SJB Concert Series continues October 13
Thank you to Robert Cruz, Cathedral Director of Music, for the first in our Cathedral Concert Series, which began Friday, Sept 1!
Look for more to come!
“When the Cathedral’s Adult Faith Formation announced they would offer a ‘Catholic Retrospective’ on the Reformation during the fall and explore miracles and apparitions in the spring, all sorts of ideas for the concert series started popping into my head,” says Robert Cruz, Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral. “Thematically, the 2017-2018 Concert Series focuses on ‘vision.’ Sometimes in a literal sense as in Kermit Poling’s Visions of the Virgin or in a special Vespers service commemorating the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe (that will use music composed in the Spanish New World during the 16th and 17th Centuries). But it also encompasses ‘vision’ in a more metaphorical sense. For instance, the ‘Bach and Forth’ recital (Sept 1) linked together works of J. S. Bach, who represents in many ways the culmination of the Lutheran musical tradition, with specifically Catholic composers in a way that allows us to ‘see’ both sides of the confessional divide in a new light. And Prisma’s performance of Messiah will use the 1754 version of the work, which in some cases is noticeably different than the standard version usually performed. That again allows us to ‘see’ something familiar in a fresh and exciting way. And perhaps most ‘visionary’ of all will be Bruce Neswick’s recital in April that will conclude with an improvisation on a submitted theme: it doesn’t get any more ‘fresh’ and ‘new’ than that!”
The concert dates for the 2017-2018 season are as follows:
Bach and Forth: An Ecumenical Organ Recital – Robert Cruz, organ – September 1 at 7:00 pm
Visions of the Virgin by Kermit Poling – Festival String Quartet – October 13 at 7:00 pm
Handel’s Messiah (1754 version) – Prisma Vocal Ensemble – November 19 at 3:00 pm (performance at Anderson Auditorium)
Vespers from the New World – St. Cecelia Diocesan Choir – December 12 at 6:00 pm
Renaissance Choral Music – Centenary College Camerata – February 5 at 7:30 pm
Organ Recital – Bruce Neswick, organ – April 6 at 7:00 pm
The Cathedral Concert Series, now in its second season, seeks to carry the beauty of Catholic Church’s musical heritage into the larger community. All Concert Series programs are presented free of charge, though donations are gladly accepted.