With only a few short weeks until NorCal AIDS Cycle 2015 begins, training and fund-raising has kicked into high gear.
With only six weeks until the start of NCAC 2015, training is kicking into high gear. As the days go on, I will be on the bike for more days and longer rides. Don’t want to be caught out-of-shape when we tackle the big hill on May 16th!
Fund-raising has been going in earnest. My benefit organ concert netted over $2500, and was very successful At this point I am about 75% of the way towards making my fund-raising goal of eight-thousand dollars. If you have been planning to support NorCal AIDS Cycle for 2015, but just haven’t gotten around to it, please click the link below to go to my personal NCAC webpage.
Though AIDS is not in the forefront of the news theses days, it is still with us. New infections occur with alarming regularity, and yes, people can still die from it. And the reality is, that there is almost no government funding available to small local agencies involved in treatment, prevention, and education around HIV/AIDS. Many of these agencies right here in our community are struggling just to keep their doors open. Your contribution, large or small, can make a huge difference to someone in our community.
For those who have already contributed, you have my deep and humble thanks. For those who have not, please take a moment to make a difference in our community!
Palm Sunday/The Sunday of the Passion, March 29
- 9:00 am – Music sung by the Cathedral Choirsters and Celebration Choir including the anthems “Ride on, King Jesus” and “My Song is Love Unknown” by Molly Ijames.
- 11:15 am – Music sung by the Cathedral Choir and Catheedral choristers including the anthems “Ride on, King Jesus” and “O Hilf Christe” by Heinrich Schütz..
Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm
- The Solemn Office of Tenebrae – Music sung by Resurrexit including “Tenebrae Responsories” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, and music by Jacob Handl and Felice Anerio.
Maundy Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm
- Maundy Thursday Eucharist – Music by the Celebration Choir, including the anthem ”An Upper room” arranged by Hal Hopson.
Good Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm
- Good Friday Liturgy and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament – Music by the Cathedral Choir including “O Saviour of the World” by Frederick Gore-Ouseley and “O Hilf Christe” by Heinrich Schütz.
Holy Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm
- The Great Vigil of Easter – Music by the Cathedral Choir including the anthems “Alleluia” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Surgens Jesus” by Peter Phillips, and other music by Peter Hallock, Paul Halley, and Giuseppe Pitoni.
Easter Sunday, April 5
- 7:30 am Eucharist – Music by members of the Cathedral Choir, including the anthem “Alleluia” by Johann Sebastian Bach.
- 9:00 am Eucharist – Music by the Celebration Choir including the anthem “The Tomb Stands Empty” by Craig Courtney, with trumpeter Matthew Garza.
- 11:15 am Eucharist – Music by the Cathedral Choir including the anthem“Surgens Jesus” by Peter Phillips, and organ music by Andrea Gabrieli and Alan Wilson, with trumpeter Matthew Garza.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in midtown Sacramento.
It’s a foggy Sacramento morning, and I am trying to motivate myself to get out for a training ride. With less than three months until the start of NorCal AIDS Cycle, I need to double down and get serious!
Fund-raising is coming along, but I’m only a quarter of the way to my goal of raising $8000 for 2015. To help this along, I’ll be doing a Benefit Pipe Organ concert for NCAC on Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 pm. I’ll be “riding” the newly restored Reuter organ at Trinity Cathedral, located at 2620 Capitol Avenue in mid-town Sacramento. I hope you can come an support NCAC and enjoy an afternoon of music in the process. If you can’t make it to the concert, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to my fund-raising effort, by clicking the link below. Every contribution, large or small, make a difference in OUR community.
Your support is critical this year… one of our beneficiaries had to close their doors this year, because funding had become so difficult. This agency provided testing and prevention services, and referrals and transportation for medical care, and now those suffering from this disease will have to look elsewhere.
A massive thank you to all of you who have supported NCAC 2015 so far. I hope you will all join me on March 8 as I pedal through some great music, so that I can pedal 330 miles on a bike in May!
Click here to make a quick and easy contribution: http://tinyurl.com/l6ezaq7
Ken Piercy showed up at Trinity Cathedral nearly twenty years ago. He’d been a member of the choir at St Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego, and had starting attending Trinity Cathedral. He was interested in joining our Cathedral Choir… he auditioned for me, and was welcomed into the choir.
Ken thought it very important right from the first, that I and the members of the choir know that he was HIV+. I was a little taken aback… he was the first person I’d met who had it, and there was still a lot of misinformation about AIDS out there. But his genuineness and warmth won members of the choir over. He was always unapologetic about who he was, but was never obnoxious about it.
He was a active participant in the Trinity Cathedral Choir for over ten years, and traveled to England with us three times to sing in England’s great Cathedrals including Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Ken always said “I am the face of AIDS,” and the contributions he made to education and awareness of HIV/AIDS were exceptional. He helped to start the AIDS Interfaith Network, which provided support to faith communities grappling with this issue. In particular, he was active in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California through the HIV/AIDS commission, and travelled all over the North state educating folks about HIV, and the challenges faced by those who suffer from it. His warm and loving personality put a “face” on the disease, and changed the attitudes and preconceptions of many people.
His own personal health gave him challenges through the years. The meds would stop working… he’d get sick… and then something new would come up, and he would rally and be back with us. In late 2010, Ken became sick again. He seemed to have decided not to fight the disease any more. After having spent a lot of time at the VA hospital in Martinez, he was moved back to Sacramento, where he could be surrounded by the many friends he had here. The countless people who visited him during his last few weeks, are a testament to how deeply he was cared about and loved by so many people. On April 10, 2011, Ken joined a new choir as he passed into new life, just a few weeks before I participated in my first NorCal AIDS Cycle.
So, for the fifth year in a row, I am riding in NorCal AIDS Cycle, a 300 mile/four day bike ride, which raises funds for agencies in OUR community who serve those suffering from HIV/AIDS. And as I have every year, I am riding in the memory if this extraordinary man. And again, I am asking your support. No contribution is too small (or too large!), so just click the link below to make a fast and easy tax-deductible contribution to NCAC for 2015.
Thank you all for your support!
On Saturday, we said a final goodbye to our friend Jim Shultz. Jim first came to Trinity Cathedral in 2001, and shortly after introduced himself to me. He had taken organ lessons with Edgar Billups at St Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego in the past, and was interested in having organ lessons with me.
Jim was an excellent student… he actually practiced between lessons, and came prepared (those of you who are music teachers understand how exciting this is). He became so skilled, that he was a regular substitute for me at the Cathedral, and at many other churches around Sacramento. At my urging he joined the Sacramento Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and was an active board member, and editor of the chapter newsletter for many years.
Jim was also very supportive of our Cathedral Music Program. Even after he was diagnosed with Appendiceal cancer, he attended concerts and Evensong whenever he could.
For several years, we’ve had bats roosting in the apex of the roof at the North end of the Cathedral. Under that apex sits the organ’s en-chamade “Imperial Trumpet” stop. Where there are bats, so will be bat guano, and that guano caused some damage, and several notes in the trumpet wouldn’t play. I had gotten a estimate of $6,000 to do the repair work, to make it like new. During my sabbatical in 2010, Jim, in his own quiet way, went out and raised the money to get the work done. When I arrived back from sabbatical, he told me, “there should be six-thousand dollars in the bank now, to get the work done on the trumpet.” A couple of years ago, when we first started talking about doing a major renovation of the Cathedral organ, Jim was the first to make a very generous donation to the fund. That was before there even was a “fund!”
Jim was diagnosed with cancer about three years ago. He underwent several surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy to battle the cancer. One of the side effects of the chemo was neuropathy in his hands and feet, making it very difficult for him to play the organ and piano. This was a great frustration for him to be unable to play the music he loved. Despite it all, his gentle positive spirit always shone through, during the good and the bad.
About a year ago, we had a conversation about the music for his memorial service. He had very specific desires for the music, and left copious notes regarding the service. At the bottom of this blog, you can see the entire order of music for his memorial service.
Jim went into the ER on Saturday, October 4th, and died early the next morning. Though we all knew this was coming some day, we weren’t quite ready for it yet. Now that he is gone from our sight, it seems like there are some notes missing from our song. But now, in the nearer presence of God, I am confident that he is experiencing a music which is unlike anything any of us can ever imagine. And he can’t wait to share it with us.
Music for Jim Shultz Memorial Service, October 11, 2014:
- Setting: Missa Brevis Sancti Joannes de Deo – Franz Joseph Haydn
- Organ Voluntaries: Schmücke dich, O Liebe Seele – Johann Sebastian Bach; Adagio in g minor – Tomaso Albinoni, realized by Remo Giazotto; Prelude & Fugue in f minor (BWV 534) – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Hymns: “O Praise ye the Lord” (Laudate Dominum); “Abide with me” (Eventide); When in our music, God is Glorified (Engelberg)
- Psalm 23 (Simplified Anglican chant); Celtic Alleluia – Fintan O’ Carrol and Christopher Walker
- Offertory Motet: “Ave Verum Corpus” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Trinity Cathedral Choir, Canon David Link, Director of Music/organist & choirmaster; Dr Ryan Enright, assisting organist; Victoria Tognozzi and Cindy Lee, violinists; Leo Graven, cellist. The Reverend Canon Lynell Walker, celebrant and homilist; the Very Reverend Dr Brian Baker, officiant.