Sunday August 22, 2021
Past Concerts and Events
the Choral Music
of Black Composers
Saturday June 11, 2022
presented in conjunction with Christ Church Episcopal Chattanooga.
This concert celebrated the choral music of black composers, featuring works by Rosephanye Powell, Nathaniel Dett, Undine Smith Moore, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Mitchell Southall, Marques Garrett, and Keith Hampton.
There event included a pre-concert chat at 6:00pm in Fox Hall, led by Neshawn Calloway, where we discussed the historical and cultural relevance of Choral Music by Black Composers, as well as how musicians can best communicate that story through performance.
An Office of Tenebrae
Tuesday April 11,
Presented in conjunction with Christ Church Episcopal Chattanooga on April 11, 2022
The name Tenebae (the Latin word for darkness or shadows) has traditionally been given to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday December 5, 2021
Presented in conjunction with Christ Church Episcopal, Chattanooga.
Celebrating Christmas carols, hymns, and poetry both new and old, this service of lessons and carols is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! The nine lessons told as a part of this service walk through the Christmas story, from Earth's creation to the arrival of the Magi to witness the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger. Each choral carol and congregational hymn is meant to accentuate the stories told through these lessons, and to inspire joy and wonderment in the miracle of the Christmas story.
Featuring carols by:
Sunday August 22, 2021
On August 22, 2021 at 3:00pm, Chorus Angelorum Chattanooga, with The Church of the Good Shepherd, presented their premiere live concert - Home - featuring works by Pavel Chesnokov, Stephen Paulus, and many more, celebrating the Earth and Universe humanity calls home.
Wednesday March 31, 2021
An Office of Tenebrae
The word "Tenebrae" is translated to mean "darkness" or "shadows" and has for centuries bee applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services - Matins and Lauds - that last the final three days, the Sacred Triduum, of Holy Week.
In the Episcopal Church, the three major services of the Sacred Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil, are celebrated around sunset, noon, and midnight respectively. The Office of Tenebrae is celebrated as a preparatory service on the evening before these three days. The office is structured around the chanting of psalms, readings, and responsories.
The most distinguishing feature of the service is the lighting and gradual extinguishing of fifteen candles until only one - symbolic of Christ - remains. This candle is hidden, typifying the apparent victory of evil. A sudden thunderous noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of resurrection, and the lit candle is returned to its place, suggesting Christ's eventual triumph.
The beauty of this symbolism, combined with the tranquility of the chant and choral responses, leaves the soul feeling refreshed, relaxed, and prepared for the three days to come.
Sunday December 20, 2020
The inaugural performance for Chorus Angelorum was a virtual service of Lessons and Carols, filmed over several weeks in order to adhere to the strict safety regulations for COVID-19 at the time.
The first order for Lessons and Carols was drawn up by W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for use in the wooden shed, which then served as his cathedral in Truro, at 10p.m. on Christmas Eve, 1880. Soon after, other churches adapted the service for their own use, most notably the chapel of King's College, Cambridge, under Dean Eric Milner-White in 1918. His experience as an army chaplain convinced him that the Church of England needed more imaginative worship. Since 1919, the service has always begun with the hymn "Once in Royal David's City." In almost every year the choice of carols has varied, and some new ones have been introduced. However, the backbone of the service, the lessons and the prayers, have remained virtually unchanged. From time to time King's College receives copies of service held, for example, in the West Indies or the Far East, and these show how widely the tradition has spread. Wherever the service is heard and however it is adapted, whether the music is provided by choir or congregation, the pattern and strength of the service, as Dean Milner-White pointed out, derives from the lessons and not the music. "The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God..." seen "through the windows and the words of the Bible."
Local interests appear, as they do here, in the Bidding Prayer; and personal circumstances give point to different parts of the service. Many of those who took part in the first service must have recalled those killed in the Great War when it came to the famous passage "all those who rejoice with us, but on another shore and in a greater light." The center of the service is still found by those who "go in heart and mind" and who consent to follow where the story leads.
This service is available for viewing on our YouTube Channel.