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Jazz Vespers: February 19th

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 in Music, Worship | 0 comments

Jazz Vespers:  February 19th

St. James Jazz Vespers — Sunday, February 19th, 5:00pm — Music of jazz standards begins at 4:50pm — She’s back again!  St. James favorite, jazz singer Marilyn Keller, returns for a third year at our monthly jazz vesper.  Marilyn is a 29-year veteran of music and stage performance with a voice that is beyond category.  Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Pop, Blues, whatever the genre, Marilyn is more than able to deliver flawless, emotional, heart-breaking vocals.  Marilyn has built a career that takes her worldwide as a featured artist in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands,...

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Christmas in January 2017!

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

Christmas in January 2017!

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio VI — RESCHEDULED DUE TO PORTLAND WINTER STORM — The Jan. 8th BACH CANTATA VESPER at St. James HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd at 5:00pm — The BACH CANTATA VESPER on January 22nd will feature the final portion of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio written to be sung on the Feast of the Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas.  This festive conclusion to Bach’s six cantata Christmas Oratorio features a large orchestra of 3 trumpets, 2 oboes, tympani, and strings. Soloists Arwen Myers (soprano), Les Green (tenor), and Kevin Walsh (baritone)...

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Holiday Events at St. James 2016-17

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 in Happenings, Music, Special Occasions, Worship | 0 comments

Holiday Events at St. James 2016-17

During this Advent and Christmas season we have many opportunities to celebrate at St. James.  Consider inviting a friend to share in the special events of this season. Bach Cantata:  Sunday, December 4th, 5:00pm. The St. James Bach Choir and Orchestra present Bach Cantata 61, written for the first Sunday in Advent.  Dr. Paul Tegels of Pacific Lutheran University will be the guest organist.  A reception in the Pioneer Chapel follows the Cantata. Lucia Sunday:  December 11th, 9:30am. Officially celebrated on December 13th, which marked the longest night of the year on the medieval...

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BACH CANTATA 61

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

BACH CANTATA 61

“Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (Now come, Savior of the Nations).  Sunday, Dec. 4th, 2016 at 5:00pm.  Composed for the First Sunday in Advent, this cantata was first performed on December 2, 1714, led by Bach.  The text was provided by Erdmann Neumeister, who quoted the Book of Revelation and framed his work by two hymn stanzas, the first from Martin Luther’s “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” the main hymn for Advent with a melody based on Medieval chant, and the final one from Philipp Nicolai’s “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern.”  The cantata is scored for three vocal...

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BACH CANTATA 115

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Happenings, Music | 0 comments

BACH CANTATA 115

“Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit” (Make yourself ready, my spirit), written for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity. Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 5:00pm. Soloists Arwen Myers (soprano), Hannah Penn (alto),  Les Green (tenor), and Kevin Walsh (bass) join the St. James Bach Choir and an orchestra of strings, flute, and oboe d’amore in singing Bach Cantata 115. Also, a new motet by Philadelphia composer Nancy Galbraith will be premiered.  Based on Psalm 133, the motet was commissioned for the Bach Vespers by St. James friend Jan Kjerne in memory of her father.  Pre-service music...

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