Hymnal Marathon: September 10 (Friday, 9:30am)
Celebrating the beginning of the program year for St. John’s, including the resumption of all musical activities again, St John’s Organist and Choirmaster, Benjamin Kolodziej, will play all 720 hymns in The Hymnal 1982, playing an introduction and then one stanza of each. During this come-and-go event, the church will be open for people to drop by, listen for a few minutes, or even sing along! The hymnal marathon will be livestreamed on the church’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and the Music at St John’s Facebook page.
The approximate schedule will be as follows:
9.30am-11am, Hymns 1-100
11.15-12.45: Hymns 101-200
1.00-2.20: Hymns 201-300
2.35-4.05: Hymns 301-400
4.20-5.40: Hymns 401-500
6.00-7.20: Hymns 501-600
7.35-9.20: Hymns 601-720
Sonare Baroque Ensemble: October 10 (Sunday, 3pm)
Performing on period instruments including baroque violins and viola da gamba, this ensemble, directed by Eric Smith, has performed throughout the Southeast. This program, entitled “Stylus Fantasticus,” will feature music of Rosenmüller, Biber, Schmelzer, Buxtehude, Muffat, and more. The concert is free; a reception will follow the concert in the parish hall.
All Saints Choral Evensong: November 7 (Sunday, 5pm)
St. John’s Cantate Deo Choir sings the historic and gentle evensong liturgy with music from Gerre Hancock, Brewer and Rutter.
A reception will follow in parish hall.
Festival Service of Lessons and Carols: December 12 (Sunday, 5pm)
Join the choirs, instrumentalists and congregation as we song the great hymns of Advent and Christmas in this service inspired
by the English cathedral tradition.
Epiphany Choral Evensong: January 9 (Sunday, 5pm)
St John’s Cantate Deo choir sings music of Sheppard, Shera, and Cornelius, as well as the great hymns of Epiphany
Silent Movie—Benjamin Kolodziej, organist: January 23 (Sunday, 6pm, parish hall)
“Faced with impending bankruptcy, Buster learns that he will inherit seven million dollars from his grandfathers will if he is married before 7:00 pm
on this 27th birthday… today!” This 1925 silent comedy features one of the greatest actors of the era – Buster Keaton, accompanied by Benjamin Kolodziej
on the theatre organ. Popcorn will be served.
Stephen Nielson, Pianist: February 20 (Sunday, 3pm, parish hall)
Nielson, an internationally-renowned pianist, will rededicate the Kawai grand piano
which returned to the church parish hall in 2020.
Exhibition/Lecture/Hymn Sing: May 15 (Sunday, 3pm, parish hall)
“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus: Prayerbooks and Hymnals of the Ages”
This curated lecture/hymn sing will focus on books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from the collection of Benjamin Kolodziej,
who will lecture, assisted by the St. John’s choir.
Rev. Dr. James Marriott, Organist
St. John’s Cantate Deo Choir sings Choral Evensong for Pentecost, featuring Preces and Reponses of Orlando Gibbons
and Canticles by 20th-century American composer Craig Phillips. St John’s Organist and Choirmaster Benjamin Kolodziej
conducts. Organist Dr. Jim Marriott, Kreft Chair for Music Arts and director of Music Arts at Concordia Seminary in
St Louis, will serve as organist for the service and will play a hymn festival immediately following evensong.