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Organ Restoration Benefit Concert
Messiah at Ascension and Saint Agnes
Sunday Dec 2, 2012
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
For the second year, the Choir and Baroque Ensemble of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, conducted by organist and choirmaster J. Owen Burdick, present Handel's Messiah, in a performance to benefit the restoration of the organ.
Join us for a powerful experience of Handel's beloved oratorio, unrivaled in its intimacy and immediacy -- Messiah as it was meant to be heard! Dr. Burdick, a foremost authority, performer, and conductor of this work, will lead the chamber choir and period instrumentalists in a production refined over multiple seasons at Trinity Wall Street and hailed by the New York Times as "the best in New York" and "a Messiah to beat in a season bursting with them!"
All proceeds from this event will assist in the repair of the church's fine pipe organ, which was badly damaged by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the Washington region in August 2011. Originally installed in 2000, the Létourneau organ was silenced when falling stonework caused structural damage to the church's roof, turret spire, and organ loft. Since then, repairs to the church building have been completed, and the organ is in the final stages of restoration.
With your support, we are pleased to present this masterwork to ensure that the musicians of Ascension and Saint Agnes may continue to provide spiritual sustenance and contribute to the musical life of our city.
All concertgoers are cordially invited to a reception in the Parish Hall following the performance.
Tickets: $75, $55, $35
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About Our Community
Ascension and St. Agnes is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and part of the worlwide Anglican Communion. Our congregation comprises families and individuals of all ages and from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences. We come from both the immediate neighborhood and from the larger Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
We value connection with God, with each other, and with our better selves. We are here for Christians to have a parish home, for those seeking God to explore and question, and for those feeling alienated from God to have a spiritual center.
Whoever you are and wherever you are in your spiritual life, we invite you to be part of our community.