“On the Road Again” with the Trinity Cathedral Choir
On Sunday, December 13, the Trinity Cathedral Choir and Handbell Ensemble will present an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols at 4:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 301 E. 5th Street, Fremont, Nebraska. The traditional Anglican service of readings and music is designed to prepare us for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
Each December, cathedral musicians travel to a parish in the Diocese of Nebraska to share the gift of music. Those “road trips” have included visits to these parishes:
2007 – St. Martin’s, Omaha
2008 – St. Mary’s, Nebraska City
2009 – St. James, Fremont
2010 – St. Andrew’s, Seward
2011 – St. Martin’s, Omaha
2012 – St. Augustine’s, Elkhorn
2013 – St. Mary’s, Blair
2014 – Trinity, Norfolk
This year’s festival is one of a series of events celebrating the new Allen organ at St. James Church. An extended prelude will showcase the sounds of the instrument with music by composers ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary Nebraska composer and organist, Michael McCabe.
Twenty-four cathedral musicians, as well as several spouses, friends, and clergy, will travel to Fremont for lunch and a rehearsal, followed by the choral service. The annual trip provides an enjoyable opportunity for fellowship in the midst of the busy December choir schedule. We are blessed with magnificent musical resources at Trinity Cathedral, and we rejoice in opportunities to share those gifts with our friends and neighbors throughout the diocese.
All are welcome to attend. A reception will follow the liturgy. A freewill offering with be received benefitting Jefferson House, a local youth shelter, and Downtown Episcopal Outreach (DEO).
God willing, next year will mark our tenth annual Lessons and Carols on the Road. Where will we go? An epic Nebraska road trip may be in the works to celebrate!
Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min.
Canon Precentor, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral