Christmas Eve Vespers is an experience unique to Saint Peterâ€™s, with jazz, classical music, and dance collaborating to celebrate the mystery of Christ's Incarnation.
This year Cantor BĂˇlint Karosi presents â€śIn Nativitatem Domini Canticumâ€ť H.416 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, a moving example of French Baroque Christmas, performed by the Saint Peterâ€™s Choir and Orchestra. Dance at Saint Peterâ€™s presents choreography created specifically for the Saint Peterâ€™s Church sanctuary space making use of its many levels and baptismal font.
Director of Music for Jazz, Ike Sturm, presents a world-premiere setting of the historic chant â€śOf the Fatherâ€™s love begotten.â€ť Additionally, the Ike Sturm Ensemble leads the assembly in Christmas carols during the liturgy.
The liturgy starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs for approximately one-and-a-half hours. A jazz prelude begins at 4:45 p.m.
The Backstrom Memorial Fund provides funding for new works by BĂˇlint Karosi and Ike Sturm.
Please join us for this joyous liturgy at Saint Peterâ€™s.
For Christmas Eve Vespers, please visit: spc-christmas2018.eventbrite.com
Saint Peterâ€™s Church is a welcoming and diverse evangelical catholic communion. This community's liturgical practice is rooted in the long and robust tradition of the church expressed in contemporary time and thoughtful innovation. People of all different backgrounds find nourishment in and are welcome to take part fully in the life of this community.
Planning your visit
Saint Peter's Church is located at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 54th Street in midtown Manhattan, and is accessible to all people at the building entrances on Lexington Avenue and on 54th Street.
The E, M (weekdays only), 4, 5 and 6 trains stop nearby. As do the M57, M31, M50, M101 and M103 buses.