Services of Advent Lessons & Carols
November 30 & December 1, 2018, 4:30pm
Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang candlelit Services of Advent Lessons and Carols that opened the season of Advent—a beloved tradition for over 30 years. The services included carols, scripture readings, prayers, and traditional songs of the season.
Immortal Babe, Who in thine own way, Campbell
Joys Seven, Cleobury
My Lord has come, Todd
The Christ-Child, Jackson
Go tell it on the mountain, Rutter
Song of the Shepherd’s, Roth
The Shepherds Carol, Chilcott
In the Bleak Midwinter, Esenvalds
Adam Lay Ybounden, Skempton
Now we may singen, McDowall Awake, Awake! Campkin
Concerts in Florence, Italy
November 1-12, 2018
Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang concerts in Florence, Italy at San Miniato al Monte and Orsanmichele as part of an international ecumenical project, Florence and the Idea of Jerusalem.
About the Project:
Florence and the Idea of Jerusalem is an academic international ecumenical project coordinated by Msgr. Timothy Verdon, Director of the Florence Cathedral Foundation Museum and Art Historian in the Stanford University Florence Program, together with Prof. Alexei Lidov, a Byzantinist of Moscow State University, with the participation of the Community of Jesus, a Ecumenical monastic family based in the USA and in Italy, and of the Ars et Fides Association of the Catholic Archdiocese of Florence, of the Diocesan Office for Sacred Art (Florence) and of the Theological Faculty of Central Italy. The initiative, which is part of the millennial celebrations for the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte (1018-2018), is supported by Fieldstead and Company, of Irvine, California.
The project has four components: an academic conference in which Italian, European and Russian scholars will take part, as well as representatives of Florence’s Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish communities; an exhibit of works by the Catholic artist Filippo Rossi and the Protestant Susan Kanaga; concerts of sacred music performed by the Gloriae Dei Cantores (USA); and free visits to the city’s ‘Jerusalem’ sites (the Rucellai chapel at San Pancrazio, San Minato al Monte, etc.), conducted by the volunteer guides of Ars et Fides Firenze.
Gloriæ Dei Cantores Concert
Celebrating thirty years of choral artistry, the internationally acclaimed Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed Passio, written by the world’s most widely-performed 20th Century composer, Arvo Pärt. Regarded as a choral icon, this work is contemplative in style and inspired by some of the earliest monophonic settings of Saint John’s Passion. Passio remains one of his most popular works today.
“…the piece steadily unfolds the familiar tapestry of ancient suffering at the heart of Christian identity.”—The Guardian
When Pärt left Estonia for Austria in 1980, he took with him initial sketches for his Saint John’s Passion narrative, which, two years later would become the culmination of his tintinnabuli compositions. The structure of the work is solely based on the text, “which glows with uncanny radiance at the heart of the music.” (Gramophone)
Under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley, Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed this modern-day choral masterpiece, joined by guest soloists, Colin Balzer (Tenor) and Andrew Nolen (Bass) at the magnificent basilican style Church of the Transfiguration, filled with frescoes, mosaics, and other works of art.
Gloriæ Dei Cantores Concert
Under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley, Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed sacred choral works by two modern composers, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Arvo Pärt. These two highly sought-after composers brilliantly weave ancient melodies and musical styles with modern interpretations, creating masterpieces that are a kaleidoscope of powerful colors, rich text, and core-deep emotions that are accessible to all.
The following works were performed at this concert:
- Salve Regina, Arvo Pärt
- Berliner Messe, Arvo Pärt
- Peace Be Upon You, O Jerusalem, Arvo Pärt
- Trinity Te Deum, Ēriks Ešenvalds
- Psalm 67, Ēriks Ešenvalds
- In Paradisum, Ēriks Ešenvalds