Al Purrington Concert Series

Series Description

The 2016-17 Al Purrington Sacred Music on the Square Concert Series at Christ Church promises to be the most ambitious season to date, with ten concerts scheduled from September 2016 through May 2017. Living into its mission to bring world-class music to Raleigh, Sacred Music on the Square will present The Bach Festival. Conducted by Organist and Choirmaster David Jernigan, this series of four concerts will bring collaboration between the North Carolina Baroque Chamber Players and the newly formed Raleigh Bach Soloists, a professional vocal ensemble of singers dedicated to the stylistic performance of Baroque music. This skilled group of musicians will perform three concerts featuring some of Bach’s most famous and vivid church cantatas, along with three of Bach’s six motets.

In addition to The Bach Festival, the 2016-17 concert series features a three-part Organ Festival, and performances of Duruflé’s Requiem and Harris’s Faire is the Heaven. Other highlights from the upcoming series include a festival of hymns and anthems for Easter, and an evening of Abendmusik, complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres, in the newly completed Christ Church Commons.

Upcoming Concerts

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra
David Jernigan, Director
Tickets: $25 - Purchase tickets here.

Johann Sebastian Bach is thought of largely as the culmination of the Baroque Period and his comprehensive knowledge of all styles and nationalities of music leading up to his ti...

The Choirs of Christ Church Raleigh
David Jernigan, Director

Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48, is one of the most frequently performed works in all of classical music. Fauré wrote “that I see death…as an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience,” and so his...

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra
David Jernigan, Director
Tickets: $35/concert or $50 for both - Purchase tickets here.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is one of the greatest sacred choral works ever written. Similar in size and scale (though far surpassing in symbolism and co...

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra
David Jernigan, Director
Tickets: $35/concert or $50 for both - Purchase tickets here.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is one of the greatest sacred choral works ever written. Similar in size and scale (though far surpassing in symbolism and com...

Sherezade Panthaki, Soprano & Daniel Shirley, Tenor
The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra
David Jernigan, Director
Tickets: $25 - Purchase tickets here.

World famous and critically acclaimed oratorio soprano, Sherezade Panthaki, has worked with the world’s foremost interprete...

Tamsin Simmill, Mezzo-Soprano
The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra
David Jernigan, Director
Tickets: $25 - Purchase tickets here.

The Easter Oratorio is the second of J.S. Bach’s three oratorios and, like the Ascension Oratorio, is smaller by far than its older cousin, The C...

The Choirs of Christ Church Raleigh
David Jernigan, Director

In this third annual Festival of Hymns and Anthems, the Choirs of Christ Church Raleigh bask in the glorious, centuries old musical traditions of the great cathedrals of the Anglican Church.

Free and Open to the Public

Past Concerts

Johann Sebastian Bach’s first published and most complex organ work, Clavier-Übung III (Keyboard Practice) is a collection of pieces based on Lutheran service music and hymn tunes. This is the second of a two-part performance of the complete Clavier-Übung III and will feature the very grand Pre...

Take a break from work and enjoy a thirty-five minute lunch time organ recital. Recitalists include Duke Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson, and Homer Furgeson of Emanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines.

Take a break from work and enjoy a thirty-five minute lunch time organ recital. Recitalists include Duke Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson, and Homer Furgeson of Emanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines.

Maurice Duruflé’s impressionist Requiem, op. 9, is easily one of the most famous and highly regarded choral works of the twentieth century. A sacred masterpiece, the Requiem interweaves the ancient chants of the Latin mass for the dead in a kaleidoscopic fantasy of modal harmonies and florid lin...

The first in a series of three concerts, David Jernigan conducts the Raleigh Bach Soloists and the North Carolina Chamber Players in performances of J.S. Bach’s most well-known advent cantatas Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) and Nun komm der heiden Heiland (BWV 62), as well as the famo...

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and the NC Baroque Chamber Players take us back to New Years in Leipzig with cantatas, 171, Gott wie dein Name (God so your name is, so also is your praise), and 190, Singet dem Herrn (Sing a new song to the Lord), both composed for the six-day celebration of New Year€..

This first concert in the newly renovated Christ Church Commons features North Carolina Symphony principal second violinist Elizabeth Phelps and harpsichordist Beverly Biggs in an evening of baroque chamber music. Experience this music as it was meant to be heard, with friends, wine and hors d’oeu...

The Raleigh Bach Soloists and the NC Baroque Chamber Players conducted by David Jernigan conclude this year’s Bach Festival with the early Easter cantata, Christ lag in Todes Banden, the celebratory cantata Lobe den Herrn, and the motet Lobet den Herrn alla Heiden whose spritely conclusion of...

Bruce Neswick, internationally renowned organist, choral conductor, and composer leads the congregation and choir in a festival of hymns and anthems for Easter and Ascension.