Trinity Cathedral Music 2014

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EvensongMonthly Choral Evensong

Most First Sundays, 5:00 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral

This ritual of sung evening prayers and praises is one of the treasures of the Englishspeaking world and offers a wonderful opportunity for quiet contemplation on the eve of the work week. A combination of the ancient monastic services of Vespers (at sunset) and Compline (at bedtime), Evensong features chanted Psalms and rich musical settings of the Song of Mary (Magnificat) and the Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis). This season, we are very pleased to restore the practice of offering Evensong at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, with the exception of December (for Lessons & Carols) and May (for an organ and chant meditation on Easter themes).

April 6, 2014                         
Evensong for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Cathedral Chamber Singers offer Gregorian chant and music of G. P. da Palestrina, with organ voluntaries played by Hannah Brewer, organist at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Portland.

May 4, 2014                          
Eastertide Organ Meditation
Michael Kleinschmidt plays Widor’s complete Symphonie Romane—a ravishing journey in French organ sound based on Gregorian Easter melodies to be chanted by members of the Trinity Choir.

June 1, 2014                        
Evensong: Choir Tour Farewell
The Trinity Choir sings music for its residency at Bristol Cathedral, England, August 2014, with organ voluntaries offered by Christopher Keady, Organ Scholar, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland.


The Triduum & Easter

Central to the life of the Christian Community at Trinity is The Three Days—the Triduum—in which the profound and universal truths of death and rebirth are celebrated in rituals and songs that tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Some of the most sublime sacred music of all time is offered in the context of the services offered each of the three nights leading up to Easter Day. They are meant to be taken as a whole experience, like an opera in three acts spread over the course of three nights.

The Triduum (Three Days)
Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Sung liturgies each evening with the Trinity Choir.

Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Two identical Festival Eucharist services for Easter Sunday featuring the Trinity Choir, brass, and timpani.


Alternative Liturgies

For the fifth season, Joe Rose and a team of parishioners and friends will offer services of prayer, readings, and reflections accompanied by 20th and early 21st century rock, blues, jazz, and folk music. These liturgies challenge common assumptions about the role of popular music in Christian faith and practice. Good-will donations will be collected to benefit Trinity Hunger Ministries. Contact: Joe Rose, (503) 281-7599,

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m., Kempton Hall
Turn and Face the Strange: David Bowie Liturgy
What do David Bowie's classic rock song "Space Oddity" and Christ's anguish in the garden have in common? Come to this alternative Lenten liturgy set to the songs of consummate musical chameleon to find out. From a theological examination of "Major Tom" to the meditation on death found on "The Next Day," the music, mingled with readings and prayers, span Bowie's career. All proceeds from a free-will offering benefit Trinity's hunger programs, which served more than 40,000 meals last year.

BeatlesSaturday, July 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Trinity Courtyard
Trinity Courtyard
The Beatles Porchlight Concert
As part of the national celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America, an outdoor alternative liturgy set to the music of the world's most timeless band. A lineup of Portland musicians will perform The Beatles' songs of grace, transcendence, peace, justice and, most of all, love, love, love.

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Pacific Youth Choir in Residence at Trinity

Directed by Mia Hall Miller
Pacific Youth Choir continues its residence at Trinity Cathedral with 10 choirs and singers ranging in age from 5 – 19. The mission of the Pacific Youth Choir is to instill a lifelong love of music in each student. Through practice, performance, and education, PYC singers build their skills and emerge as confident young adults. Trinity’s music ministry is committed to the music education of young people and is happy once again to host the Pacific Youth Choir at Trinity.
Contact: Ruth Finn,


2014 Performances

Spring Concert
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2:00 pm
Elementary and Middle School Choirs (Music Makers, Nova, and Cascadia)
5:00 pm High School Choirs (Coro Pacifica, Tsunami, Pacific, and Chamber)
Tickets ($12, $20, $30) may be purchased at the door or by calling PYC at 503-780–1675.

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