Early Music at Saint James, a part of the diverse musical offerings of Saint James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA, is a self-sustaining concert series that presents three to four professional performances each year of music composed before 1800 in our beautiful and acoustically rich sanctuary. The concerts of primarily Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music are informed by historical performance practice and played on faithful reproductions of historic instruments. The series offers a venue for small and/or emerging ensembles, and presents a rich repertory of music composed before 1800 that is not otherwise available to the Lancaster community. Ticket revenues, tax-exempt gifts, grants, and sponsorships support the concerts. Early Music at Saint James also strives to enhance the worship experience in full cooperation with our Minister of Music by contributing to the performance of early music at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday Mass and the monthly Choral Evensong service. See the Concert Schedule for more details.
A collaboration of three period-instrument virtuosi, Repast presents vivid renditions of music of the Baroque era. Each member of Repast has an active career in historical performance, and together they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the trio’s programs. The group’s name, meaning a meal or a feast, is a double-entendre: out of the revival of past music comes a delectable, spiritually nourishing experience.
For centuries, Europeans have regarded Italy as the “Land of Music.” Generations of Northern Europeans traveled to Italy to study musical composition and to marvel at the accomplishments of Italian performers. Italy exported musical instruments, manuscripts, and prints, and her finest performers journeyed to the wealthy courts and cities in search of fame and fortune. With “Italians Abroad,” Repast celebrates the flood of Italian virtuosi that poured across the Alps to astonish listeners with previously unimaginable feats of invention and dexterity. The program features works of Veracini, Corelli, Boccherini, et alia.