Music at Holy Trinity
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM
The Holy Trinity Concert Choir joins forces with the SUNY Fredonia College Choir under the direction of Mr. James Bigham and Dr. Gerald Gray featuring Vierne's Solemn Mass for Two Organs and Choir with guest organist Robert Duerr, Poulenc's Four Motets for the Time of Christmas, and Bennett/Shaw's Many Moods of Christmas with audience participation. The concert is free and open to the public.
Christmas Eve Service
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM
Guest musicians join us for our most sacred annual tradition celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pre-Service music begins at 9:45 PM from the gallery. The Service of Holy Communion begins
at 10:30 PM.
It would be a real service to Holy Trinity Church if you would consider joining one of our choirs. These groups perform an invaluable function in leading our worship: the central and most important thing that we do. Our parish has a long and distinguished heritage of worship making, and nothing could be more important in the Lutheran polity.
The superb Chancel Choir is made up of committed volunteers who passionately believe in offering up the “first fruits” to our Creator. In this group of saints, there are at least two helpful lead singers for each voice part, so there is always support for those who are less secure musically. This ensemble gives to the Lord its very best, which is congruous with its tradition and philosophy; it is hardly exclusive, but extraordinarily welcoming.
The wonderful Chapel Choir is consciously designed as a no pressure chorus that leads the early worship service once a month. There are “normally” two rehearsals per month and choristers have the support and security of lead singers on every part. On the highest of high feast days, this chorus sings in “the big house” to further enhance worship there.
I appeal to you to speak to me or our Pastor about joining one of these fabulous choirs. You will be rewarded and so will we.
For years Holy Trinity Church has been a widely-recognized showcase for the rich Lutheran tradition of music, both in its inspiring worship services and through its annual concert series.
Holy Trinity's widely acclaimed, largely volunteer 50-voice Chancel Choir offers music for worship services from all periods from an enormous repertory. Special music is offered for festivals such as Easter, Christmas, Reformation and others. The Choir rehearses from 7:00pm until 10:00pm Thursday evenings weekly from early September through early June, and more frequently prior to major festivals and concerts.
Our Chapel Choir, established in the Fall of 2002, is composed of singers who wish to offer their talents to the church, but are unable to devote the time necessary to sing in the Chancel Choir. The group rehearses twice a month on Thursday evening from 6:00pm -7:00pm from October through May, and sings once a month at the 8:30 service in the Chapel. They also sing at the 10:30 service on the Sundays after Christmas and Easter.
The choirs are led by James Bigham.
The parish is unusually blessed by the gift from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation of its great organ. This heroic instrument has grown from a modest one in 1948, to its present size of 152 ranks of pipes, with a 5 manual Chancel console and a 3 manual Gallery console. The entire instrument can be played from either console. The Kegg rebuild was completed in 1997, and included two new consoles, complete rewiring, many tonal and mechanical changes, and last but most importantly, many weeks of tonal finishing. The result is astounding and has been proclaimed "a new recital instrument of the highest order." Frederick Swann was the consultant for most of this extensive project.
While there are many notable features to be explored, the Grand Choir reeds are of particular note. They are enclosed and on 10" pressure, and are patterned after those of Father Willis, with modifications required for the placement and acoustics of Holy Trinity Church. They are very exciting with their dark, chocolaty, and powerful sound. The Bangshorn is part of this chorus and is named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Charles D. Bang. In addition, there are three fanfare reeds and two thirty-two foot reeds.
The specification reflects the musical taste of Mr. James Bigham, Organist and Choirmaster of the church, and it is remarkably complete. Among its many attributes, it is a fabulous accompanying instrument and has been used to stunning effect in virtually the complete concerto literature with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The instrument does not want for accessories and includes Pedal Divide with selectable division point, unlimited piston memory, MIDI, and two Zimbelsterns.
In 2005, as part of our 125th anniversary celebrations, our chapel organ was replaced with a new instrument built by the Kegg Organ Company. This unusual instrument was designed in collaboration with Richard Alexander of Philadelphia.