Concerts and Special Services

Welcome to the 2017-2018 musical season at Christ Church Grosse Pointe!

FEEL     the Spirit of classical music sung to the glory of God.
HEAR     the voices of exceptionally talented and accomplished artists.
EXPERIENCE     the majesty of soaring sounds in a sacred space of exquisite beauty.
APPRECIATE     the warmth of a caring community of music lovers from all walks of life.
JOIN US for another extraordinary season of Music at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. We look forward to having you with us!

CLICK HERE to download the 2017-18 Music Brochure


CONCERTS

Pre-concert lectures will occur before each concert (except Bon Voyage Concert) beginning at 3 pm
(free and open to the public).

NOTE:  All concerts and other musical events have open, non-reserved seating. If  tickets are required, they can be purchased either in advance at the church office or at the door.

A Mighty Fortress
Music to mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 • 4:30 pm
Christ Church Schola

Music by Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, and Johann Sebastian Bach including his Cantata No. 80, ‘Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott.’
Freewill offering

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 • 4:30 pm
Christ Church Chorale, Soloists, and Orchestra

The Chorale performs Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’ provocative work based on texts from the Ordinary of the Mass, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge.
Tickets $20

Messiah: George Frideric Handel
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 • 4:30 pm
Christ Church Chorale, Soloists, and Orchestra

As we prepare for Christmas, the Chorale celebrates the season in a performance of George Frideric Handel’s greatest masterpiece.
Tickets $25

St. John Passion: Johann Sebastian Bach
Palm Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 • 4:30 pm
Christ Church Chorale, Soloists, and Orchestra

As we begin the journey of Holy Week, the Chorale performs Bach’s gripping masterpiece retelling the arrest, trials, death, and burial of Jesus.
Tickets $20

Easter and Ascension Oratorios: Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday, May 6, 2018 • 4:30 pm
Christ Church Choirs

Join the choirs in the final concert of the season marking the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Featuring two of J. S. Bach’s most dramatic cantatas written for the season of Easter.
Freewill Offering

Bon Voyage Concert
Wednesday, July 18, 2018* • 7 pm
Christ Church Choirs

The choir presents selections from their upcoming tour to England where they will be in residence at Durham Cathedral.
*Concert date subject to change.
Freewill Offering


SPECIAL SERVICES

Free and open to the public.

All Souls’ Requiem
Sunday, November 5, 2017 • 4:30 pm
A service in remembrance of all the faithful departed (featuring Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem).

Advent Procession
Sunday, December 3, 2017 • 4:30 pm
A service of readings and music celebrating the Advent of Our Lord.

Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 17, 2017 • 4:30 pm
A service of readings and music celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord.
Doors open at 3:45 pm. Pre-service organ recital at 4 pm.

Epiphany Procession
Friday, January 5, 2018 • 7 pm
A service of readings and music celebrating the Manifestation of God in the form of Jesus Christ.

Feast of the Presentation
Friday, February 2, 2018 • 7 pm
A Candlemas procession followed by a Solemn Holy Eucharist celebrating the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple.

Easter Lessons and Carols
Sunday, April 15, 2018 • 4:30 pm
A service of readings and music celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Feast of the Ascension
Thursday, May 10, 2018 • 7 pm
Solemn Holy Eucharist celebrating the ascension of Jesus to heaven.


EVENSONG

The service of Evensong (or sung Evening Prayer) is drawn almost entirely from the Bible: Psalms, lessons from the Old and New Testaments, and Canticles (songs of praise from the Scriptures).
Music is an integral part of this service, and the choirs offer sung prayers to God on behalf of the people of God.

Free and open to the public. A reception follows each service.

Sundays at 4:30 pm
Sept. 17, 2017 – Schola
Sept. 24, 2017 – Schola
Oct. 1, 2017 – Schola
Oct. 8, 2017 – Professional Core
Oct. 15, 2017 – Boy & Girl Choristers
Oct. 29, 2017 – Schola
Nov. 19, 2017 – Schola Trebles
Jan. 7, 2018 – Visiting Choir
Jan. 14, 2018 – Visiting Choir
Jan. 21, 2018 – Visiting Choir
Jan. 28, 2018 – Schola
Feb. 4, 2018 – Men and Girls
Feb. 11, 2018 – Schola
Feb. 25, 2018 – Schola
Mar. 4, 2018 – Schola
Mar. 11, 2018 – Schola
Mar. 18, 2018 – Boy & Girl Choristers
Apr. 22, 2018 – Schola
Apr. 29, 2018 – Schola
May 13, 2018 – Schola
May 20, 2018 – Combined Choirs with Installation and Valediction of Choristers

Congregational Evensong November 26, February 18, and April 8.

Please note there is no Evensong on December 31 and April 1.