Sunday, 16 September, 3pm
Catherine Allain, violin, and Karen Thomas, harp
Dr Karen Thomas, Adjunct Lecturer in Harp at Baylor University, serves as principal harpist with the Waco Symphony. She recently completed doctoral studies in harp performance at the University of Maryland where she recently performed Ginastera’s Concerto for Harp with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has appeared with the Left Bank Quartet at the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony, and the Wheeling Philharmonic. Ms. Thomas enjoys working in a wide variety of ensembles and genres. She was a featured performer on a nationally televised Christmas Special on NBC alongside Peter Cetera of the band ‘Chicago.’ She can be heard on Horse and Rider, an expose of the trafficking industry in India by director Ben Stamper. She recently completed recording sessions for a solo album by Norwegian alternative rock artist Emil Nikolaisen, lead singer of the band Serena-Maneesh. Dr. Thomas holds a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. Her teachers include Yolanda Kondonassis, Alice Chalifoux, Jeanne Chalifoux, and Sarah Fuller.
Catherine Price Allain has a diverse background on both the violin and viola. She previously held positions with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Tour, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony. Highlights from her 2015 season include a solo performance of Incantation by Augusta Read Thomas as part of the composer’s residency at Agnes Scott College and a world premiere run of Tuck Everlasting at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.
Catherine has participated in numerous seminars and festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Brevard Music Center, Madeline Island Music Festival, Musicorda Music Festival, The New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, where she served as principal violist.
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Catherine went on to complete her studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Northwestern University. Her primary teachers include Roland and Almita Vamos, Simin Ganatra, Sandy Yamamoto, Paul Sonner, Ryan Kho, and Laura Tomlin. In master classes Catherine has worked with Robert Vernon, Mark Jackobs, Michael Tree, Mimi Zweig, and Rachel Barton Pine among others.
A passionate chamber musician, Catherine has presented chamber music recitals in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. She counts the Pacifica String Quartet, with whom she studied chamber music for four years, as a major musical influence. In addition to performing, Catherine is dedicated to string education and maintains a private studio of violinists and violists.
Sunday, 28 October, 5pm
Benjamin Kolodziej, Organist
Benjamin Kolodziej is Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s Episcopal Church and is Chapel Organist at Perkins Chapel, SMU. He has performed throughout the USA, as well in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. He has performed at Washington National Cathedral, St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, St Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, St Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, and has composed music for CPH, GIA, and Augsburg Fortress. He has written scholarly articles for many musical publications including The American Organist, Theatre Organ, The Diapason, Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, and The Chorister.
Sunday, 4 November, 5pm
Evensong for All Saints
St John’s Cantate Deo choir sings this beautiful and meditative Anglican evening service in remembrance of those who have died in Christ.
Sunday, 9 December, 5pm
Festival of Lessons and Carols
This traditional service of the Advent season will feature the St John’s Cantate Deo Choir and Jubilate Children’s Choir, plus professional instrumentalists, leading the congregation in the great hymns and carols of Advent and Christmas.
Sunday, 13 January, 6pm
Silent Movie with Organ Accompaniment: Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Buster Keaton’s hit silent comedy will be accompanied by organist Benjamin Kolodziej in the manner of the great 1920’s moving picture palaces. This classic film, which inspired Walt Disney’s short Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, humorously captures the travails of a long-lost son who strives to impress his father, whilst winning the heart of a girl. This is an event for the whole family, and popcorn will be served. (Takes place in the parish hall.)
Sunday, 3 March, 3pm
Woodwind Quintet: All About Five
In 2000, All About Five began as an idea born from a love for chamber music, finally realized and established in 2005. The name came from a desire to represent the uniqueness of the members, personalities and instrumentation. The members consist of five professional freelance musicians who teach privately.
This ensemble gives the opportunity to share the group’s passion for music and introduce audiences to the wealth of woodwind quintet literature available. With the members being private teachers, it also provides the ability to educate the next generation of young musicians.
Sunday, 5 May, 3pm
Slideshow Trombone Ensemble
This ensemble of almost two dozen trombonists entertains, educates, and inspires, all with a notable sense of humor! Directed by Jon Bohls, these trombonists come from all walks of life and professions, both musical and otherwise. Some of their music is classical, some is jazz-inspired, some represents showtunes and movie music, but all of it has been painstakingly arranged for this ensemble. . . of trombones!
They will perform music of Beethoven (“Egmont” Overture), Handel (“Zadok the Priest”), plus movie scores such as the “March from 1941” by John Williams and Elmer Bernstein’s “Theme from To Kill a Mockingbird.” Guest soloist John Kitzman, former principle trombone with the DSO, will join the ensemble to perform “Blue Bells of Scotland.”
Sunday, 9 June, 5pm
Evensong for Pentecost
This evensong, the traditional English service of sung liturgy and prayer, will enhance the celebration of Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit to Christ’s Church on earth. This service, led by the Cantate Deo choir, will feature music that the choir will sing during the summer of 2019 as they sing in four cathedrals in the South of England.