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.
December 17, 2017 4:00 pm A Service of Lessons and Carols
The musicians of St. Christopher’s present their annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, followed by a beautiful reception in a transformed parish hall. This year, the carols are English and the service itself is traditional and fully in the spirit of the Kings’ College service in Cambridge, England on Christmas Eve.
Come for the music, stay for the mulled wine!
January 26, 2018 7:00 PM An Evening of Chamber Music
An evening of chamber music features our music director, Karla Cole and Friends. Violist Rolf Krogstad collaborates on a transcription of vocal pieces by Cary John Franklin. They were originally set for soprano, but feature musical elements that work instrumentally as well, so Rolf has made his own transcription of the original with the blessing of the composer. The original texts for the soprano, poems by Emily Dickenson, will be provided.
St. Christopher’s Choir’s alto section leader, Katherine Johnson will join in for Johannes Brahms’ Two Pieces for Alto, Viola and Piano, Opus 91. Published in 1884, the pieces were written for friends, Joseph Joachim, a renowned violinist/violist and his wife, Amelie Weiss, a contralto.
Katie Miller, the soprano section leader from St. Christopher’s Choir will make an appearance singing The Shepherd on the Rock by Franz Schubert. By turns joyous and wistful, the Shepherd was written in 1828, the last year of Schubert’s short life. It was originally composed for soprano, clarinet and piano, but Rolf has transcribed the clarinet part for viola. There is so little music written for solo viola, that the violist must beg, borrow, or simply steal it! And we think Schubert would have approved.
April 29, 2018 4:00 PM Evensong
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. Join us for this brief, but lovely service and stay with us for an equally lovely Afternoon Tea. Hats and gloves optional.