Great Music at Calvary

Great Music at Calvary is a musical offering made freely to God and for the benefit of the Western New York community. Comprised of special services, recitals, and concerts, these musical offerings form the centerpiece of our music ministry.

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Great Music

2018-2019 Season

Choral Evensong

September 30, 2018  4:00 pm

A service of  choral evensong with the installation of officers of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Pre-service organ recital to begin at 3:30 pm

Memorial Concert

November 18, 2018  4:00 pm

A community memorial concert featuring the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré and the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Roland Martin.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 16, 2018  4:00 pm

The annual holiday tradition returns with a focus on old favorites and new a cappella gems.


January 20, 2019  7:00 pm

A brief but powerfully meditative service in the darkness of wintertime.

Choral Evensong

February 10, 2019  4:00 pm

at St. Louis Church

The Calvary Church Choir joins together with the St. Louis Church Choir (Frank Scinta, Choirmaster) to present a brief choral concert and choral evensong in the historic space.

Britten, British, and Beyond

March 10, 2019  4:00 pm

A celebration of English and English-inspired choir and organ music. Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb anchors the concert.

Choral Evensong

May 19, 2019  4:00 pm

A festive Eastertide celebration as the choir year draws to a close.

Carillon Concert Series

Calvary's Concert series continues for it's 31st season this summer. Bring a lawn chair and listen from outdoors, or indoors in case of rain. Refreshments available. Handicapped accessible. All Carillon concerts begin at 7:00 pm, followed by a second musical group at 8:00 pm.

  • July 10: Carillon concert by Carl Van Eyndhoven of Leuven, Belgium at 7:00 pm followed by a second musical group at 8:00 pm. 
  • July 24: Carillon concert by Margaret Pan of New England at 7:00 pm followed by a second musical group at 8:00 pm.  
  • July 31: Carillon concert by Geert D’hollander of Belgium and Florida at 7:00 pm followed by a second musical group at 8:00 pm. 
  • August 7: Carillon concert at 7:00 pm followed by a second musical group at 8:00 pm.  

Choral Evensong and Compline

Choral Evensong in an Anglican Church is a magnificent act of worship. Sung daily since the sixteenth century, this service is one piece of the total worship of God offered by Christian people at every hour of the day and night in every part of the world. Drawn almost entirely from the Bible, its primary purpose is to proclaim the wonderful works of God in history and in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its secondary purpose is to evoke from the worshiper a response of praise, penitence, prayer and obedience. Much of the music is sung by the Choir to classical and often elaborate settings dating from the time of the English Reformation (and earlier) to the present day. The form of worship is drawn from the first Prayer Book of King Edward VI (1549) and subsequent revisions. The congregation is invited to join silently in worship with the Choir as they offer prayers, Psalms, canticles, responses and other music on behalf of the congregation. The congregation is encouraged to join the choir in the singing of hymns and various other parts of the service.

Drawn from the most contemplative of the monastic offices begun in the middle ages, the candle-lit service of Compline offers music from Gregorian Chant and early polyphony to the contemporary music of modern mystics. Offered to God at the end of the day as a prayer of thanksgiving, Compline is also a plea for serenity and peace.

Friends of Great Music

Great Music at Calvary is made possible by your special contributions. Parishioners, friends, community members, and everyone who enjoys these special afternoon and evening services is welcome to become a Friend of Great Music. Your tax-deductable contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated. We are able to acknowledge gifts in the following categories:

      $25 - $99 - Friends

      $100 - $249 - Supporters

      $250 - $499 - Benefactors

      $500 and above - Sustainers

For more information or to be added to our Great Music at Calvary mailing list, please contact Kevin Durkin or 716-633-7800 x 229.