and man and woman. The third celebrates the happiness of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Join the Christ Church Chorale, Soloists, and Orchestra in this joyful celebration of our created world.

Tickets $25


SPECIAL SERVICES

Free and open to the public

All Souls’ Requiem
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 3 pm
A service in remembrance of all the faithful departed (featuring Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem).

Advent Procession
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3 pm
A service of readings and music celebrating the Advent of Our Lord.

Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 23, 2018, 4:30 pm
A service of lessons and music celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord. Doors open at 3:45 pm. Pre-service organ recital at 4 pm.

Epiphany Procession
Sunday, January 6, 2019, 3 pm
A service of readings and music celebrating the Manifestation of God in the form of Jesus Christ.

Eve of the Feast of the Presentation
Friday, February 1, 2019, 7 pm
A Candlemas procession followed by a Solemn Holy Eucharist celebrating the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple.

Easter Lessons and Carols
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3 pm
A service of readings and music celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Feast of the Ascension
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7 pm
Solemn Holy Eucharist celebrating the ascension of Jesus to heaven.


OTHER CHORAL SERVICES

Free and open to the public

All Saint’s Day
November 4, 2018, 9 am

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2018, 4 pm, 8 pm & 11 pm
10:30 pm Choral Prelude

Christmas Day
December 25, 2018, 10 am

Ash Wednesday
March 6, 2019, 7 pm

Palm Sunday
April 14, 2019, 9 am

Holy Monday & Tuesday
April 15 & 16, 2019, 7 pm

Tenebrae
April 17, 2019, 7 pm

Maundy Thursday
April 18, 2019, 7 pm

Good Friday
April 19, 2019, 12 pm & 7 pm

The Great Vigil of Easter
April 20, 2019, 7 pm

Easter Day
April 21, 2019, 9 am & 11:15 am

Pentecost
June 9, 2019, 9 am

NOTE:  All concerts and other musical events have open, non-reserved seating. If  tickets are required, they can be purchased either in advance at the church office or at the door.


EVENSONG

The service of Evensong (or sung Evening Prayer) is drawn almost entirely from the Bible: Psalms, lessons from the Old and New Testaments, and Canticles (songs of praise from the Scriptures). Music is an integral part of this service, and the choirs offer sung prayers to God on behalf of the people of God.

Sept. 16, 2018     –     Schola
Sept. 23, 2018     –     Schola
Sept. 30, 2018     –     Schola
Oct. 7, 2018     –     Combined
Oct. 14, 2018     –     Schola
Oct. 21, 2018     –     Boys and Girls
Nov. 11, 2018     –     Schola Trebles
Nov. 18, 2018     –     Schola
Nov. 25, 2019     –     Congregational
Dec. 16, 2018     –     Schola
Jan. 13, 2019     –     Visiting Choir
Jan. 20, 2019     –     Visiting Choir
Jan. 27, 2019     –    Schola
Feb. 3, 2019     –     Schola
Feb. 10, 2019     –     Schola
Feb. 17, 2019     –     Congregational
Feb. 24, 2019     –     Schola
Mar. 3, 2019     –     Combined
Mar. 10, 2019     –     Schola
Mar. 17, 2019     –     Boys and Girls
Mar. 24, 2019     –     Schola
Mar. 31, 2019     –     Schola
Apr. 7, 2019     –     Schola
Apr. 28, 2019     –     Congregational
May 19, 2019     –     Combined Choirs with Installation and Valediction of Choristers

Please note there is no Evensong on December 30 or April 21.