St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Homeless Benefit Features “The Thirteen”

Date: February 25, 2017

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Nationally acclaimed choral group, “The Thirteen,” will perform “Bach Reflections,” featuring motets by Bach and other classical and contemporary composers. All proceeds will support St. Columba’s Water Ministry and Rebuilding Together, with particular emphasis on ensuring that Water Ministry can for the first time stay open through the summer months. Mark your calendars!

The Thirteen comprises young singers from all over the country, many of whom also sing in other premiere groups such as Chanticleer and Seraphic Fire. Known for virtuosic polyphony in an often challenging repertoire, The Thirteen has garnered accolades for its choral artistry and precision. As of the 2016-17 season, it is now resident in Washington, DC, offering most of its programs at St. Columba’s. The Thirteen was founded and is led by Matthew Robertson, who began his musical career as a chorister at St. Columba’s. He elicits from his young singers a remarkable blend, balancing solos and flawless choral harmony. (Read more at

The St. Columba's homeless ministries relying on this concert for support also have national reputations. When it opened in 1990, Water Ministry was groundbreaking in recognizing that people who are homeless have needs beyond hot meals and shelter–if they cannot bathe or do laundry, they are hampered in finding employment or housing. Water Ministry provides these essential services, as well as a warm, safe place to be in the middle of the day, four days a week. However, it has always closed in early June, lacking funding and volunteers to stay open through the summer months, when the need for showers and laundry are even greater, and feeding programs more scarce. The estimated cost to remain open through the summer is $10,000 over the program’s $55,000 annual budget. Your generous support of this concert will help us maintain and extend the program.

Rebuilding Together is now a national program that began as a St. Columba’s ministry called “Christmas in April.” Concert proceeds will help fund house-repair projects to refurbish the homes of low-income, elderly or handicapped District residents during the last two weeks of April.

So join us Sat., Feb. 25 at 6 pm! Sponsors are welcome at $1,000 (8 reserved seats), $500 (4 seats) or $250 (2 seats) levles; sponsors will be listed in our program. General admission tickets at $35 will be available in advance online and in the Common on Sundays prior to the concert; and $40 at the door, while the supply lasts. Additional donations are most welcome. Come hear these joyful voices raise the roof of St. Columba's, while helping to provide shelter to those of our neighbors who need it the most.

Questions? Contact: the Rev. Kate Heichler

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