Choral Evensong and Organ Recital

Choral Evensong and Organ Recital

4:00 pm

2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

The 38th Season of the Second Sunday Evensong/Organ Recital Series concludes at St. Mark’s, Berkeley on Sunday, May 12, 2024. 

A Mother’s Day Choral Evensong, offered by the St. Mark’s Choir, George Emblom, director and Jonathan Dimmock, organist, will be offered at 4:00 p.m.
The Rev. Lizette Larson-Miller will officiate.

Music will include:

Responses:  Philip Radcliffe
Psalms 19, 46:  Walmisley / M. Luther
King’s College Service:  Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
Anthem:  As truly as God is our Father, so just as truly is he our Mother  William Mathias

Following Evensong (around 4:45pm) an Organ Recital be offered by Joseph Tak Maga.

Joseph Tak Maga will graduate from UC Berkeley with degrees in Music and Economics and a minor in Political Economy two hours before he plays this recital! At Cal, he studied organ with George Emblom, having previously studied with Jun Kim and Jonathan Dimmock. Joseph performs across the Bay Area, including as music director for musical theater productions and on the Sather Tower Carillon as a student of Jeff Davis. An active organist and pianist, he recently served in the fall of 2024 as interim organist for St. Mark’s, Berkeley during the sabbatical of the Director of Music. A winner of the UC Berkeley 2024 concerto competition, Joseph performed the Concerto pour orgue of Francis Poulenc with the University Orchestra, as well as An Alpine Symphony of Richard Strauss and the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé with the UC Berkeley Chamber and University Chorus.  
Mr. Maga is a recipient of UC Berkeley’s 2024 Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts.

Outside of music, Joseph was previously a research fellow at Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies and an intern for the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington. This summer, he will pursue his interests in foreign policy and economic development, traveling to Singapore as a policy research intern at a law firm.

His program will include:

Jean Langlais:  Prelude from Suite Médiévale

Joseph Jongen: Improvisation – Pastorale W. 338

Louis Vierne: Symphony No. 3,  iv. Adagio

Balbastre : Où s’en vont ces gais bergers

Langlais: Troisième fantaisie pour 2 organistes

Richard Proulx: Fanfare

J.S. Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659

Olivier Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur: v. – Les Enfants de Dieu

A festive reception will follow the program.
Parking is available in the parish lot at 2315 Ellsworth.

Tax-deductible contributions, at the following levels, are most welcome to help support the series.  

Donations received at the May program will be noted in the 2024-2025 season.
To support the series, visit:

$1-74 Supporter
$75-124 Friend
$125-249 Sponsor
$250-499 Patron
$500-999 Sustainer
$1000+ Benefactor

The St. Mark’s Choir made their sixth pilgrimage to England in July 2023 offering two one-week residencies Wells and Durham Cathedrals.
The Choir will return to England in 2026 with two one-week residencies in Norwich and Canterbury. 

An offering will be received at the Evensong in support of the Tour Scholarship Fund.  Visit:
or a check may be issued to to St. Mark’s Choir Association, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Thank you very, very much for your support.

The 39th season begins on Sunday, September 8 with organist Tom Mueller.

For further information, contact George Emblom at