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.
Sunday, September 30, 11:00 a.m.
Music from French Cathedrals including Louis Vierne’s Messe Solonnelle with the Parish and St. John’s Choirs
Sunday, December 16, 11:00 a.m.
Festival of Lessons & Carols sung by the St. John’s Choir
Monday, December 24, 7:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Services with the Ars Nova String Quintet and the St. John’s Choir presenting Charpentier’s Messe de minuit
Sunday, March 3, 11:00 a.m.
Jazz Music Festival Service with the Dan Dufford Jazz Ensemble and the Parish and St. John’s Choirs
Sunday, March 31, 11:00 a.m.
The Ars Nova Chamber Ensemble and the St. John’s Choir present the Duruflé Requiem
Sunday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Easter Services with Brass Quintet & Timpani
Sunday, May 12, 11:00 a.m.
Music from Royal Weddings sung by the St. John’s Choir including Grayston Ives’ Missa Brevis and works by Mathias, Mealor, and Rutter
Sunday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.
Music for Independence Day with Fife & Drum