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September 22, 2023

‘Evensong’ Pipes in Sir John Stainer

St. Paul’s Paul Blanchard to play works of 19th century composer

The music of Sir John Stainer (1840-1901) will be featured at the second in a series of free pipe-organ concerts on Sunday, Oct. 9. The concert, a choral evensong, begins at 5pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Healdsburg.  

Paul Blanchard, director of music for St. Paul’s, will play Stainer’s “Magnificat in F major,” “Nunc Dimittis in D minor” and others, as well as Stainer’s famous anthem, “God So Loved the World.”

A Choral Evensong is a service that is both played on the church’s Bigelow pipe organ and sung. The Oct. 9 event honors the feast of Sir Wilfred Grenfell, a missionary to Newfoundland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

The Oct. 9 event is the second in the 2022-23 series of “Second Sunday” pipe-organ concerts presented by St. Paul’s. Michael Simpson of Richmond, VA, will be the guest organist for the Nov. 13 concert. The Dec. 11 concert will feature Blanchard playing festive holiday carols. In January 2023, the concerts will switch to the third Sunday of the month and will continue through June.  

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 209 Matheson St., one block east of Healdsburg’s downtown Plaza. Concerts begin at 5pm. Admission is free. Those who cannot attend the concert may watch the livestream on Facebook, or view the concert later on YouTube. Details at the church website, www.stpauls-healdsburg.org.


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