Lenten Evensong

Posted: 2/19/2015

Our annual Lenten Evensong is fast approaching on Sunday, March 1st, at 5:00 p.m. This year's service will include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B-flat by Henry Purcell, and George Frederic Handel's anthem As pants the hart, a setting of Psalm 42. The high point of 18th century English choral music was reached when Handel (1685-1759), the German-born master of Italian opera, settled in London. He wrote eleven grandiose works based on the Psalms during his association with the Chapel Royal. Handel?s setting of Psalm 42 is one of his earlier contributions to the Chapel repertoire. We will hear the third of five different versions Handel created of this work, and will welcome oboe, strings, and continuo to accompany the choir and soloists.