Concerts & Special Events

Concerts & Special Events

Throughout the year, Saint John's is pleased to present a variety of concerts and special musical events to the community. 


Music at Midday
Season 3 Continues
Wednesdays, February 28-April 25

Free Recitals at Noon, followed by lunch for $5 at 12:30 in the Common Room. This Spring some recitals will take place outside on the Labyrinth (weather permitting).

Music at Midday


Handel's Messiah - SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $20 donation
Special Forum: Handel's Messiah: the Music and the Man Behind It
Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm
Saint John’s Choir, Baroque Orchestra, and Soloists
Timothy Brown, conductor
Meray Boustani, soprano
Whitney Hollis, soprano
Nicholas Garza, countertenor/tenor
Rachel Horton, mezzo-soprano
Timothy Petty, bass-baritone
Kelly DeLameter, bass-baritone
Adam Pajan, organ
Joseph Arndt, harpsichord

This will be a rare performance in Oklahoma of Handel's Messiah done at baroque pitch (A=415Hz, as opposed to modern pitch where A=440Hz) with a baroque orchestra. It may be the first such performance in the state. We will again welcome guest conductor Timothy Brown, retired Director of Music at Clare College in Cambridge, England.

Handel composed Messiah at a rapid pace in August and September of 1741. The texts all come from the Bible and were selected by Charles Jennens, an arts patron and a friend of Handel’s. The chosen scriptures begin with the Old Testament prophets foretelling the coming of the Savior and continue with Christ’s birth, life, passion, and resurrection.

This concert is possible through a generous donation from Katherine Magrini.

Forum speakers are Tim Brown and Anna Battigelli, the visiting Bell Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Tulsa. Moderated by Joseph Arndt. The audience is invited to bring questions for the speakers.
Wittenberg 500: Remembering the Protestant Reformation
October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
Reformation Forum – 9:00 am
Service including Reformation-era music – 10:00 am
Forum speakers include:
Dr. Emily Graham, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Paul Hatley, Professor of History and Political Science, Rogers State University
Dr. William Lyons, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, Oral Roberts University


Wittenberg 500: A Mighty Fortress is Our God!
A Concert of Reformation-Era Music
October 29 at 5:30 pm
Admission is free
Music of Hammerschmidt, Praetorius, Rosenmüller, Schütz, and others
The Choir of Saint John’s
Ryland Angel, countertenor
Ben-David Aronson, Adam Bregman, Liza Malamut, Paul Von Hoff, sackbuts
Adam Pajan, organ
Joseph Arndt, conductor

Spring Cantata Festival 
at St. John’s
Sunday, May 21, 3pm

Meray Boustani, soprano
Musicians from the Dallas Bach Society
Joseph Arndt, harpsichord/conductor
Cantatas by Bach and Buxtehude for soprano, trumpet, strings, and harpsichord
Program includes:
Singet dem Herrn, BuxWV 98 – Dietrich Buxtehude
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Admission is free


Mary Ann Stewart
at St. John’s
Sunday 7 August, 10:00 am

Mary Ann Stewart is a renowned opera singer who grew up as a member here at Saint John’s. The daughter of parishioner Margaret Stewart, she will sing Gounod’s “O divine Redeemer” for the offertory anthem.

Music at Midday
2016-17 season begins,
Wednesday 21 September, Noon

Joseph Arndt was recently appointed Adjunct Professor of Harpsichord at the Brisch Center for Historical Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma. Music at Midday this fall will feature several faculty members from the Brisch Center.

Music at Midday

Trio Settecento
at St. John’s
Sunday 23 October, 5:00pm

This concert by this baroque ensemble trio, known for their “imagination, vigor, technical polish, and historical insight” is co-sponsored by Chamber Music Tulsa.

Sarah Coburn
at St. John’s
Sunday 13 November 13, 3:00pm

Join us for a concert with internationally-renowned opera star Sarah Coburn. This will be a ticketed event with a suggested $20 donation.