J2A Youth Group Rummage Sale

rummage sale 4St. Philip’s J2A (Journey to Adulthood) youth group invites you to a rummage sale on Saturday, April 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Treasures galore will be found in the Children’s Center Courtyard, near the north parking lot. Cool stuff in all sizes and price ranges will be available— furniture, household items, decorative accessories, clothes, kids’ toys/games, small appliances, sporting goods, bikes, kitchen items, pottery/china, artwork, books, luggage, and much more! Proceeds from the rummage sale go to support the J2A Pilgrimage in summer 2017.

Cash only will be accepted at the rummage sale. Don’t miss it!

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.

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Amahl and the Night Visitors

It takes a village to raise an opera — in this case the village of St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church. On January 9, 2016, parishioners with professional credentials in voice, instrumental playing, conducting, stage management, and executive production enable the wider Tucson community to experience Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act work Amahl and the Night Visitors.

To cast the title role of Amahl, Woosug Kang, director of music at St. Philip’s, approached Julian Ackerley, the director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, who had the perfect boy for Amahl among his choristers: Liam Boyd. Pierre Isaac, also a Boys Chorus member, is the understudy.

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In this event, Kang will make his operatic conducting debut. Juan Aguirre is the stage director. Dianne Iauco, whose credits include Principal Artist at New York City Opera, will portray the Mother — and role she has sung on numerous occasions.

Resources and talent for the production, including costuming and equipment preparation, comes from the St. Nicholas Choir and their parents. The set design stems in part from the 2014 production, in which director/stage designer David Johnston transformed the St. Philip’s Church environment into an operatic stage and set with suggestive period realism. The Church space will be transformed into the barren cottage where most of the story action takes place.

The remaining principal roles will be performed by professional singers who are also members of the church. The Three Kings have a splendidly matched blend, with each singer’s actual personality well suited to his operatic part. Tenor Matthew Holter is known for his sense of comedy. In his hands the hard-of-hearing King Kaspar delivers the comedic flair the role deserves. Baritone Larry Alexander’s artistic sensitivity highlights the compassionate side of King Melchior, and bass Arizeder Urreiztieta’s stentorian delivery underscores the dignified and mysterious King Balthazar. Daniel Rosenberg, a talented student who has rapidly grown through the ranks of St. Philip’s youth choir, sings the role of the Page. Chorus roles will be filled by members of St. Philip’s adult choirs and St. Nicholas Choir members, directed by Anne Boyer Cotten. Choreographers and dancers will be announced at a later date.

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Performances are January 9, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Premium seating is $50, general admission $25 and students $10. Sponsorships are available for higher levels of support (click here or call 520-222-7277). Proceeds will support the St. Philip’s child and teen choristers’ residency at England’s Worcester Cathedral in July 2016 as well as instrumental and choral training during the school year.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Amahl Story and Background

The opera (in English) was originally commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theater on December 24, 1951, in New York City at Rockefeller Center. The composer had trouble settling on a subject for the opera, but took his inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was the first opera specifically composed for television in America, yet Menotti wrote Amahl with the stage in mind. Amahl was seen on 35 NBC affiliates coast-to-coast, the largest network hookup for an opera broadcast to that date. An estimated 5 million viewers saw the live broadcast — the largest audience ever to see a televised opera.

The thread of Amahl has wound through St. Philip’s since a first production by then-Music Director Stephen Anderson in 1979. Later music directors and professional musicians in the parish wished to perform it again, but not until Kang’s tenure did the complete mix of time, talent, treasure, advocacy and generosity appear to bring Amahl back to St. Philip’s in 2014. Kang’s arrival at St. Philips two years earlier marked a renewed focus in children’s choir programs and a new effort to elevate the quality of the adult choral programs.

Early in 2013 Dianne Iauco, a longtime parishioner and operatic professional, envisioned collaboration between the adult and children’s choirs that could make Amahl possible at St. Philip’s again. After hearing Iauco’s formal proposal, St. Philip’s Friends of Music committed to a full-blown, professional production of Amahl that would not only provide a festive, high-quality musical event but also offer a gift to the larger Tucson community —especially those who may never have experienced the excitement of a live, vocal drama. The production would draw upon the abundance of professional musicians at St. Philip’s In The Hills and other professionals to perform, direct, and stage-manage.

Amahl is a 50-minute work that for many years has been the most frequently performed opera in the U.S. While usually presented before Christmas, it is actually about the gifts of Epiphany and the revealing of the Holy Child to the world.

The opera is set in the Holy Land at the time of the birth of Christ. Amahl is a 10-year-old shepherd who is crippled and must walk with the aid of a crutch which he made. His widowed mother was forced to sell their sheep and they now live in abject poverty. One star-filled winter evening, three Magi appear at their door, seeking shelter for the night before they continue their journey.

The kings enter bearing gold, frankincense, and presumably myrrh. The slightly loony king Kaspar has his box of precious stones, beads, and a special treat for Amahl: black, sweet licorice. While Amahl is fetching the neighbors and some firewood, Melchior asks Amahl’s mother if she has seen “a child whose eyes are sad and whose hands are those of the poor, as poor he was born.” Melchior is, of course, speaking of the Holy Child, but the Mother, who responds that she does indeed know such a child, is instead speaking of her own son.

Neighbors arrive to share what little food they have, offer a dance for entertainment, then leave. While Amahl, the kings, and their page sleep, the mother reflects on the kings’ gold and all that she could do for her son with just one gold coin. “If I take some they will never miss it,” she sings, before stealing a coin. The Page awakens, confiscates the coin, and seizes the Mother. The Kings, transformed by Amahl’s pleas for mercy for his mother, inspire Melchior’s message, which is at the heart of this drama:

Oh, woman, you may keep the gold.
The Child we seek doesn’t need our gold.
On love alone he will build His kingdom,
His pierced hand will hold no scepter,
His haloed head will bear no crown,
His might will not be built on your toil.
Swifter than lightning He will soon walk among us.
He will bring us new life and receive our death.
And the keys to His city belong to the poor.

The widow responds:

Oh, no — wait — take back your gold!
For such a King I have waited all my life
And if I weren’t so poor I would send a gift of my own to such a child.

With childlike innocence and generosity Amahl responds to the King’s pardon and his mother’s impulse by offering his crutch as a gift to the Child. Without thinking, he lifts the crutch, and at this moment — after these transformative acts of forgiveness, faith and sacrifice — Amahl is spontaneously healed of his lameness. At the Kings’ insistence Amahl obtains his mother’s permission to travel with them to find the Christ Child to express his gratitude. Melchior instructs the Page to give the Mother the coin for her to keep; his realization that the Christ Child didn’t need his gold has also made him realize that the Mother does.

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Hymn Festival and Ice Cream Social

choir fundraising ukWhat’s your favorite hymn? Come and enjoy a fun afternoon with your friends on Sunday afternoon, November 15, at 2 p.m.  Jim Marr will emcee this afternoon of favorite hymns, chosen by you. Schola Cantorum and St. Nicholas youth will sing anthems, Woosug Kang and Jeffrey Campbell will play organ accompaniment and solos, and you will join in four-part harmony often embellished with special descants. You can pick up the list of 30 hymns and buy voting points to choose your favorites on Sunday mornings at the St. Nicholas Youth/UK Residency table in Perry Garden at St. Philip’s.

Have you always wanted to write new words to your favorite hymn tune? Do it now! Choose any hymn in the 1982 Hymnal and create a new verse. Find more information on the verse-writing contest at the UK Residency table.

An Ice Cream Social in the Gallery will conclude the hour of joyful singing. Tickets are $20/person and are available at coffee hour on Sunday mornings or at the door.

The Hymn Festival is a benefit for the July 2016 UK Residency at Worcester Cathedral in England. Your donation supports sending 23 St. Nicholas youth to sing daily Evensong and Sunday Eucharist services for a week. The invitation to serve as the Choir in Residence at the cathedral is a huge honor and privilege and reflects the high level of St. Philip’s youth-oriented music programs. The residency will be a strong sign of sharing our gifts on a global level, and is an amazing growth opportunity. The residency not only will instill in the youth strong leadership skills and a profound sense of accomplishment, but also will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Pipes, Pedals, and Virtuosos

Woosug Kang at organOn Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents Woosug Kang, organ: Pipes, Pedals and Virtuosos: Famous and Less-Known Corners of the Organ World. The gifted and versatile director of music at St. Philip’s, who also guides the largest Royal School of Church Music training program for young choristers in the Southwestern U.S., gives an evening of organ selections. Well known for his unerring musical instinct, authenticity, finesse and technical prowess, Kang is a doctoral candidate in organ performance at Indiana University. Proceeds from this concert with benefit the 2016 United Kingdom Choral Residency in Worchester, England by St. Philip’s youth choir.

The suggested concert admission is $20 per person. The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events. For more information click here or call 520.222.7277

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

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The St. Nicholas Choir

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Organist and choral conductor Woosug Kang originally comes from Auckland, New Zealand. He is the Director of Music at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson where he leads a large and vibrant music program with six adult-, children’s- and mixed voice choral ensembles. He is responsible for all musical activities including the First Sunday Music Series, where major choral works with orchestra are performed within the liturgy monthly. He also began the Canterbury Apprentice program for changed voices to educate young singers with high caliber choral repertoire. Mr. Kang guides the largest Royal School of Church Music training program for young choristers in the Southwestern US.

Mr. Kang is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied organ performance with Dr. Larry Smith and Todd Wilson. He received minors in Music History and in Church Music. Mr. Kang received numerous prizes and scholarships during his academic pursuits. While studying at Auckland University in New Zealand he held the position of Belinda Godfrey Organ Scholar at the Auckland Cathedral of Holy Trinity, where he was responsible for accompanying regular sung masses and choral evensongs. He also worked as organist for the famed Auckland-based choir Musica Sacra, accompanying the choir for concerts, concert tours, monthly Evensongs, live radio broadcasts, TV broadcasts and the production of their first two CDs. While he was completing his Master of Music degree at Yale University he founded the choir for the Episcopal Church at Yale. Mr. Kang is a founder of Friends of Music at Emanuel, Inc., a non-profit organization in Connecticut focused on enriching the community through musical concerts. Mr. Kang has also served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Arizona School of Music, where he instructed students in organ performance.

Mr. Kang is active as an organ recitalist in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and the UK with venues including Truro Cathedral, UK; the Trinity Church in Boston; St. Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta, Georgia; Princeton University Chapel; and St. Thomas Fifth Ave, New York City, NY.

Advent Meditations

AdventCoverEach year, for the past seven years, St. Philip’s has offered an Advent Book of daily meditations. These daily offerings are meant to be an extension of your own reflections as you proceed through this seminal period in the church year. Many different themes have been highlighted in the past, ranging from personal reflections, to pilgrimages, inspirational music, and
spiritual callings.

This year, St. Philip’s youth groups are sharing their thoughts about Advent. As active members and the eventual inheritors of St. Philip’s, it is important to hear their thoughts as they assume leadership roles in this parish. Their lives are increasingly based on worldviews, not only in politics, governance, and the environment, but also in multi religious faiths.

Travel on this journey day by day through the twenty-five days of Advent. It is important to remember that each year you have the opportunity to begin again, to examine and to confirm your faith. Take a brief moment each day to reflect on and to renew your personal faith journey.

Sunday, November 30

Monday, December 1

Tuesday, December 2

Wednesday, December 3

Thursday, December 4

Friday, December 5

Saturday, December 6

Sunday, December 7

Monday, December 8

Tuesday, December 9

Wednesday, December 10

Thursday, December 11

Friday, December 12

Saturday, December 13

Sunday, December 14

Monday, December 15

Tuesday, December 16

Wednesday, December 17

Thursday, December 18

Friday, December 19

Saturday, December 20

Sunday, December 21

Monday, December 22

Tuesday, December 23

Wednesday, December 24

Thursday, December 25

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Blessing of the Animals

bless of animals1The community is invited to join parishioners at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 9, to celebrate one of Tucson’s favorite Blessing of the Animals services. The service will be held in the church plaza of St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church. This observance was begun more than 35 years ago and continues to be one of the most popular events of the church year. It celebrates the loving relationship shared by humans and their pets, with opportunities to give thanks for the blessings animals give to us. Readings and prayers focus on the wonders of our world and our responsibility as humans to be good stewards of God’s creation. All types of animals are welcome at this service. Participants are asked to keep their pets appropriately restrained. (This service does not include communion. The usual Rite II Eucharist will take place in the Church, also at 9 a.m.)

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The public is cordially invited to attend the service. A freewill offering will be collected.

bless of animals3St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot, or under our solar parking structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.

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Open House

OpenHouse

TourGuideThe long, hot summer will soon be over, school is in session, and fall activities have begun. Why not head back to church? St. Philip’s In The Hills Espiscopal Church is hosting an Open House on Sunday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are inviting neighbors and other guests to visit and learn about our parish. Come take a guided or a self-guided tour of the campus, and experience our stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, meditation labyrinth, fully stocked library, and renovated Children and Youth centers. We’re showcasing our more than 90 inspiring ministries and classes, renowned worship music, and thriving children’s and youth programs.

The 9 and 11:15 a.m. services feature special liturgical music — Schubert’s Mass in C Major, D. 452. This wonderful mass will be performed for the first time at St.Philip’s and will be sung by St. Philip’s adult choirs with soloists and chamber orchestra. We will also have a Food Truck Round-up in the east parking lot!

Our Open House is an opportunity to get to know you, our neighbors.  Share your Sunday morning with us! We look forward to meeting YOUR family!

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot, entered from Campbell Road just north of the church, or under our solar parking facility on the east side. The campus and Church are fully wheelchair-accessible. The office phone is 299-6421.