Sundays at Rockefeller
Sundays at 11 am
As the glorious architecture of this historic Chapel prompts, Sunday worship at Rockefeller draws broadly upon the beauty of cathedral tradition, and also incorporates wisdom and musical and liturgical resources from many times and places. The sacrament of bread and wine is offered to all who wish to receive. All are welcome at the table, always. Childcare is offered for small children.
Gabriel Fauré Messe basse sung by the Decani
Traditional spirituals sung by Chapel Choir artists in residence
Music of Aaron Copland sung by Chapel Choir artists in residence
Members of Rockefeller Chapel Choir sing Mozart Missa Brevis K192 with organ
Music of Monteverdi for two tenors, and other music from St. Mark’s Venice
Members of the Rockefeller Chapel Choir sing Harold Darke Mass in F
Music for flute and soprano featuring artist in residence Kaitlin Foley
Keith Murphy leads the Decani in Flemish motets (from Belgium and the Netherlands) from the sixteenth century
Special guests The Rookery men’s choir sing sacred American folksongs
Artists in residence Kaitlin Foley and Lon Ellenberger sing selections from Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Rockefeller Chapel Choir
One of the oldest choral ensembles in the Chicago area, the Chapel Choir is composed of auditioned members from the University and the community. The choir continues its tradition of presenting sacred choral masterpieces from around the world in concert and worship, including choral evensongs each quarter. Charles Montgomery Gray Scholars are undergraduate students who play a leading role in the Chapel Choir, funded by generous gifts given in Charles Montgomery Gray memory. The Decani, formerly the Rockefeller Sixteen, specialize in offering early music and other music suited to a small vocal ensemble.
The beautiful sound of the Chapel Choir rehearsing sacred masterworks of all musical styles and periods may be heard Thursday evenings, 7 pm to 8:15 pm during autumn, winter and spring academic terms.
The E.M. Skinner Organ
The magnificent E.M. Skinner pipe organ, opus 634, can be heard during Sunday services, in concert (for example the June 2nd Gala concert), and in recital on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm for Tea and Pipes.
The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon
The 72-bell Laura Spelman Rockefeller carillon, installed in the Chapel in 1932, is played following Sunday services at 12:15 pm and at 12 noon and 5 pm during the week throughout the academic year.
Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter at Rockefeller
Wednesday February 13
Services of imposition of ashes at Bond Chapel at 7:30 am and 7 pm (with Communion); and “ashes to go” until 9 am at Bond Chapel, and from 9 am to 5 pm at Rockefeller Chapel
March 24 at 11 am, the Passion texts in Victoria’s Renaissance setting; and at 3 pm, Johann Sebastian Bach St. John Passion, sung by the Chicago Chorale
March 28 at 7 pm
The Spektral Quartet, ensemble in residence at the University of Chicago Department of Music, plays Franz-Joseph Haydn Seven Last Words in the context of the traditional Maundy Thursday liturgy
March 29 at 12 noon, Good Friday vigil; and at 7 pm, Marcel Dupré Le Chemin de la Croix, with Thomas Weisflog, organ
Festival Eucharist at 11 am
The Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Orchestra present Antonio Vivaldi’s exuberant Gloria, with the traditional glorious sounds of Easter hymns accompanied by organ and orchestra
Dean Elizabeth Davenport