Vivaldi’s Gloria: A Concert of Beloved Choral Music to Celebrate St. Stephen’s 175 Years in Armonk
A world premier by Britain’s ‘favorite composer’ will be a highlight of the community event at 4:00 pm on Sunday October 29.
An afternoon performance of Vivaldi's 'Gloria' and other beloved choral and instrumental music is one of many events this year celebrating the 175th Anniversary of St. Stephen's Church in Armonk. The concert will also feature a world premier piece commissioned by St. Stephen's from acclaimed British composer Paul Mealor, 'How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place'.
Mealor is best known for his piece 'Ubi Caritas', written for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Mealor was voted 'Britain's Favorite Composer' in 2016 and has worked with choirs and orchestras all over the world. Festive music from previous centuries, including pieces written for the coronation of Edward VII and also sung at the coronation of George V and Handel's 'Zadok the Priest', written for the coronation of George II.
Tickets for Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ are $15/$10 online at www.ststephensarmonk.org or $20/$15 at the door. The concert will take place in the church from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A reception follows this concert and is included in the ticket price.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, located in the historic Mile Square center of Armonk, is celebrating 175th year, with a year-long series of special events and concerts. Rev. Nils Chittenden said, "In 1842, a small group of Episcopalian Christians founded a parish in the town of North Castle, built a beautiful sanctuary in the Greek Revival style and, in so doing, established a community that led to the founding of modern-day Armonk. In this bucolic 'fishing place between the hills', St. Stephen's has been a faithful presence through turbulent times for our country and the joys and sorrows of people's everyday lives. We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate all of the good that St. Stephen's has brought to Armonk."
Rev. Chittenden added, “The text of the new piece written by Mealor is an adaptation of the New International Version translation of Psalm 84. A psalm was chosen so as to be as inclusive as possible to all of Armonk's faith communities: both Christian and Jewish. Psalm 84 talks of the beauty of God's sanctuary, and we celebrate the beauty of the buildings that our forebears have given us. The Psalm also talks about the beauty of creation, the swallows and the sparrows that fly about the sanctuary - which is true of St. Stephen's - and it talks of the watercourses and hills. Perhaps most importantly, though, it talks about us being a pilgrim people. Ultimately we are on a journey in our faith, towards the Holy City.”
For more information, please visit: http://www.ststephensarmonk.org/events/