An integral part of many church services is music. On Sunday mornings, everyone opens their hymnals to the pages indicated by that morning’s program and waits for the organist or pianist to commence the music by pressing down on the instrument’s ivory keys.
As beautiful as the notes sound resonating within the building’s walls, some congregation members may take notice that not everyone was born with the voice of an angel. Through fellowship, many can make light of those who sing off key and far too loud, but there are some congregations that are blessed with strong music programs. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is one of them.
This particular church is proud of its worship structure. The cathedral is just as one may imagine it with bricks stacked upon bricks creating a towering, gothic image complete with a bell tower that Quasimodo would be honored to ring. That is why this is the premiere venue for choral Evensong services, which will begin on Sunday, Sept. 22 and continue on through the summer of 2014. Evensong, which is deeply rooted in the history of the Anglican church, is a form of worship that heavily incorporates song and prayer.
Some of the talent that will perform during these Sunday evenings is in-house and conducted by Dr. Rebecca Gruber, choirmaster at St. Paul and also the current and only artistic director of the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus. Also on the schedule is an appearance by the Central College Choirs and Dr. Michael Stefanek, the Associate Minister of Music at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, who will play on the grandiose Casavant Opus 3719. This specific organ has been deemed by the church as a “landmark instrument in the Midwest” due to the local and internationally known artists who have visited it.
The music program at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, through the Evensong events, wants to reach out to the people in the city.
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