Concerts

Pastyme is available for concerts any time of the year.  They have performed as part of the Early Music Festival in North and South Carolina, Spoletto in Charleston, SC as well as other venues in the Southeast. 

Pastyme has also performed as the solo ensemble for performances as the one in the photograph with the Carolina Concert Choir.

Smaller "concerts" have been provided for House Warmings, Church Dedications and special groups in places such as Lake Logan Episcopal Center.  Pastyme is also a much requested regular group for the Asheville World AIDS Day Vigil.

In February of 2010, Pastyme presented a benefit concertfor Haitian relief after the devastating earthquake raising over $2,000 for the American Red Cross relief efforts, and in December raised nearly $2,000 for The Church of the Advocate which is dedicated to serving the homeless, vulnerable and street people of the Asheville area.

Classical music as well as popular jazz styles are in the repertoire for any event you may have planned.  Valentine and Christmas concerts are a favorite to many.

Please visit the Contact page to connect with Pastyme and begin planning your event that will be long remembered.

Christmas Parties

Use your imagination!

 

Weddings

Let Pastyme make your special day even more memorable. 

From preludial music, vocal processional and recessional, or just some special ambience any where in between, Pastyme will be sure to make the service special for you, your family and guests.

The sounds of Pastyme's a cappella repertoire will make your wedding stand out from the others.  There is a lot of music available appropriate to the occasion, and Pastyme has quite a few Ave Maria's ready to go.

Please visit the Contact page to connect with Pastyme and begin planning your special day.

Evensong

Since its inception, Pastyme has been offering the service of Evensong at a number of Episcopal parishes in the Western North Carolina diocese. We are available for Evensong or other sacred services throughout the region, whether for the Advent or Lenten seasons or other times in the church year.  

Prior to the Reformation, Evensong was a common English name for the office of Vespers, one of the eight Canonical Hours of the divine office of the Roman Catholic church. However, in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer adopted during the English Reformation, Bishop Cranmer established the office of Evensong using elements taken from both Vespers and Compline, to be conducted in the English language, as was the case with the entire liturgy. After a series of slight modifications, the office of Evensong took its modern form in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, a form that is followed very closely in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church. 

Evensong, like all forms of liturgical worship, has elements of drama and ritual that nourish the spiritual life of the congregants. It is scripted according to a long history, originating in early Christian and perhaps Judaic evening worship. Evensong is traditionally mostly sung by a choir, with the full congregation participating in the intoning of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and hymns. As a part of the daily office, it is intended to be part of a regular discipline of worship, when regularly offered.

The structure of Evensong has three basic components: preparation, lessons, and prayer. Preparation occurs through a sung introit, an invitatory, and sometimes confession and absolution. Lessons are from a prescribed lectionary, including a psalm and readings from the Old and New Testaments, and always including the Canticles of Mary (the Magnificat) and Simeon (the Nunc Dimittis). These canticles are particularly powerful because, while taken from the gospels, they mark the transition from the Old to the New Testament and the redemption that the coming of Christ brings to us. Finally, the rubric concludes with prescribed prayers and collects, frequently followed by an anthem for the season. Because most of the service is sung, there is an abundance of music composed specifically for Evensong, including settings of the prayers and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, from the 16th through the 20th century.