Candlelight Concerts

Dear Friends,

I am very excited to announce the 2018-2019 Candlelight Concert Series, and to be celebrating 40 years of Candlelight Concerts. For years, this has been supporting the vitality of music at St. Mary the Virgin and the Cow Hollow community.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, we are pleased to be able to offer these concerts without charge, only asking for a free-will donation. With your support, we are glad to announce four exciting Candlelight Concerts this year, plus a series of special events with our own Parish Choir.

All gifts, large and small, are very gladly received, and are essential to providing this ministry to our community on an ongoing basis. Please consider prioritizing Friends of Music this year. All donations are tax-deductible.

Checks may be paid to Friends of Music, or donations can be made by pressing donate button below, specifying “Friends of Music.”

I am very grateful to have your support. Thank you.  Download the Candlelight Concert Brochure.

Eric Choate
Director of Music
The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin


Friday, Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Society of San Francisco
Beethoven’s String Quartets Op. 74 and 130
“Seamlessly coordinated and empathetic”— SFCV

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Brian Thorsett
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Brian Thorsett, tenor
with Eric Choate, piano
Works by Schumann, Barber, and Choate

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Saturday, February 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
Emil Miland, ‘cello
with Eric Choate, organ
Guest appearance by Ellen Leslie, soprano
Works by Bach, Conte, and Choate

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Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Fog City Singers
Repeating their featured performance at the California Choral Directors Association’s state conference, 2019

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Musical Presentations

September 20, 2018 7:00 p.m. – Evensong – Feast of St. Matthew, the Evangelist – Supporting Edward II: Edward II serves Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) aged 18-24 who are at risk of homelessness, including youth aging out of foster care.

October 18, 2018 7:00 p.m. – Evensong – Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist – Sponsored by Elizabeth Gillespie Women in Music Fund – Supporting A Woman’s Place: A Woman’s Place (AWP) is the only 24-hour supportive residential services in San Francisco offering emergency shelter and long-term treatment programs to women and transgender women with special needs due to mental disabilities, sexual or domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and HIV+/AIDS-related issues.

Thursday, November 1, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. Eucharist on the Eve of All Souls’ – Gabriel Fauré’s Missa da Requiem, St. Mary’s Parish Choir, Jonathan Dimmock, organ

December 16, 2018 –  9:00 and 11:00 a.m. – A service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, featuring the Choral Program at St. Mary the Virgin

February 2, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – Evensong – Feast of the Presentation – Supporting Braid Mission: Braid Mission is a non-profit organization whose intergenerational mentoring program is designed to support Bay Area youth who have experienced life in the foster care system.

March 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Evensong – Feast of the Annunciation (observed) – Supporting HOMEY: The mission of HOMEY is to transform the lives of high-risk youth and inspire them to not only choose a path of education, self-sufficiency and non-violence, but also strive towards physical, mental and emotional health. We do this through the youth development practices of skill building, relationship building, youth participation in decision-making, and community involvement.

June 1, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – Evensong – Feast of the Visitation (observed) – Supporting St. Mary’s Youth Group Mission Trip: The St. Mary’s Youth Group is a place where our teens can find a safe place to grow as a community, and grow in their faith. Loving leaders and teens meet weekly for Christ-centered discussions and games. In addition, from time to time we participate in some kind of community service, from feeding the hungry in San Francisco, to traveling internationally on our annual Youth Mission Trip.