St. Christopher’s has hosted an array of fine musicians from The Wolfgang to the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to the Minnesota Boychoir, as well as talented pianists and chamber musicians. The acoustics in our sanctuary are particularly lovely and we draw a warm and welcoming audience from the communities of the northern suburbs, Roseville and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Our events are most often free to the public or for a freewill offering or a nominal ticket charge. Please watch this page for information about future musical happenings in our sanctuary.
November 10, 2018 7:30 pm The WolfGang Returns
If you’ve followed our concerts over the years, you’ll remember The WolfGang from years past. The Gang returns to St. Christopher’s this year with an all Haydn program: a trio for flute, cello and fortepiano; a string trio for violin, viola and cello; and a transcription of the Clock Symphony for chamber ensemble. These folks never fail to delight their with inspired programming, elegant ensemble and exquisite playing.
December 16, 2018 4:00 pm A Service of Lessons and Carols
The musicians of St. Christopher’s will present their annual Festival of Lessons and Carols this year with a French twist. All the music is taken from French tunes or texts and you very well may be surprised to discover the variety and stylistic contrast in the carols that France has contributed to our Christmas celebrations.
Afterwards, enjoy a delectable reception downstairs in the parish hall. At Christmastime, the residents of Paris are treated to open air markets where they can stroll the beautifully decorated Champs-Elysées and relish the delightful scents of roasting chestnuts, mulled wine and gingerbread for sale on the street. We’ll offer some French treats and you can join us for an imaginary stroll in the City of Lights.
January 25, 2019 7:00 PM An All French Programme
An evening of music by French composers features our music director, Karla Cole and some of her favorite musician friends. Flutist Carol Gilkey collaborates on the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc. Henry Cole, Karla’s son and swing dancer extraordinaire will narrate L’histoire de Babar, le petit elephant. Even if you don’t speak French, you’ll recognize that last bit – and Henry will narrate in English, so you’ll be fine. Francis Poulenc served in the French army at the end of WWI and again at the beginning of WWII. After being relieved of his duties in 1940, he spent some time in the French countryside with his nieces and nephews who loved to hear him tell stories with his improvised accompaniment at the piano. The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by the author Jean de Brunhoff was such a hit with the younger set that Poulenc later wrote it down for publication. We’ll fill out the evening with a few trifles by other French composers and then treat you to les pâtissiers délicieuses afterwards! À bientôt!
March 3, 2019 4:00 PM Evensong and Afternoon Tea
St. Christopher’s Parish Choir offers an evensong service of music and scripture to bring respite to the winter-weary soul and celebrate at last, the coming of spring in Minnesota. We will kick off Women’s History Month with music written by women composers for this most Anglican tradition. Join us for the brief, but lovely service and stay with us for an equally lovely Afternoon Tea downstairs in the parish hall. Hats and gloves optional.