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Messiah Returns to Indianapolis and Carmel on December 6 & 8!

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This year’s Messiah performances will mark our music program’s first concert-series venture beyond Cathedral walls to a new venue – the Palladium in Carmel – on Friday December 6th at 7:30pm. http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=2966  It’s an exciting opportunity to reach out further into the surrounding Indy community. Of course, we’ll offer our final performance at the Cathedral on Sunday December 8 at 3:30pmhttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443085

This year, we join forces with an all-star cast of soloists and the Baroque Orchestra of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University – a young and very special group of our country’s leading musicians of the future. At the JSoM right now, CCC’sMessiah is the curriculum for that prestigious school’s Baroque Orchestra. I’ve been privileged to work with them over the past two weeks. They are a highly talented and keen bunch who will put their all into these performances. They are playing on period instruments – violins, violas, cellos, oboes, trumpets, drums, organ – reflecting the designs and sounds of those in use during Handel’s lifetime. Our choir too, in size and configuration, matches closely that of the London performances of the work taking place in the 1750s, which were given as high-profile charity events at London’s leading orphanage/children’s hospital.  Naturally our own stellar young choristers will surely give their senior IU counterparts a run for their money! This will be a high-energy event – don’t miss it!

 


 

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Dean's Forum on Sunday, Dec. 1

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The dark days of winter are upon us!  On December 1st, we will begin Advent, the season to  prepare for the light of Christ to enter our world.  The Advent wreath is a tool to mark the four Sundays of Advent with light and prayer.  Let's join together in the Parish Hall on December 1, 11:30am -1pm for the creation of Advent wreaths to take home.  All supplies will be provided (and some fun cookies and hot chocolate!)  A donation of $5 is requested.

 

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Advent Lessons and Carols, This Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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As the world around us speeds up this time of year, take time to slow down, to meditate, and to reflect. Our annual liturgy of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. is one of the most beautiful, contemplative worship services of the year at Christ Church Cathedral. Come hear the prophets' urging of justice and mercy, the predictions of the coming Messiah, and the grace of God's plan of redemption. Lift up your voice in singing classic Advent hymns, some of the most glorious in the Hymnal. Catch the sounds of the Holy in the angelic voices of our choristers. And pray for the grace to find the coming of Christ in your own life. See you Sunday.

 

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Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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As the world around us speeds up this time of year, take time to slow down, to meditate, and to reflect. Our annual liturgy of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. is one of the most beautiful, contemplative worship services of the year at Christ Church Cathedral. Come hear the prophets' urging of justice and mercy, the predictions of the coming Messiah, and the grace of God's plan of redemption. Lift up your voice in singing classic Advent hymns, some of the most glorious in the Hymnal. Catch the sounds of the Holy in the angelic voices of our choristers. And pray for the grace to find the coming of Christ in your own life. See you Sunday.

 

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Make an Advent Wreath on December 1

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The dark days of winter are upon us!  On December 1st, we will begin Advent, the season to  prepare for the light of Christ to enter our world.  The Advent wreath is a tool to mark the 4 Sundays of Advent with light and prayer.  Let's join together in the Parish Hall on December 1, 11:30am -1pm for the creation of Advent wreaths to take home.  All supplies will be provided (and some fun cookies and hot chocolate!)  A donation of $5 is requested.


 

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Messiah Tickets Now on Sale!

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This year, the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis and musicians from the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University will present two complete performances of Handel’s monumental oratorio “Messiah” – a musical masterpiece depicting the life of Jesus Christ.  Since its first performance in 1742, Handel’s timeless music still enjoys great popularity the world over and this performance is one of the few in the country which utilizes children’s voices and period instruments.  Do not miss what promises to be a spectacular musical event.

To purchase tickets for the Carmel performance on Friday, December 6th at The Palladium please click the following link:

http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=2966

To purchase tickets for the downtown performance on Sunday, December 8th at Christ Church Cathedral please click the following link:

http://cccmessiah2013.brownpapertickets.com/


 

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Second Helpings CEO at Dean's Forum This Sunday, Nov. 24

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Grab a pastry, pull up a chair, and enjoy the conversation each Sunday at 11:40 a.m. This week’s Forum will be an engaging conversation with Jennifer Vigran, Executive Director of Second Helpings. Thanks to your generous giving in 2013, Christ Church Cathedral recently purchased a dock cooler for Second Helpings, enabling them to increase their work of providing healthy meals for those who would otherwise go without. All are welcome, including newcomers.


 

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Messiah Comes to Indianapolis and Carmel! Friday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 8

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This year, the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis and musicians from the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University will present two complete performances of Handel’s monumental oratorio “Messiah” – a musical masterpiece depicting the life of Jesus Christ.  Since its first performance in 1742, Handel’s timeless music still enjoys great popularity the world over and this performance is one of the few in the country which utilizes children’s voices and period instruments.  Do not miss what promises to be a spectacular musical event.

To purchase tickets for the Carmel performance on Friday, December 6th at The Palladium please click the following link:

http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=2966

To purchase tickets for the downtown performance on Sunday, December 8th at Christ Church Cathedral please click the following link:

http://cccmessiah2013.brownpapertickets.com/


 

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England's Greatest Modern Composer: Benjamin Britten Concert this Sunday, Nov. 17 @ 4:30 p.m.

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This year, opera houses, concert halls and churches will be marking the centenary of one of the twentieth century's most important composers, Benjamin Britten. Born in England in 1913, Britten's music ranges from simple songs and works for children to full-scale operas - a genre for which he became particularly well known. Britten also composed a wealth of church music, often choosing to set more unusual, even eccentric texts. One such work is his sacred cantata "Rejoice in the Lamb", which sets a text by the eighteenth-century poet, Christopher Smart.

 

Smart was incarcerated in a mental asylum when he wrote the text, which might explain the rather unusual choice of subject matter for two of the movements; namely his cat, Jeoffry, and a male mouse defending his female counterpart! The rest of the piece is a roller-coaster ride of contrasting emotions ranging from deep personal agony to joyous outbursts of praise all set to Britten's glorious music.

 

Join us at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17., to hear this, and other works by a truly great figure in the history of music...and to learn more about Jeoffry the cat! 


 

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Dean's Forum this Sunday, Nov. 17: A Check-in about our Schedule Change...

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Grab a pastry, pull up a chair, and enjoy the conversation each Sunday at 11:40 a.m.. This week, our Dean's Forum will be a follow-up to our conversations earlier this fall about our liturgical and formation schedule change. After trying it out, how is our new schedule working for you? All are welcome, including newcomers.

 

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