St. James' Church Announces its 2011-2012 Concert Series, Beginning September 11

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Music at St. James’ – the concert series of St. James’ Church on Madison Avenue – announces its 2011-12 season of music for choir and organ featuring works by Fauré, Hancock, Mendelssohn, Bach & Brahms, beginning September 11.

St. James' choirs sing during the lessons and carols service by Fauré, Hancock, Mendelssohn, Bach & Brahms...

Music at St. James, the concert series of St. James Church on Madison Avenue, will open its 2011-2012 season with Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, on September 11 at 10:30 am, offered in its original context of a liturgical Mass. Other works will be offered during special liturgies and concerts throughout the year.

St. James Church is located at 865 Madison Avenue between 71st & 72nd Streets. Admission to each 3:00 p.m. concert is $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door. Admission to all other music events is free and open to the public. All events are wheel chair accessible. For more information call 212.288.4100 or visit

The season’s works are as follows:
Fauré’s Requiem
Sunday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m.
The Fauré Requiem will provide the setting for the 10:30 a.m. service, lending its beauty and solemnity to this commemorative service. Conducted by Christopher Jennings; with organist Anthony Rispo. Free admission.

Organ Recital by Judith Hancock
Sunday, October 16 at 3:00pm
Acclaimed Concert Organist and former director of music at St. James’ Judith Hancock returns to play a wide and varied program on the church’s new Schoenstein symphonic pipe organ. Selections will include pieces by the music of J.S. Bach, Duruflé, Alexandre Guilmant, Johannesburg Brahms and others. $20 (adults), $10 (students/seniors).

Boys’ & Girls’ Choir Fall Choral Evensong
Sunday, October 23 at 4:00pm
The St. James’ Boys’ & Girls’ Choir sings music of Richard Shephard, Christopher Jennings, David Hogan & John Ireland. Conducted by Christopher Jennings with organist Anthony Rispo. Free admission.

Lessons & Carols for the Feast of the Epiphany
Friday, January 6 at 6:00pm
St. James’ Canterbury & Compostela Choirs sing music of Franz Biebl and Felix Mendelssohn. Conducted by Davis Wortman with organist Christopher Jennings. Free admission.

“New York, New York” – Organ Music by New York Composers
Sunday, February 12 at 3:00pm
Organist Christopher Jennings presents a concert of 19th and 20th century compositions by composers Calvin Hampton, Gerre Hancock, Clarence Dickinson, and Alec Wyton, all organists from prominent churches throughout the City. $20 (adults), $10 (students/seniors).

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elijah
Sunday, March 4 at 3:00pm
St. James’ Choirs sing the oratorio Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, conducted by Davis Wortman with organist Christopher Jennings. $20 (adults), $10 (students/seniors).

Boys’ & Girls’ Choir Spring Choral Evensong
Sunday, April 29 at 4:00pm
St. James’ Boys’ & Girls’ Choir sings music of Christopher Jennings, Bruce Neswick, Richard Shephard, and Vernon Williams. Conducted by Christopher Jennings with organist Davis Wortman. Free admission.

Organ Recital by Marilyn Keiser
Sunday, May 20 at 3:00pm
World-renowned concert organist Marilyn Keiser performs the music of Dan Locklair, Louis Vierne, and Herbert Howells. $20 (adults), $10 (students/seniors).

St. James’ Church, an Episcopal Church on the Upper Eastside, celebrated its bicentennial in 2010. Part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York City, St. James’ was founded in 1810 to serve families who had built summer homes in the Lenox Hill area; today the parish draws its members from across the city and from all walks of life. Extensive programs in family ministries, adult education and music are complemented by vast mission activities from the South Bronx to Southern Africa, yet worship remains at the heart of the community. Renovations to the Church and the Parish House, completed in 2004, and the installation of the Bicentennial Organ in 2009, ensure St. James’ ability to fulfill its mission to bear witness to the love of God through Jesus Christ and inspire its members to live out their ministries in the world.

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