St. James. Episcopal Church on Grosse Ile last month launched its annual Special Music Series with its first-ever special music event: A Violin, Voice, and Piano Recital featuring Minister of Music Robert Ragoonanan, joined by violinist and pianist Yi Chieh Anita Chiu, who performed the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Ives and Antonin Dvorak.
The church is looking forward to offering several other special performances over the next eight months. This month, on Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Minister of Music Robert Ragoonanan performs a piano recital featuring works by David Guion, Henri Dutilleux and Franz Schubert.
The following are the performances scheduled through May 2017:
Nov. 12, 2016: At 7:30 p.m., there will be a Folk Music Concert, where there will be a potluck dinner and folk music from around the world in this autumnal event.
Dec. 18, 2016: At 10 a.m. join for worship on Bach Cantata Sunday as the St. James Choir and orchestra performs Bach’s Advent Cantata “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” BWV 61. If you’re interested in singing in the Bach Cantata, choir rehearses Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2017: At 7:30 p.m., The Organ in the Chapel, where students from the Organ Studio of the University of Michigan: Ann Arbor will perform on the Charles Ruggles organ in the historic St. James Chapel.
Feb. 25, 2017: At 7:30 p.m., Music from the Early Church: Minister of Music Robert Ragoonanan will perform music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods on the harpsichord and organ in the historic St. James Chapel.
March 25, 2017: At 7:30 p.m., Art Song Concert; Tenor Benjamin Wegner will be joining Robert Ragoonanan on the piano for a concert of Art Songs, performing Benjamin Britten’s “The Holy Sonnets of John Donne” and other exciting works for tenor and piano.
April 16, 2017: Join us for our Easter service at 10 a.m., featuring brass and the St. James Choir performing “Victimae paschali laudes” by Josquin de Prez and “If ye love me” by Thomas Tallis.
May 13, 2017: At 7:30 p.m., The Noise-To-Signal Ensemble, featuring exciting, cutting-edge music for woodwinds and piano from the 20th and 21st centuries.