St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, located at 351 Main Street in Ridgefield, will present a Choral Evensong at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 22.
“A choral evensong is the centuries-old and uniquely Anglican tradition of a sung evening service,” said Scott Toperzer, minister of music at St. Stephen’s. “All are welcome to join us for a meditative hour filled with wonderful music and readings.”
The featured canticles, or songs, will be “Magnificat” (Song of Mary) and “Nunc Dimittis” (Song of Simeon) from the Evening Service in E Major by British composer Herbert Murrill (1905-1952), and the responses will be by American composer Richard Webster (b. 1952), director of music and organist at Trinity Church Boston. The choir will perform the anthem Blessed City, Heavenly Salem, by British composter Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946). This anthem (in which Salem stands for Jerusalem) is marked by the majestic use of the organ, played by St. Stephen’s organist Arno Steinig
There is no charge for admission, although donations will be accepted. All are invited to a wine and cheese reception in the church's South Hall following the service.