Evensong for Everyone

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Past Service

Evensong 
Sunday, January 30th

4:45 pm Organ Prelude Recital

5:10 pm Service Begins


In-person & YouTube

 

Join us for our first Choral Evensong of 2022. Guest organist, Peter Van Eenam will share a prelude recital beginning at 4:45 pm. 

 

Peter Van Eenam has served as Organist and Choirmaster at Westminster Church since November 1981, following a similar appointment at Lord of Light Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has frequently prepared choruses for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and has taught choral conducting at the University of Tennessee, where he also led the Women’s Chorale. As a harpsichordist, he plays continuo with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on concerti by C. P. E. and J. S. Bach. He received his degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied organ with Robert Clark, choral conducting with Lawrence Marsh, and harpsichord and Baroque performance practice with Edward Parmentier and Gary Miller. Peter and his wife, Anne, have two grown daughters, Jennifer and Kathryn, living in Seattle and Berlin, Germany, respectively.

What is Evensong?

Choral Evensong grew out of the monastic tradition of chanting psalms and praying as a community several times each day.  At the time of the creation of the first Anglican Book of Common Prayer, the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline were combined to form Evening Prayer.  The convention of singing the service led to the name Evensong (as in Evening Prayer Sung).  The service is unique to English cathedrals and collegiate choirs, a tradition that continues to thrive and develop.  This contemplative service opens a window into the eternal through the lens of music.  A mystical encounter with the sacred finds its voice in the English choral tradition.