2019-2020 choral services
september 8 - 6:30-8:30 pm
Organ Recital & Choral Compline
A social hour of hors d'oeuvres begins the evening, followed by a half-hour recital by organist-choirmaster Robert Potterton III on our 67-rank pipe organ starting at 7:30pm. We will close with a traditional end-of-day Compline service (including the use of incense), led by the Choir using music from the Taizé Community.
September 29 - 6:00-8:00 pm
Choral Evensong: Feast of St. Michael & All Angels
We observe this feast day with a special service featuring music by J.S. Bach, Patrick Hawes, C.V. Stanford, and Thomas Tallis. Organist-Choirmaster Robert Potterton III will be joined by guest violinist Haley Leach and guest organist Leonardo Ciampa. A reception will follow.
November 21 - 7:00-8:30 PM
Choral Evensong: Commemoration of Byrd, Merbecke, and Tallis
The commemoration of three Renaissance composers - William Byrd, John Merbecke, and Thomas Tallis - includes musical selections written by each and a voluntary by Herbert Howells. A reception will follow.
may 21 - 7:00-8:30 pm
Choral Evenson: Feast of the Ascension
Our last choral service of the season will include works in the jazz idiom by Will Todd and Deanna Witkowski, arranged for choir with soloists, piano, saxophone, acoustic bass, and drums. A reception will follow.
125th Anniversary Concert - May 19, 2019
Christ Church Fitchburg’s full Concert (click here to view the program) celebrating the 125th Anniversary of its Choral Program, held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Featuring the Festival, Youth, and Children’s Choirs of Christ Church, conducted by Robert S. Potterton III (Organist & Choirmaster, 2015-present), the Rev. Carolyn G. JOnes (Associate Rector for Family Ministry), and Brenda F. Caldwell (Organist & Choirmaster, 1982-2013). Recording Copyright 2019.
New Music Festival - September 30, 2017
We presented our first-ever New Music Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017. A symposium for emerging composers from three states was led by Carson Cooman, noted champion of new music and Composer-in-Residence at the Memorial Church (Harvard University), and Dr. Robin Dinda, music director at the First Parish Church up the road and Professor of Humanities at Fitchburg State University. This was followed by rehearsals with the Christ Church Choir which participated in a Gala Concert that evening featuring premieres of piano, organ, and choral sacred music. Many thanks to our presenters and to participants Sean R. Glenn, Jeffrey Zane Hansen, Donald H. Sanborn III, and Heather Niemi Savage.