A Choral Chamber Ensemble
St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral
and Musikanten Montana
Kerry Krebill, Artistic Director
Membra Jesu nostri
7 meditations for the Crucifixion
Tuesday, April 12 at 7 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral, Helena
Suggested donation $25 at the door
(Reserved seating for Musikanten Angel donors $100+)
Musikanten Montana continues its 18th season of concerts in Helena with a performance of Dietrich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri on Tuesday, April 12, a part of St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral’s Holy Week offerings. The chamber chorus will be joined by favorite players from the annual Montana Early Music Festival, including super-star Baroque violinist Carrie Krause.
Buxtehude, a celebrated German organist a generation before J.S. Bach, composed this 7-cantata Passion meditation focusing on seven parts of Christ’s body as he hung on the cross. (“Membra Jesu nostri” can be translated as “The Limbs of our Jesus.”) Each meditation is introduced with a short instrumental sonata, followed by a choral setting of a Biblical text relating to that part of the Saviour’s body. Then follow 3 verses -- set as solos, duets or trios -- of strophic poetry from a work said to be by the medieval mystic St. Bernard of Clairvaux. At the end of each cantata, the choir repeats its opening Bible verse. The final meditation anticipates the resurrection with a joyful Amen.
The work is performed without intermission, and is approximately an hour in length. Admission is free, with suggested donation at the door. Reserved seating will be available for Musikanten Angels (annual donors of $100 and above). For more information, call (406) 442-5175.
Memorial Concert for All Souls
7:30 PM Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Maurice Duruflé’s beloved Requiem
Heinrich Schütz “Selig sind die Toten"
Kerry Krebill, conductor
Sarah Whitlatch, mezzo soprano soloist
Robert Tudor, baritone soloist
Michael Harrison, cantor
Dr. Wendy Yuen, organ
Musikanten begins its 18th season of performances in Helena with its annual All Souls concert on Wednesday, November 3, in the Cathedral of St. Helena. This year’s memorial concert, with candles lighted for those church members, family and friends who have died in the past year, will feature the 20th century French composer Maurice Duruflé’s beloved Requiem, his Gregorian chant-based setting of the traditional Latin Mass for the dead.
To open the concert, Artistic Director Kerry Krebill will conduct the choir in the Heinrich Schütz motet “Selig sind die Toten” – Blessed are they who die in the Lord. Cantor Michael Harrison will then chant the names of those for whom the candles are lighted, followed by a short period of silence for meditation and prayer, and the Requiem.
Duruflé, a renowned organist, composed three versions of his Requiem, one of which is for solo organ – the organ alone accompanying the choir, playing all the parts of the full orchestra version. Dr. Wendy Yuen, the new music director at St. Mary’s Catholic Community, is the organ virtuoso in this performance. Vocal soloists are mezzo soprano Sarah Whitlatch and baritone Robert Tudor.
The concert is performed without intermission, and the congregation is requested to depart in silence, remembering those who have gone before us.
The one performance is at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Helena. All the performers will be masked, fully vaccinated, and singing from behind the altar. The congregation is encouraged to wear masks (available at the door) and leave space in the pews between families.
Admission is free, with a suggested donation at the door. To have a candle lighted and name listed in the memorial program, please email the name you would like listed to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 27.
All Souls 2020
In loving memory
Alvin A. Abbott
William “Bill” Ballinger
Lois “Kay” Barnes
Fred Collins II
Jana Susan Fisher
Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine
Joseph Norbert Garrity
Noelle Walker Gifreda
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Robert H. Haas
Howard E. Haines, Sr.
The Right Rev. Barbara Harris
Patricia “Pat” Orcutt Horton
Rep. John Robert Lewis
Mora Skari Payne
Katherine Beliz Pither
May Light Eternal Shine Upon Them