Festival Choral Eucharists are held at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square in the context of the Sunday liturgy. The St. John’s Choir, a professional ensemble, is at times joined by a professional orchestra to present musical settings for the Mass. Presentations of these works, as they were originally designed to be performed (that is, in the context of liturgy), are intended to enhance and heighten the experience of worship, as well as to attract lovers of classical music.
St. John’s generously funds its music program through its annual budget. However, there are extra opportunities to sponsor guest instrumentalists for Music Festival Services and other significant services in the life of the parish. Sponsorship is recognized by a milestone or memorial dedication on the title page of the bulletin for the given Sunday. Thank you to those of you who have already committed to sponsoring special music for seven upcoming dates. The service listed below is still open for sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring a service or sharing sponsorship, please contact Michael Lodico, director of music at Michael.Lodico@stjohns-dc.org or 202-347-8766.
December 24 – Music Festival Services at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. – string ensemble for Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F and hymns for Christmas Eve – $3,500