St. Peter’s and UT Southern Choirs to Come Together for Choral Evensong


The choirs of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the University of Tennessee Southern will join for an evening performance of Choral Evensong on Sunday, October 8th, at 7:00pm in the St. Peter’s sanctuary located at 311 West 7th Street in downtown Columbia, next door to the Polk Home.

This event is a sung evening prayer service steeped in the Anglican tradition. Worshipers are invited to participate in singing hymns and responses from The Hymnal 1982. Choral works include “Magnificat in C Minor” by George Dyson, “Nunc Dimittis” by Paul Smith, and “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo. The choirs are led by UT Southern choir director Dr. Andrew Martin and St. Peter’s choir director Dr. Peter Douglas.

“This event will feature the full evening prayer service from the Book of Common Prayer,” said Dr. Douglas. “Most elements will be sung including the canticles between readings.”

“The performances of “Nunc Dimittis” and “Ubi Caritas” both provide an intriguing mix of old and new,” said Dr. Martin. “Paul Smith’s setting of “Nunc Dimittis” explores the use of expressive dissonance. Scandinavian composer Ola Gjeilo’s “Ubi Caritas” places a melody that, while newly-composed, features many of the hallmarks of Gregorian chant into a modern harmonic context for modern audiences.”

This event is free and open to the public with no tickets required.


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