3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-3417
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Great Music at St. James'

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ST. JAMES' IN-THE-CITY

The Rt. Rev. Catherine S. Roskam, Bishop-in-Charge
Canon James Buonemani, Organist & Director of Music
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist

3903 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90010

Concert Office: 213/388-3417 ext. 200
Music Office: 213/388-3015

Email: GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org
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We are located in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles, two blocks west of Western Ave. Ramp accessible.

Metro: Purple Line: Wilshire/Western station, then walk two blocks west.

Welcome to Great Music at Saint James’

2017-2018  Season

Canon James Buonemani, Organist and Artistic Director
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist

Welcome to Great Music at Saint James’

2017-2018 Season

Canon James Buonemani, Organist and Artistic Director
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist

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MUSIC SEASON CALENDAR

Sunday 8 October 2017

4:30 PM
Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James’

6:00 PM
International Laureates Organ Series
Johann Vexo


Sunday 12 November 2017

4:30 PM
Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James’

6:00 PM
International Laureates Organ Series
Colin Andrews


Sunday 26 November 2017

7:30 PM
Compline
Schola Cantorum of St. James'


Sunday 10 December 2017

4:30 PM
An Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols

The Choir of Saint James’ sings Advent carols and music from Gregorian Chant to the present day. Join us for this annual tradition in the style of King’s College, Cambridge.
Freewill offering.
This service replaces Evensong.


Sunday 14 January 2018

4:30 PM
Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James’

6:00 PM
International Laureates Organ Series
David Ball


Sunday 11 February 2018

4:30 PM
Solemn Evensong
Choir of St. James

6:00 PM
International Laureates Organ Series
Caroline Robinson


Sunday 25 February 2018

7:30PM
Compline
Schola Cantorum of St. James'


Sunday 11 March 2018

4:30 PM
Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James’

6:00 PM
International Laureates Organ Series
Adam Pajan


Sunday 8 April 2018

4:30 PM
Solemn Evensong
Choir of St. James'

6:00 PM
International Laureates Organ Series
Michael Hey


Sunday 22 April 2018

7:30 PM
Compline
Schola Cantorum of St. James'


Sunday 13 May 2018

4:30 PM
Solemn Evensong
Choir of St. James'

6:00 PM
International Laureates Organ Series
Namhee Han


Sunday 20 May 2018

3:30 PM 
Australia Preview Concert
Choir of St. James'

In preparation for the choir’s tour to Australia in June 2018, this concert offers the Los Angeles community a preview of what will be performed in the Cathedrals and churches of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. (Please note the earlier than usual starting-time of this concert). ($20 Requested Donation to support the choir’s tour.)


Programs subject to change.

Please visit Friends of Great Music to make a donation to assist our musical offerings.

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ADVENT PROCESSION OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

On Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:30 PM, the Choir of St. James sings an Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols. The style of this service originated at King’s College, Cambridge, England, in 1934 and was composed by Dean Eric Milner-White, who had also been responsible nine years earlier for beginning the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve. In his Preface to the Advent service, Dean Milner-White wrote: “In the old English liturgies, the Advent Offices made a preparation for the coming of our Lord to the earth far more vivid and eager than those of our present Prayerbook.” One purpose of this service is “not to celebrate Christmas, but to expect it.”

Musical selections include the Great “O” Antiphons, chanted in plainsong by the choir, and the congregational singing of the hymn “O come, O come, Emmanuel”, a recapitulation of these antiphons in poetic form. Additional music represents composers from throughout the history of western church music: Praetorius, Gibbons, Mathias, Howells, Tavener, and living composers Randall Svane, Bob Chilcott, and Los Angeles composers Sean McDermott and Morten Lauridsen. (in place of Evensong) Freewill offering.

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SOLEMN EVENSONG

Evensong in an Anglican Church is a magnificent act of worship. Sung daily since the sixteenth century, this service is one piece of the total worship of God offered by Christian people at every hour of the day and night in every part of the world.

Drawn almost entirely from the Bible, its primary purpose is to proclaim the wonderful works of God in history and in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its secondary purpose is to evoke from the worshiper a response of praise, penitence, prayer and obedience.

The Choir of St. James’ is pleased to offer the Los Angeles community the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month, October through May at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

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INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES

For twenty-one seasons we have been honored to host many of the world’s finest organists. This season we welcome Johann Vexo (France), Colin Andrews (England), Namhee Han (S. Korea), and American organists David Ball (Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove), Caroline Robinson (Eastman School of Music), Adam Pajan (University of Oklahoma) and Michael Hey (St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC).

We invite you to experience great organ music played on the David John Falconer Memorial Organ (originally built in 1911 by Murray M. Harris). Comprising over 5,000 pipes in total, the organ is an important part of Los Angeles musical history and takes its place among the country’s most important and magnificent instruments.

These recitals are offered as a gift to the community free of charge and we are grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation and our Friends of Great Music for their continuing support.

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SILENCE AND MUSIC -- COMPLINE

Drawn from the most contemplative of the monastic offices begun in the middle ages, this candle-lit choral service offers music from Gregorian Chant and early polyphony to the contemporary music of modern mystics. An offering of thanksgiving and a plea for peace, the voices of the Schola Cantorum of St. James’ presents three Compline services this season: on the fourth Sundays of November, February and April. Freewill offering.

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AUSTRALIA TOUR PREVIEW CONCERT

The Choir of Saint James’ is made up of amateur and professional adult musicians from the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Under the direction of Organist and Choirmaster James Buonemani since 1995, it is the first American choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The Choir of Saint James’ has been honored to serve three times as Westminster Abbey’s choir-in-residence during the months of August 1999, 2006 and 2010. Inviting the Choir to return in the future, the Abbey Precentor, Deiniol Morgan, wrote “the quality of singing was exceptionally high and our worship was much enriched by your contribution."

As the core musical organization of Saint James’ Church, the choir has played host to many of the world’s finest choirs during their international tours, including The Sixteen, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, the American Boychoir, the Gloriae Dei Cantores, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and the Choir of Christ Church, Oxford. The Choir of Saint James’ performed the music for the official Los Angeles Memorial to Princess Diana in 1997. In addition to weekly services and monthly evensongs, the Choir of Saint James’ presents concerts featuring many of the great choral masterpieces with full orchestra. Recent seasons have included the Requiems of Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, the Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn, the Funeral Ikos and Song for Athene by John Tavener, and the Lux Aeterna of Los Angeles composer Morten Lauridsen. In July, 2004 the choir was featured at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

In preparation for their Australia Tour in June of 2018, the Choir of St. James’ will offer this special preview concert on 20 May 2018 at 3:30 PM. ($20 Requested Donation to support the choir’s tour.)