Music at Trinity
Trinity-St. Stephen’s is steeped in a long tradition of fine music-making. Quality worship music is an essential part of our overall ministry. Our church is blessed to have a sanctuary second-to-none in terms of its beauty, its acoustics, and its unencumbered sight lines. It will seat in excess of 800 people.
Thanks to the vision of our congregation in the early 1990s, these fundamental qualities were further enhanced. The pulpit platform and choir loft areas were re-built to create a larger performance space. The choir chairs are removable; the choir risers trundle; and the re-built 3-manual (1995) Casavant-Frères pipe organ sits on an hydraulic lift that can lower the organ into the basement. The open area created can comfortably accommodate a symphony orchestra.
So far this wonderful space you see above has been underutilized.
The Concert Series
In the Spring 2013 we launched a concert series for our community that will more fully utilize this exceptional space. The series has been succinctly titled “Music at Trinity”. Advertising will clearly indicate that “Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church” is the home of and host for the series.
We began modestly with 3 concerts in 2013. We also intend, over time, to provide a varied concert offering: classical, contemporary, folk, blues, choral, instrumental, etc. We want the series to have broad community appeal while always respecting the “sanctuary” environment in which these concerts will be held.
Any net revenues from these events will be dedicated to ensuring that this space at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church is well maintained and will remain available to this congregation and to the Amherst area community for many years to come!
Trinity-St. Stephen’s is most grateful to the Family and Friends of the late Margaret (Margie) J. MacMaster for the recent (Feb. ‘14) generous donation of a new C7 Concert Grand Piano for the sanctuary. This piano will be a most welcome addition to Sunday worship and to the on-going music ministry of this church. It will also be invaluable in attracting many concert artists who require such
an instrument and who may be interested in performing in our Music at Trinity Concert Series. This wonderful instrument was dedicated at morning worship on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
2019/2020 Season Details
On behalf of the Music at Trinity Committee, I am pleased to announce our 2019-2020 Concert Series.
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm – Ventus Machina Woodwind Quintet with Monette Gould, soprano will present their program titled “Quintet-sentially Opera”.
Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm – Symphony Nova Scotia. On this occasion the orchestra, led by the internationally-acclaimed violinist, Jeanne Lamon, will present a program titled “Inspiring Bach”. This concert is part of the Symphony’s Baroque Series.
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm – Pipe organist, Alcee Chriss III will perform on the church’s outstanding Casavant-Frères instrument. (The March 29, 2020 concert has been CANCELLED)
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm – Canada’s world-renowned tenor, Ben Heppner joins the award-winning Halifax Camerata Singers conducted by Jeff Joudrey in presenting “Celebrate!” – a program of gospel, spirituals, folk music and other musical gems.
The Committee is very confident that we have assembled a series that presents distinguished, highly talented musicians of national and international fame. We look forward to your support by joining us for these concerts.
Gary A. Miller
Chair, Music at Trinity