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Music for a Season, 2016-2017 Series

Greetings from my retreat here in the mountains above San Bernardino, in the fair town of Crestline. (Thank you to Gary and Peg!) I am so enjoying this time of rest, reflection and composing.  I look forward to my return late August from this Sabbatical. 

As we look towards the fall season, we begin our 9th season of “Music for a Season”.  This year we will not keep to our past years schedule of first Sundays of the month.  So, take this schedule of events and put the dates on your Calendar. The afternoon services will be at 4:00 pm, a half hour earlier.  The evening services will continue to be at 7:30 pm.

I invite you to become a “Friend of Music”.  You have been very generous these past years and this year we again desire your financial and physical support of the series.  

We begin the series on Sunday afternoon, September 25, at 4:00 pm, with a CELEBRATION!!  We have invited former members of the Anglican Chorale of Southern California and its founder and director, and a former Director of Music here at COS, James Person, to be our guest conductor of this special concert to honor our Senior Warden, Juli Kennedy on the occasion of her 60th birthday! 

There are also three Evensongs this year. They will be on October 16, January 5 (Epiphany Eve) and March 5.  

There will be three special services of music on November 6, December 18 and April 14. 

November 6 will be ALL SAINTS’ Sunday. We will REJOICE with the saints in glory and also REMEMBER the saints who have died this past year.  At the 10 am liturgy, the choir will be joined by a chamber orchestra, as we sing this service.  The setting will be of the “Requiem” by the English composer, John Rutter.  This requiem will be a memorial for the life of Faith Sand, by her family.  If you wish to also join in this offering and contribute financially to this service of music, please contact me.

December 18, we will have our traditional ADVENT LESSONS and CAROLS service on the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 4:00 pm.  

The second large work to be presented will be on Good Friday evening, April 14th at 7:30 pm.  The choir, with soloists, will offer, “Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer” by the Victorian composer, John Stainer.  Interspersed in the narrative are five hymns for the congregation to reflect on the Passion.  This will be a part of the Good Friday Liturgy.

There are other offerings of music also listed in the “Music for a Season” flier. Each service, I trust, will help us come together in prayer and praise. 
This is going to be an exciting year for us as we begin our celebrations of the founding of this historic parish here in the San Gabriel Valley.  We will have many ways of exploring this journey. Look for liturgies in 2017 that help us understand where we came from. Morning liturgies of Morning Prayer and Holy Communion, will take us back to The Book of Common Prayer of 1798 and 1928.  These will help us understand how liturgy has changed and developed, just as this parish has changed and continues to grow in our understanding of liturgy.

I hope you have persevered and read all the way to this end of this “missal”!  Be excited, be energized, and be open to the Holy Spirit as we venture into this fall season.

BLESSINGS, see you in September!

Phil Smith
Minister of Music and Organist
Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, Los Angeles

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