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Let Freedom Ring!

Tuesday, July 2, 6:00 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans

Celebratory Dinner on the Lawn
Americana Pops Concert
Premium Seating for Rock Harbor Fireworks Display
Limited Seating | 508-240-2400

Veterans Day Concert

with Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Orchestra
November 8 & 9, 2024
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

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Recent Events

GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES LENTEN CONCERT

Thou Hearest Me!
Works By Byrd, Palestrina, Pärt & Ešenvalds

Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9, 2024, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Arts & Entertainment Lecture

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time
Building Bridges through Music
Saturday, January 13, 2024, 3:30 PM
Presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

Dr. Samuel Adler is one of the greatest living composers and conductors of our time. A legendary risk-taker with over 400 published works – he taught for sixty-three years at Juilliard, and Eastman, and has given masterclasses and workshops at over 300 universities world-wide. His recent album, sung by world-renowned Gloriae Dei Cantores won The American Prize, and he has received numerous awards including ASCAP’s “Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement Award.”

He presents “95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time” and shares his amazing life experiences and brilliant musicianship at the Premiere Season of the NEW Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series. At age ten Samuel Adler narrowly escaped Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass.” At age ninety-five, he continues to compose and speak, sharing his prolific musical gifts.

Annual Carol Sing

December 23, 2023
Performing Arts Building
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

Celebrate the joy of Christmas with our annual festive Carol Sing at the newly completed “state-of-the-art” Performing Arts Building (95 Southern Eagle Cartway) in Brewster, MA. Bring the whole family to hear stunning carols performed by ensembles of Arts Empowering Life, and join in on favorites like Angels we have heard on high, Joy to the World, and Go Tell it on the Mountain!

For more information, call 508-240-2400

Handel’s Messiah, Christmas Portion

December 15 & 16, 2023, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gloriæ Dei Cantores invites you to hear Handel’s Messiah, the Christmas portion, performed under the baton of Richard K. Pugsley with orchestra and internationally acclaimed guest soloists. Composed in less than twenty-four days, this is perhaps the most enduring choral work of all time and shares the Light of the World during the darkest time of the year. In this rendition, hear some of the rarely performed—and some the very original—variations of movements that Handel wrote for this oratorio including “Rejoice Greatly,” “He Shall Feed his flock,“ and “Come unto Him.” The concert will be performed at the Church of the Transfiguration, “an architectural wonder” (Cape Cod Travel Guide) filled with fresco, mosaic, stone carving, bronze and glass work by local and international artists depicting the story of Salvation. Tickets are FREE for students and youth under 18 and under.

Tickets: 508-240-2400

SERVICE OF ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS

Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2, 2023, 4:30 PM

Experience the hope of the season with candle-lit services of Advent Lessons and Carols, a beloved tradition for over thirty years. Hear readings, prayers, and carols sung by Gloriæ Dei Cantores at the Church of the Transfiguration. All are welcome — no tickets required. The service will also be livestreamed on Saturday, Dec. 2.

For more information, call 508-240-2400.

Watch the Livestream Here

Gloriæ Dei Cantores Auditions for Handel’s Messiah Christmas Portion

Saturday, October 14, 12-3 PM

Gloriae Dei Cantores is holding auditions for the Christmas portion of Messiah to be sung December 15 & 16.

Auditions will be held on Saturday October 14 at the Performing Arts Center in Brewster (95 Southern Eagle Cartway) from 12-3 PM, with rehearsals beginning on Tuesday evening, October 17, from 7-9 PM

If you would like to audition, please prepare a solo of any type, as well as the Christmas portion chorus parts appropriate to your voice. An accompanist will be provided for you.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Tingley at paul [at] artsempoweringlife [dot] org.

Transfiguration Concerts

August 4 & 5, 7:30 PM
Church of the Transfiguration

Join us for a Summer Celebratory Concert of stunning classical favorites in the amazing acoustic of the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans. Under the baton of Richard K. Pugsley, the world renowned choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores with brass ensemble, orchestra, and guest soloist, offer a glorious program including John Rutter’s “Gloria,” “All things Bright and Beautiful,” and “For the Beauty of the Earth,” Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate,” Elgar’s “Nimrod from Enigma Variations,” Karl Jenkin’s “Benedictus” from “The Armed Man” and Holst’s “Two Psalms” for choir and orchestra. The church is “an architectural wonder” (Cape Cod Travel Guide) filled with fresco, mosaic, glass work and sculpture by local and international artists. Make this concert a resplendent highlight of your summer! Tickets are selling now. As always, tickets are free for students and youth.

Independence Day Service

A Sacred Recollection: Revival of the Revolutionary Heart
A Service of Remembrance, Prayer, and Praise

July 4, 2023, 7:30 PM
Celebrate the 4th of July at a service honoring Independence Day with reflections on God’s guiding hand over America’s founding and history, and music by Gloriæ Dei Cantores and other ensembles of Arts Empowering Life at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans.
No Tickets Required.

GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES ASCENSION CONCERT

May 19 & 20, 2023, 7:30 PM
Also livestreamed on May 20
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Be transported by “expert renditions of Gregorian chant” (NY Times), and celebratory works by Britten, Brahms, Finzi, Gabrieli, Mozart, Purcell, and Vaughan Williams, accompanied by handbells, brass ensemble, and the surround sound St. Cecilia Organ.

Gregorian Chant Retreat

April 27 – May 1, 2023
Community of Jesus, Orleans, MA

Experience the Gregorian chants of the Easter season. Participate in singing the Liturgy of the Hours at the Church of the Transfiguration, a basilican-style church filled with frescoes, mosaics, glasswork, stone carvings, and other works of art by local and international artists. Surrounded by beauty, retreatants will study together and enjoy opportunities for refreshment at this monastery that overlooks Cape Cod Bay. Chant basics and history will be offered, and all meals and accommodations are included.

GLORIÆ DEI CANTORES LENTEN CONCERT

March 25, 2023
In-Person and Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Gloriæ Dei Cantores in Concert: Renaissance Masters

February 11, 2023, 3:30 PM
In-Person and Livestreamed
Church of the Transfiguration
Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA

Be immersed in the sacred sounds of the Renaissance from masters including Palestrina, des Prez, and Taverner.

Tickets: 508-240-2400 or Purchase online here
FREE tickets for students and youth 18 & under.

Epiphany Evensong

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m

Join Gloriæ Dei Cantores and members of the Gaudete Baroque Ensemble for a special Epiphany Choral Evensong at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, featuring J. S. Bach’s cantata, Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36. The service will be both in-person and livestreamed. No tickets are required.

For more information, call 508-240-2400.

WATCH HERE

Carol Sing with ensembles of Arts Empowering Life

Friday, December 23, 3:00 p.m

Celebrate the joy of Christmas with a festive Carol Sing at the newly completed “state-of-the-art” Performing Arts Building (95 Southern Eagle Cartway) in Brewster, MA on December 23 at 3:00 p.m.—FREE for all ages! Bring the whole family to hear stunning carols by world-renowned Gloriæ Dei Cantores, the Wind Ensemble, Chara Percussion, brass, and join in on favorite carols like Angels we have heard on highJoy to the World, and Go Tell it on the Mountain. Refreshments for all!

For more information, call 508-240-2400

Services of Advent Lessons & Carols

Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26, 2022, 4:30 p.m.
Service was also livestreamed on Saturday, Nov. 26

Gloriæ Dei Cantores celebrated the hope of the season with candle-lit services of Advent Lessons and Carols with readings, prayers, and carols at the Church of the Transfiguration—a beloved tradition for over thirty years. The service was also livestreamed with an extended Organ prelude.

WATCH LIVESTREAM

VETERANS’ DAY CONCERT: SACRED HONOR

November 11 & 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Also Livestreamed Saturday, Nov. 12

Arts Empowering Life presented “Sacred Honor” featuring John Rutter’s Gloria and Gerald Finzi’s Requiem da Camera in commemoration of Veterans Day. Performed by Gloriæ Dei Cantores with orchestra and brass ensemble, and the Wind Ensemble at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, this concert honored the lives of Veterans and paid respect to warriors throughout the ages who have answered the call of sacrifice. The concert benefited the Wounded Warrior Project and offered free admission for Veterans.

 

Gloriæ Dei Cantores in Concert:
Honoring St. Michael & All Angels

Friday, September 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate St. Michael & the great host of angels who aid us on earth as messengers, protectors, guardians, and helpers, portrayed through the music of Gabrieli, Tchaikovsky, Harris, Howells, and Britten. The concert will be both in-person and livestreamed from the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA.

God & Country Concert

Saturday, July 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed a concert titled God & Country, on July 4th weekend, in-person and livestreamed from the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA. The concert featured works by American composers including Copland, Thomson, Parker, Wilhousky, Adler, and Ives. It was a joyful celebration of the sacred sounds of America with music that has lofted through rafters across the country since its founding, and continues to bring comfort and strength to its people today.

Pentecost Choral Evensong

Saturday, June 4, 5:15 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang Pentecost Choral Evensong in-person and livestreamed from the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans. The choir sang Jubliate Deo, Palestrina; Preces & Responses—Westminster Abbey, Buonemani; Collegium Magdalenæ Oxoniense Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, Leighton; The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune, by R. V. Williams.

CLICK HERE to watch Pentecost Choral Evensong Livestream

Ascension Choral Evensong

Saturday, May 28, 5:15 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores sang Ascension Choral Evensong at the Church of the Transfiguration. The service was in-person and livestreamed. The choir sang O Rex Gloriæ, Marenzio; Zion Manuscript Preces & Responses, Hale; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, Ešenvalds; Faire is the Heaven, Harris.

CLICK HERE to watch Ascension Choral Evensong Livestream

Handel’s Messiah

April 15 & 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
April 17, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Gloriæ Dei Cantores presented Handel’s Messiah, Parts II & III at the Church of the Transfiguration. The work was performed in three parts over three days—the first half of Part II on Good Friday, April 15, all of Part II on Holy Saturday, April 16, and Part III on Easter Sunday, April 17. These concerts were the culmination of Arts Empowering Life’s Lenten Concert Series that was both public & livestreamed.

INFORMATION

Lenten Concerts (In-Person & Livestreamed)

Members of Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed choral chamber concerts at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA on March 5, 12, 26 & April 2, 2022. The concerts included works by Tallis, Casals, Copland, Ešenvalds, Rubbra, Bairstow, Liszt, Palestrina, Poulenc, Byrd, Lassus, Bruckner, Pärt, and Parker. These concerts are part of Arts Empowering Life’s ongoing Lenten Concert Series that are both in-person & livestreamed.