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Christ Church Rochester         Christmas and Epiphany 2016 & 2017             The Song                                                                     vol. 2  issue 2

 

Christmas woodcut ©1985 V. Jutsum (pictured above)

 © Renate Eckart(above) 

Christmas block print © 2000 Val Jutsum (below) digital media

Holiest night, Darkness lifts, and from heaven shines a lovely and splendid light. Angels appear and announce peace. Sweetly singing their cheerful songs. Come, Christians, wake and come quickly! Follow the shepherds who are eagerly coming, hurry to Bethlehem, come see your crown, here lies the child. Divine child! Now morning is beaming down upon us, God has embraced humanity and the world. Go now to the manger and see the child. See the joyous shepherds. Rejoice and sing to God, praise heaven and earth. Hallelujah!

 

 

 

 

 
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editors letter


Editor note:

Bodies are like wrappers. They are the outside part that covers a present. They wear the bow and the label. Yet, they are, in fact, integral to the health of the person, inside. They are the Möbius Band. The outside and the inside are the same side.

 

The building of Christ Church Rochester is the body of the life inside it. It is a community center, in the heart of Rochester’s East End Cultural District, where people get fed in all the ways that are essential. Actual food is served twice a week to people who need it by Meal and More. World class organ concerts, called Tuesday Pipes, take place for free every Tuesday at lunch time in connection with the Eastman School of Music. The large garden provides welcoming green space downtown and is a haven for migrating butterflies in connection with the Seneca Park Zoo, as well as an outdoor gallery space for contemporary art exhibitions for ROCO and the building is a venue for The Rochester Jazz Fest. The human spirit is nurtured in the experience of the ancient, sung service of Compline every Sunday night, October through April, as well as the practice of christian Episcopal worship in the Anglo-Catholic style on Sunday mornings all year long. 

 

Christ Church Rochester needs your help to repair and maintain the 150 year old body of stone and tree and grass; of music and food and caring; of art and love. Please consider making a gift of a tax-deductible donation by visiting http://christchurchrochester.org  or  http://songforchristchurch.org   Thank you. 

 

This is the time of year we give gifts to total strangers, co-workers, friends and our dearest, dear ones. We wrap them because we know that the wrapping is important.

 

Val Jutsum

 

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editors letter


Editor note:

Bodies are like wrappers. They are the outside part that covers a present. They wear the bow and the label. Yet, they are, in fact, integral to the health of the person, inside. They are the Möbius Band. The outside and the inside are the same side.

 

The building of Christ Church Rochester is the body of the life inside it. It is a community center, in the heart of Rochester’s East End Cultural District, where people get fed in all the ways that are essential. Actual food is served twice a week to people who need it by Meal and More. World class organ concerts, called Tuesday Pipes, take place for free every Tuesday at lunch time in connection with the Eastman School of Music. The large garden provides welcoming green space downtown and is a haven for migrating butterflies in connection with the Seneca Park Zoo, as well as an outdoor gallery space for contemporary art exhibitions for ROCO and the building is a venue for The Rochester Jazz Fest. The human spirit is nurtured in the experience of the ancient, sung service of Compline every Sunday night, October through April, as well as the practice of christian Episcopal worship in the Anglo-Catholic style on Sunday mornings all year long. 

 

Christ Church Rochester needs your help to repair and maintain the 150 year old body of stone and tree and grass; of music and food and caring; of art and love. Please consider making a gift of a tax-deductible donation by visiting http://christchurchrochester.org  or  http://songforchristchurch.org   Thank you. 

 

This is the time of year we give gifts to total strangers, co-workers, friends and our dearest, dear ones. We wrap them because we know that the wrapping is important.

 

Val Jutsum

 

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                                               Rector's Notes

“For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. 

So collapse. 

Crumble.

This is not your destruction. 

This is your birth.”

            Nikka Ursula

 

I feel so much compassion for the wise men who followed the star. When I was a child, my compassion surfaced as pity. No matter which crèche or nativity seen, I always read them the same: they were sad because the real king was this baby. And they had been told to give away the things that made them so kingly. To give them to the baby. Later in life my compassion surfaced as sympathy. They were the last to make it to the manger. The angels burst open the night sky with song and light for the shepherds, but not for the wise men. Far away from those angel lit skies, the wise men had to study and question all on their own the star that appeared. The slowness of their long journey seemed symbolic of the slowness of their understanding - punishment even, for living inside their heads as astrologers, as scholars.

Midlife opens a new perspective. They are wise because they don’t care about the knowledge they’ve amassed. Maybe at one point in their lives they did, but not now. These old men want to concede their power to the child – they don’t take it personally. They know that in every age there is an old order, and the old order must die to the new – they don’t take this personally, either.

They’ve lived long enough to know that true power is surrender. Surrender of possessions that otherwise possess us, whether those possessions are in our bank accounts or in our heads.  They know that every beginning is preceded by an ending, and they are comfortable enough in their own skin to be known in their period of history as “the ending.” 

And yet this changing of the guard at the manger will not mean a swift transition into the new order. Laying their crowns at the baby’s manger is not such a big deal.  What makes them wise, what makes them stand apart from everyone else, what makes them fit to be kings is how they are willing to live out the rest of their lives as strangers instead of kings. Leaving their crowns with the baby is the easy part. The hard part, the part they came all this way for, is the return journey. They won’t be the same after the manger experience (no one ever is). They won’t fit in. And they probably know that no one back home will listen to them, let alone believe them. There are journeys we make that are the stuff of legends, that are even Biblical in proportion. The journey of the magi, led by the star, is one of them.

 But it’s this other journey that fills me with compassion for the magi. It’s not so much that they won’t be the kings they once were but, (in the words of T.S. Elliot) they will live out the rest of their lives “no longer at ease in the old dispensation,” which is a hard way to live. And yet it’s the only life to live if you’ve seen and understood what the wise men have.

Maybe they’ll become prophets.

Ruth+

 

 

 

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                                               Rector's Notes

“For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. 

So collapse. 

Crumble.

This is not your destruction. 

This is your birth.”

            Nikka Ursula

 

I feel so much compassion for the wise men who followed the star. When I was a child, my compassion surfaced as pity. No matter which crèche or nativity seen, I always read them the same: they were sad because the real king was this baby. And they had been told to give away the things that made them so kingly. To give them to the baby. Later in life my compassion surfaced as sympathy. They were the last to make it to the manger. The angels burst open the night sky with song and light for the shepherds, but not for the wise men. Far away from those angel lit skies, the wise men had to study and question all on their own the star that appeared. The slowness of their long journey seemed symbolic of the slowness of their understanding - punishment even, for living inside their heads as astrologers, as scholars.

Midlife opens a new perspective. They are wise because they don’t care about the knowledge they’ve amassed. Maybe at one point in their lives they did, but not now. These old men want to concede their power to the child – they don’t take it personally. They know that in every age there is an old order, and the old order must die to the new – they don’t take this personally, either.

They’ve lived long enough to know that true power is surrender. Surrender of possessions that otherwise possess us, whether those possessions are in our bank accounts or in our heads.  They know that every beginning is preceded by an ending, and they are comfortable enough in their own skin to be known in their period of history as “the ending.” 

And yet this changing of the guard at the manger will not mean a swift transition into the new order. Laying their crowns at the baby’s manger is not such a big deal.  What makes them wise, what makes them stand apart from everyone else, what makes them fit to be kings is how they are willing to live out the rest of their lives as strangers instead of kings. Leaving their crowns with the baby is the easy part. The hard part, the part they came all this way for, is the return journey. They won’t be the same after the manger experience (no one ever is). They won’t fit in. And they probably know that no one back home will listen to them, let alone believe them. There are journeys we make that are the stuff of legends, that are even Biblical in proportion. The journey of the magi, led by the star, is one of them.

 But it’s this other journey that fills me with compassion for the magi. It’s not so much that they won’t be the kings they once were but, (in the words of T.S. Elliot) they will live out the rest of their lives “no longer at ease in the old dispensation,” which is a hard way to live. And yet it’s the only life to live if you’ve seen and understood what the wise men have.

Maybe they’ll become prophets.

Ruth+

 

 

 

Light over Bethlehem 2003©T.Jutsum

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Stephen Kennedy


 

 

MUSIC NOTES FROM STEPHEN

 

The Christmas season will be richly celebrated at Christ Church with music from the Christ Church Choir, Youth Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, VanDelinder Fellows: Jiaqi Shao, Madeleine Woodworth, and Alden Wright; Associate organists: David Higgs and William Porter, an international string ensemble: Janet Milnes, Liza Sommers, George Taylor, Noah Fields, Steven Doane, Rosie Elliott, Benjamin Doane, and Cathy Elliott; and the Smith Family String Players.

 

At the 5:00 P.M. Eucharist, the Christ Church Youth Ensemble will perform two works from "A Ceremony of Carols" composed by Benjamin Britten in 1942: "Procession" and "This Little Babe".  The Smith Family String Players will perform two carols. VanDelinder Fellows: Jiaqi Shao, Madeleine Woodworth, and Alden Wright lead and direct the music for this liturgy.

 

Come early to get a seat for the 10:30 P.M. Eucharist with prelude beginning at 10:15 P.M. Prelude music will consist of a medley of carols on strings and organ including the Christ Church Choir.  Choral works will include: Heiligste Nacht by Johann Michael Haydn (Arr. Stephen Kennedy); Jesus Christ The Apple Tree by Elizabeth Poston; and a setting of the Ave Maria by Camille Saint-Saëns. Our Associate Organists: David Higgs and William Porter will lead the singing of carols from the organ in this Solemn sung liturgy.

 

The Christmas Day Eucharist on Sunday, the 25th will be at 10:00 A.M. and will feature the singing of Christmas Carols by the congregation.  Former Fellow, Stacey Yang will play voluntaries, and William Porter and Stephen Kennedy will lead the hymn singing from the organ.  

 

Compline, sung by the Schola Cantorum will not be observed on Sunday, December 25, but will resume on Sunday, January 1st and will be preceded by a Candlelight Concert with a reception following Compline. The title of this concert will be: "A Viennese New Year in Rochester: Mozart and Mendelssohn on Historical Instruments.” Duo Glenna Curren and Christopher Petit will perform works by Mendelssohn and Mozart, including Mozart's rarely-heard work for cello and piano, completed by Annette Isserlis. The performance will feature Eastman's fortepiano: a replica of a 1795 piano by Anton Walter, the most famous Viennese maker of the time. Ms. Curren will perform on a Milanese cello built circa 1700.

 

Program

Andantino for piano and cello - W. A. Mozart (completed by Anette Isserlis)

 

Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello, Opus 45 - Felix Mendelssohn

 

Song Without Words for Cello and Piano, Op. 109 - Mendelssohn (published posthumously)

 

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Merry Christmas everyone!

SATURDAY, January 7, 2017

• 7:00-8:00 p.m. 12th Night Celebration:  Procession of the Three Kings, the Christ Church Choir. David Higgs and Stephen Kennedy, organists.

 

 

 

For more information about concerts and music events, please visit the Christ Church website: http://christchurchrochester.org/index.html.

 

 

Here are just a few ways in which Christ Church members and friends may participate in our initiative:

• Becoming an Usher/Candle-lighter for Compline on Sunday Nights

• Make contributions to our Friends of Music Fund. This fund supports music at Christ Church.  It also enables us to provide musical outreach to the Rochester community through music training programs, concerts, and enables us to enhance our liturgies with music.  

• Purchase our various CD recordings for friends and family members as gifts.

• Assist in publicizing music at Christ Church by helping sending emails to the local media

 

Please contact me if you are interested in participating in any aspect of our music program at Christ Church. Stephen Kennedy, Music Director stephenk@rochester.rr.com

 

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“Tuesday Pipes” at Christ Church: Every Tuesday, Eastman performers, faculty, and alumni will present a 25-minute lunchtime concert at Christ Church. Performances showcase the Craighead-Saunders Organ and Hook & Hastings Organ. Events begin at 12:10pm and are free and open to the public. For more information on the Tuesday Pipes series, please visit http://www.esm.rochester.edu/organ/events/

 

 

 

 

For more information about concerts and music events, please visit the Christ Church website: 

http://www.christchurchrochester.org/

You can also find the billboard of ongoing and special future events by going to the top of this section and clicking on the link "MUSIC GALLERY".

Here are just a few ways in which Christ Church members and friends may participate in our program:

• Becoming an Usher/Candle-lighter for Compline

• Make contributions to our Friends of Music Fund. This fund supports music at Christ Church.  It also enables us to provide musical outreach to the Rochester community through music-training programs, concerts, and enables us to enhance our liturgies with music.  

• Purchase our various CD recordings for friends and family members as gifts.

• Assist in publicizing music at Christ Church by helping sending emails to the local media

 

Please contact me if you are interested in participating in any aspect of our music program at Christ Church. Stephen Kennedy, Music Director stephenk@rochester.rr.com

 

You may also support our music education and enrichment opportunities for young musicians who are dedicating their lives to the field of sacred music by contributing to Christ Church’s "Friends of Music" fund.

Please continue to follow the musical life of our parish by reading the monthly Music Notes and Calendar that are emailed from my address  via MailChimp. 

-Click on the posters below for a full page view.

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Stephen Kennedy


 

 

MUSIC NOTES FROM STEPHEN

 

The Christmas season will be richly celebrated at Christ Church with music from the Christ Church Choir, Youth Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, VanDelinder Fellows: Jiaqi Shao, Madeleine Woodworth, and Alden Wright; Associate organists: David Higgs and William Porter, an international string ensemble: Janet Milnes, Liza Sommers, George Taylor, Noah Fields, Steven Doane, Rosie Elliott, Benjamin Doane, and Cathy Elliott; and the Smith Family String Players.

 

At the 5:00 P.M. Eucharist, the Christ Church Youth Ensemble will perform two works from "A Ceremony of Carols" composed by Benjamin Britten in 1942: "Procession" and "This Little Babe".  The Smith Family String Players will perform two carols. VanDelinder Fellows: Jiaqi Shao, Madeleine Woodworth, and Alden Wright lead and direct the music for this liturgy.

 

Come early to get a seat for the 10:30 P.M. Eucharist with prelude beginning at 10:15 P.M. Prelude music will consist of a medley of carols on strings and organ including the Christ Church Choir.  Choral works will include: Heiligste Nacht by Johann Michael Haydn (Arr. Stephen Kennedy); Jesus Christ The Apple Tree by Elizabeth Poston; and a setting of the Ave Maria by Camille Saint-Saëns. Our Associate Organists: David Higgs and William Porter will lead the singing of carols from the organ in this Solemn sung liturgy.

 

The Christmas Day Eucharist on Sunday, the 25th will be at 10:00 A.M. and will feature the singing of Christmas Carols by the congregation.  Former Fellow, Stacey Yang will play voluntaries, and William Porter and Stephen Kennedy will lead the hymn singing from the organ.  

 

Compline, sung by the Schola Cantorum will not be observed on Sunday, December 25, but will resume on Sunday, January 1st and will be preceded by a Candlelight Concert with a reception following Compline. The title of this concert will be: "A Viennese New Year in Rochester: Mozart and Mendelssohn on Historical Instruments.” Duo Glenna Curren and Christopher Petit will perform works by Mendelssohn and Mozart, including Mozart's rarely-heard work for cello and piano, completed by Annette Isserlis. The performance will feature Eastman's fortepiano: a replica of a 1795 piano by Anton Walter, the most famous Viennese maker of the time. Ms. Curren will perform on a Milanese cello built circa 1700.

 

Program

Andantino for piano and cello - W. A. Mozart (completed by Anette Isserlis)

 

Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello, Opus 45 - Felix Mendelssohn

 

Song Without Words for Cello and Piano, Op. 109 - Mendelssohn (published posthumously)

 

***

 

Merry Christmas everyone!

SATURDAY, January 7, 2017

• 7:00-8:00 p.m. 12th Night Celebration:  Procession of the Three Kings, the Christ Church Choir. David Higgs and Stephen Kennedy, organists.

 

 

 

For more information about concerts and music events, please visit the Christ Church website: http://christchurchrochester.org/index.html.

 

 

Here are just a few ways in which Christ Church members and friends may participate in our initiative:

• Becoming an Usher/Candle-lighter for Compline on Sunday Nights

• Make contributions to our Friends of Music Fund. This fund supports music at Christ Church.  It also enables us to provide musical outreach to the Rochester community through music training programs, concerts, and enables us to enhance our liturgies with music.  

• Purchase our various CD recordings for friends and family members as gifts.

• Assist in publicizing music at Christ Church by helping sending emails to the local media

 

Please contact me if you are interested in participating in any aspect of our music program at Christ Church. Stephen Kennedy, Music Director stephenk@rochester.rr.com

 

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“Tuesday Pipes” at Christ Church: Every Tuesday, Eastman performers, faculty, and alumni will present a 25-minute lunchtime concert at Christ Church. Performances showcase the Craighead-Saunders Organ and Hook & Hastings Organ. Events begin at 12:10pm and are free and open to the public. For more information on the Tuesday Pipes series, please visit http://www.esm.rochester.edu/organ/events/

 

 

 

 

For more information about concerts and music events, please visit the Christ Church website: 

http://www.christchurchrochester.org/

You can also find the billboard of ongoing and special future events by going to the top of this section and clicking on the link "MUSIC GALLERY".

Here are just a few ways in which Christ Church members and friends may participate in our program:

• Becoming an Usher/Candle-lighter for Compline

• Make contributions to our Friends of Music Fund. This fund supports music at Christ Church.  It also enables us to provide musical outreach to the Rochester community through music-training programs, concerts, and enables us to enhance our liturgies with music.  

• Purchase our various CD recordings for friends and family members as gifts.

• Assist in publicizing music at Christ Church by helping sending emails to the local media

 

Please contact me if you are interested in participating in any aspect of our music program at Christ Church. Stephen Kennedy, Music Director stephenk@rochester.rr.com

 

You may also support our music education and enrichment opportunities for young musicians who are dedicating their lives to the field of sacred music by contributing to Christ Church’s "Friends of Music" fund.

Please continue to follow the musical life of our parish by reading the monthly Music Notes and Calendar that are emailed from my address  via MailChimp. 

-Click on the posters below for a full page view.

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The music sound files contained here are from the new CD recordings that have just been released. These recordings are available for purchase by clicking the link below. The music used in this publication is edited.  

http://www.christchurchrochester.org/recordings-cd-shop

 

Other links of interest are:

https://www.facebook.com/ccscholacantorum/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/ChristChurchRochester/?fref=ts

http://www.christchurchrochester.org

 

Please click on the word "TOP" just below. It will take you back to the top of the opening page. From there please click on the words in the upper right side of the page to explore additional articles, news and events. There is also a photo gallery and many other wonderful things to see. The links are called:

"SONG"   "NEWS & EVENTS"  CHAPEL GALLERY"  MUSIC EVENT GALLERY"  "CONTACT"    "ARCHIVE"

The "CONTACT" page is also a place to leave comments or requests. The "ARCHIVE" page will show you past issues. 

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The music sound files contained here are from the new CD recordings that have just been released. These recordings are available for purchase by clicking the link below. The music used in this publication is edited.  

http://www.christchurchrochester.org/recordings-cd-shop

 

Other links of interest are:

https://www.facebook.com/ccscholacantorum/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/ChristChurchRochester/?fref=ts

http://www.christchurchrochester.org

 

Please click on the word "TOP" just below. It will take you back to the top of the opening page. From there please click on the words in the upper right side of the page to explore additional articles, news and events. There is also a photo gallery and many other wonderful things to see. The links are called:

"SONG"   "NEWS & EVENTS"  CHAPEL GALLERY"  MUSIC EVENT GALLERY"  "CONTACT"    "ARCHIVE"

The "CONTACT" page is also a place to leave comments or requests. The "ARCHIVE" page will show you past issues.