A Lenten Experience: Choices of the Disciples
MARCH 2016—Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Elements Theatre Company collaborated to offer A Lenten Experience: Choices of the Disciples in vignettes of sacred music and written word. Lent is a liturgical season forty days before Easter, a season of penance, reflection and a renewal of Baptism, a time of the year lending us opportunity to stop, look and listen anew. It’s a time for the lens of our soul to take a look through God’s eyes, to see and hear new insights, to be reminded and freshly inspired.
Through this renewed perspective, Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Elements Theatre Company gave A Lenten Experience exploring the concepts of trust, betrayal of that trust, and the opportunity for reconciliation. The experience portrayed the disciples Peter, Andrew, Judas, plus Mary, Mother of God, Mary Magdalene, and others whose lives were forever changed by their decisions in the face of mercy and forgiveness.
“In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” Luke 22:20 (NIV)
Mozart’s Requiem & Britten’s The Company of Heaven
OCTOBER 2016—Gloriæ Dei Cantores presented Mozart’s Requiem, as well as a hidden gem, Britten’s The Company of Heaven in celebration of the Feast of All Saints. Led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Richard K. Pugsley, the concert was performed with full orchestra and world-class guest soloists Martha Guth, Soprano; Kathryn Leemhuis, Alto; Aaron Sheehan, Tenor; and Andrew Nolen, Bass. The concerts took place October 28 & 29 at the stunning Church of the Transfiguration at Rock Harbor in Orleans, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod). Filled with mosaics, frescos, and other sacred art, the venue provided the perfect setting for this pinnacle performance of Gloriæ Dei Cantores’ 2016 season. This concert was a highlight in New England for classical music and fine arts lovers.
The Mozart Requiem, Mozart’s final work, left unfinished at the time of his premature death in December of 1791, remains one of the most beloved works of the choral repertory. It is the summation of all that Mozart had absorbed of the classical style and the genius that he brought to the sacred music of his era. Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven masterfully intertwines music with biblical text, as well as poetry and prose by distinguished poets that highlights Britten’s great gift for setting words. The Company of Heaven is a masterful piece of incidental music, full of color with illuminating and dramatic support of the angelic texts. In celebration of the Feast of All Saints, Gloriæ Dei Cantores presented these masterpieces—visionary works painting pictures of heaven, angels, and God’s glory.