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Sacred Music at the Red Door

Sacred Music at the Red Door is the music series of St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford.



Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014   5:00 p.m.

Hereford Variationsa 40 minute Lenten meditation for organ and choir, played by the composer Peter Stoltzfus Berton with the St. John's Choirs. Includes three hymn stanzas sung by the audience. For information about this unique meditation based on stained glass windows at Hereford Cathedral in England, visit: herefordvariations.org

Sunday, May 4, 2014    4:00 p.m.

Celebrating Connecticut Composers, a concert combining the St. John’s Choirs, the Choir of Church of Christ, Congregational (UCC), Newington, members of CitySingers of Hartford, and chamber orchestra including works by Douglas Bruce Johnson (Trinity College, Hartford), John Abdenour (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfield), Gwyneth Walker (New Canaan), Peter Niedmann’s Five New England Songs(recently premiered by The Chorus of Westerly), and the premiere of A Poet’s Requiem by Peter Stoltzfus Berton.Tickets $15, $12 seniors/students.

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A bit of history...

Our expanded series of musical offerings to the Parish and wider community began in September 2011. The name of the series makes reference to our front doors, with their traditional color of welcome and sanctuary. The series has helped to establish St. John's as a destination for those seeking musical refreshment and excellence, drawing on the existing strengths of our choirs (and guest choirs and choir collaborations), architecture, organ, location, and Anglican heritage. The three main elements provided by the series are: concerts, monthly evening worship (Evensong), and enhanced Sunday morning worship on more occasions throughout the year (with special offerings with instruments, or formats like Lessons and Carols).


In advance of the first program year, Sacred Music at the Red Door hosted a special event in May, 2011 at the New Britain Museum of American Art. This event was free and open to the entire Parish, as a thank-you to leadership donors and to describe the plans for the first season. Photographs from the event and from other series events are posted on the Facebook page for the Series (Sacred Music at the Red Door). You can also follow us on Twitter @SacMusicRedDoor.
We hope to see you at the Red Door often!