Join us on Mother’s Day for a special celebration of the Ascension with Messiaen’s L’Ascension played as a prelude for Choral Evensong by Jonathan Vaughn. The recital will also feature a brief history and explanation of our Mayer & Company Ascension window by Lynne Smith.
Sunday, May 13
4:30 pm – Organ Recital & Talk
5 pm – Choral Evensong
Messiaen’s L’Ascension is the earliest of his suites for organ, and dates from 1932-3. In four movements, the work was originally for symphony orchestra, and his transcription for organ included an exuberant new third movement Transports de Joie. One of Messiaen’s most accessible works, it explores the journey towards Christ’s ascension into heaven through music embracing prayer and scripture.
Choral Evensong, sung by the Choir of Men & Boys with senior girls, will feature music by Tomkins, Howells, and Mendelssohn.
Lynne Smith has a background in the performing arts and a passion for stained glass. Bill Van Brunt who “wrote the book” on the windows of Christ Church Greenwich asked Lynne to combine her passions and tell the “story” of the windows which she has been doing for almost three decades. She is quick to say she is not an historian. but rather, a storyteller. However, the stories she tells about the windows are all based in fact. Lynne has worn many hats at Christ Church Greenwich. You may recognize her as an Eucharistic Minister, Intercessor, and Lector. She is a past member of the Vestry and a current member of the Recruitment Team searching for our new Rector. She and her husband of over 55 years, Scott, have lived in Greenwich since 1980.