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Sat, Dec 16


Trinity Cathedral

Christmas Concert: This Holy Hour – A Yuletide Choral Tapestry

Join the Cathedral Choir & Choristers and harpist Kate Petak for this special evening of Christmas cheer – including the world premiere of Margaret Burk's "This Holy Hour: A Sequence of Carols for Christmas."

Christmas Concert: This Holy Hour – A Yuletide Choral Tapestry
Christmas Concert: This Holy Hour – A Yuletide Choral Tapestry

Time & Location

Dec 16, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

Trinity Cathedral

About the Event


Ring in the Christmas season with Trinity Music for a festive night of choral music and seasonal carols, including the world premiere of Margaret Burk’s This Holy Hour: A Sequence of Carols for Christmas! This ten-movement work for harp and chorus features both traditional carols and brand-new poetry, including a new carol by world-renowned poet and lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri.

Joined by harpist Kate Perak and percussionist Will Reno, members of the Trinity Choir, Cathedral Schola, and Choir School will offer traditional holiday favorites by Sir David Willcocks, Michael Praetorius, and Harold Darke in addition to exciting music by living composers Rosephanye Powell, Cecilia McDowall, Will Todd, and Michael Engelhardt, plus some opportunities to sing along with a few favorite Christmas carols!

Celebrate the beauty of the season at the Cathedral with this program of joyful and beautiful music, sure to usher in the Christmas spirit with warmth and joy.

The concert will be followed by Trinity’s much-loved Wassail Party, a holiday tradition that gives concertgoers a chance to gather with friends, meet new ones, and talk with the performers while enjoying holiday treats and hot Wassail. (Included in ticket purchase.)

About the composer: Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Burk is a conductor, composer, and vocalist committed to the transformative power of choral music. 

A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Maggie is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., where she oversees the choral area, teaches coursework in music education, choral literature, and conducting, and directs the award-winning Carthage Choir. In demand as a clinician, she recently conducted the Virginia All-State Treble Choir and has appeared as a faculty member at the Montreat Conference on Music and Worship (Montreat, NC) and the Royal School of Church Music King’s College Course (Wilkes-Barre, PA). Her 2023 engagements include conducting the Virginia District XII SATB Honor Choir (Oakton, VA), filming a masterclass for the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Organist Launchpad project (Montréal, Quebec; due to be released by 2024), serving as Music Director for the Royal School of Church Music’s Midwest Choral Festival (Evansville, IN), and conducting the Illinois District VII Honor Choir (Glenbrook, IL).  

Maggie completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan where she studied with Eugene Rogers. She also completed the Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, where she studied with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and David Hill, and she holds the Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  In addition to her conducting work, Maggie is an active composer and professional chorister. Her music is published by Oxford University Press, Hal Leonard, and Selah Music Publishing, and has been heard at on the BBC Radio 3 as well as at venues around the country and in the United Kingdom.

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