Music for September 24

All are warmly invited to an Ensemble Boulanger recital this weekend, tied in to our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of St. Michael’s nave. On Sunday, September 24 at 4pm, soprano Emma Riggle and pianist Hannah Brewer will present a selection of songs, piano solos, and piano duets by turn-of-the-century women. The program From Paris to Chicago will offer selections by French and American composers Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), sisters Nadia (1887-1979) and Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), Amy Beach (1867-1944), Florence Price (1887-1953), and Margaret Bonds (1913-1972), almost all of whom were alive and composing when our nave was constructed 100 years ago. You’ll hear remarkable works from 20-year-old Parisian Lili Boulanger to powerhouse African-American composers Price and Bonds, whose careers flourished in early to mid-century Chicago. The musical journey ends with light refreshments in the gallery after the program.

Please also help to honor St. Michael’s musical and architectural history by joining us for Choral Evensong for the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels on Friday, September 29 at 7 PM. Using the 1892 Prayer Book and musical settings from around 100 years ago, we will celebrate our organ, choirs, and sacred space. Musical selections include Stanford’s Evening Service in G, Bruckner’s Locus iste, Parry’s I was glad, and organ voluntaries by Frank Bridge and Eugène Gigout. Please join us for a reception following the service.