Choral Season

In addition to offering high quality musical offerings each Sunday, the Cathedral Choir presents special choral services throughout the year, often joined by outstanding local and international musicians.

On the first Sunday of each month, is a particularly moving service of choral evensong, a service of song, stillness, and scripture.

View the full 2021-22 Repretoire list HERE.

Schedule

Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. (Prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong 
MUSIC BY RHEINBERGER, AYLEWARD, HOWELLS, AND PAULUS
3:30pm organ recital – Meg Cutting, Organ Scholar
HOWELLS PSALM-PRELUDES SET I
We restart the tradition of Choral Evensong with a varied selection of favorite music for evening. The Howells St. Paul’s Services reflects that great Cathedral’s role as a beacon of hope during the Blitz.
 
Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
All Souls Requiem
DURUFLÉ REQUIEM
The All Souls Requiem speaks to this time when we mourn the loss of so many and so much. Duruflé’s poignant setting of the liturgy blends ancient plainsong melodies with lush impressionist harmonies.
 
Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. (Prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong
MUSIC BY UNDINE SMITH MOORE, ROSE, STANFORD, AND GERAINT LEWIS
3:30pm organ recital – Stephen Buzard, Director of Music
COMPLETE ORGAN WORKS OF DURUFLÉ, PART I
We celebrate the example of the saints with festive and reflective choral music, including Stanford’s beloved Evening Service in C. Stephen Buzard begins this season’s survey of the complete organ works of Duruflé at 3:30pm.
 
Sunday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Advent Procession
MUSIC BY BUZARD, LLOYD, RAVENSCROFT, THOMAS, MACONCHY, GIBBONS, DUNPHY, AND POSTON
The Advent Procession is one of our most beloved liturgical traditions. As the Cathedral is brought from darkness into light, we recount the coming of the Savior through words and music of prophecy. The music chosen highlights the contributions of women composers, too often overlooked in our tradition.
 
Sundays Dec. 5, 12, & 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Compline
We mark the season of Advent by offering the monastic tradition of Compline each Sunday evening. Let the beauty of this simple sung service help prepare you for Christmas and relieve the stress of the holiday season.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Nine Lessons and Carols
MUSIC BY GARDINER, LEDGER, WEIR, RUTTER, HADLEY, LAURIDSEN, SWEELINCK, AND PETTMAN
5:45pm organ prelude – Meg Cutting, Organ Scholar
Our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a highlight of the holiday season for many Chicagoans. Modeled after the famous Christmas service from King’s College, Cambridge, this service is the perfect start to Christmas.
 
 
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