“Out-sing the Daylight Hours”: Poetry Reading and Choral Evensong for George Herbert’s Feast Day

posted Feb 19, 2015, 4:17 PM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 6:50 AM ]

“Out-sing the Daylight Hours”: Poetry Reading and Choral Evensong for George Herbert’s Feast Day

March 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, Newton Corner

Featuring Greg Miller, poet, Christian Lane, organist, and the Grace Church Choir directed by Joe Fort

 Greg Miller is the author of The Sea Sleeps: New and Selected Poems (Paraclete Press) and WatchRib Cage, and Iron Wheel (University of Chicago Press). The Grace Choir will give the US premiere of Howard Blake's "Songs of Truth and Love," five settings of poems by George Herbert. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis will be from Herbert Howells's "St. Paul's Service," thought by many to be his greatest setting of the canticles. The Grace Choir will be joined by Christian Lane, former Assistant Organist of Harvard's Memorial Church, 2011 winner of the Canadian Organ Competition, and present Vice-President of the American Guild of Organists.

Anglican priest and poet George Herbert (1593-1633) is one of the premiere poets of the English lyric. Poems from his collection The Temple continue to inspire lovers of poetry, people of faith, and composers 380 years after his death. He is commemorated on the calendar of the Episcopal Church on February 27.