Organist Ritter featured in last Evensong concert of the season

Organist Ritter featured in last Evensong concert of the season
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Special Report. September 21, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — The last organ recital and Evensong of the season will be Sunday, September 30th, at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. Organist for this recital will be Kyle Ritter, Canon Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville.

COVER IMAGE: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. Photographic image submitted.

Ritter earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Indiana University, where he was a pupil of Robert Rayfield and Marilyn Keiser.  Ritter is active in the Association of Anglican Musicians, is an adjunct faculty member at Brevard College, and chairs the Liturgy and Music Commission of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, in addition to his duties at the Cathedral.

This free concert begins at 3 pm, and is immediately followed by Solemn Evensong (with incense) at 3:30.

Music for this Evensong includes the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (St. Paul’s Service) by Howells, with Preces and Responses by Shepherd.  The introit will be Rheinberger’s Abendlied (‘Evening Song’), and the anthem is an exciting piece about a battle between the Archangel Michael and a dragon, Factum est silencium, by Dering.

Evensong is sung daily at Anglican cathedrals and churches around the world and offers an opportunity for rest and reflection in the midst of our stressful lives. The choir of St. Mary’s studies abroad each triennium with one of the leading choral directors of Anglican music in Cambridge, U.K., and this past May studied with Tim Brown, professor emeritus of Clare College.

The choir sings Evensong one Sunday each month during the warmer months, and everyone is welcome.  The church is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock.  For more information on this service, please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828.295.7323, or follow us on Facebook @ MusicfromStMaryoftheHills.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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