In addition to leading the musical portions of our worship, the St. Barnabas Choir also forms the Concert Choir of St. Barnabas, which presents concerts each year. With the creative leadership of J. Michael Roush, Director of Music, these critically praised concerts have established a high standard for musical performance. Performances have included a cappella choral groups, choirs accompanied by both modern and early instrument orchestras, and visiting organ soloists. Metropolitan opera star, Jessye Norman, upon hearing the choir and the church’s acoustics, asked the choir to record with her a Christmas CD, “In the Spirit,” available worldwide. Looking to the future a new choral and orchestral work, The Mattern Mass, was commissioned. This work, as well as the Bruckner Motets, was recorded by our choir and a CD has been released that is available from the St. Barnabas Music Department.
2016-17 Concert Season
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach in three concerts
J. Michael Roush
Sunday, November 6 - 4:15 p.m.
In celebration of the very first Richards, Fowkes organ, now 25 years old, J. Michael Roush will play the same dedication program he performed in 1991. Works by Bach, Walther, Sowerby, Pachelbel and Lefebure-Wely.
Christmas in Leipzig
Sunday, December 11 - 4:15 p.m.
The St. Barnabas Choir will present as the centerpiece of this program the monumental Singet dem Herrn along with other Christmas music from Bach's Leipzig.
St. John Passion
Sunday, March 26 - 4:15 p.m.
TENET and The Sebastians Baroque Orchestra will present the dramatic setting of the Passion by J. S. Bach.
Lecture at 3:30: Dr. Harold W. Attridge, former Dean of the Yale Divinity School
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