- Parish House
Music and the visual arts are celebrated at Christ Church
Thomas Aquinas said that since God is the “supreme beauty”, beauty can be found in everything that exists. Like many Christians since, we at Christ Church believe that artists, whether painters or singers or sculptors or poets, show us something of God when they show us the world’s truth and beauty. So the concerts you hear or the paintings you enjoy or authors you encounter here are part of our ministry, even when the art isn’t overtly Christian in its theme or subject matter. We believe that all beauty is of God, which is why we host and support the arts in our community.
Concerts @ CC
Music is an important part of our life here at Christ Church, but our passion for great music extends beyond our worship services. For years Christ Church has hosted some of the world’s finest choirs and organists. In recent memory we have hosted Gloria Dei Cantores, Nathan Laube, The Kenyan College Singers, Quink, The Cincinnati Boys’ Choir, and more. Organists Craig Cramer and Fred Teardo played at Christ Church in the fall of 2011, and we thoroughly enjoyed Anonymous 4 and The Vienna Boys’ Choir in 2012. Chanticleer will sing in October, 2012. For more information about concerts at Christ Church, contact our organist/choirmaster, Steve Bullock.
A rotating display of original artwork by local artists almost always hangs on the walls of main gathering space in the Parish House. The Gallery is open to the public each weekday during regular business hours. The Gallery is also a regular stop on downtown Little Rock’s Second Friday Art Night. New exhibitions generally kick off with a reception on Second Friday that is free to the public, with the featured artists present.
The Arkansas Literary Festival
Christ Church has been a sponsor of the Arkansas Literary Festival for several years now, underwriting authors like Eliza Griswold and Pico Iyer, and hosting bestselling Arkansas author (and Episcopalian) Charlaine Harris’s lecture at the 2011 festival. Our own Jay Jennings also presented at the 2011 festival, reading from his book Carry the Rock: Race, Football, and the Soul of an American City.