The Advent's musical tradition has been renowned for generations. Drawing on the resources of a region rich in world-class musicians, the Choirs offer a varied repertoire performed to the highest standards, supported by the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, a landmark of the American Classic Style.
The Choir of the Church of the Advent sings at the 11:00 Solemn Mass on Sundays, Lessons & Carols for Advent and Christmas, the evening services of Holy Week, and other weeknight Solemn Masses throughout the year. The Choir has issued numerous recordings on the Arsis label.
A History of Advent Organs
For two and a half centuries Boston has been a city of organs and organ-builders. When Thomas Brattle’s little chamber organ arrived from London in 1708 it was quite a novelty; the Reverend Joseph Green of Salem noted in his diary that he had been to Brattle’s house and “heard ye organ and saw strange things in a microscope.” In those days an organ in a home was a delight, but an organ in a church was an abomination. [Continue Reading]