The Catholic University of America

 Concerts Spirituels

Midday Music and Devotion at The Catholic University of America

September 8, October 20, November 10, December 1

Caldwell Auditorium, 1:00p.m.

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Be transported.

 

Throughout the centuries, the music of religious devotion has provided peace to the restless, joy to the sorrowful, and hope to the despairing.  This year at The Catholic University of America, a new concert series begins: the Concerts Spirituels, monthly performances of music honoring liturgical feasts, seasons, and monthly devotions.   Come, hear, and be transported by these beautiful sonorities, drawn from the rich treasury of centuries past and performed by world-class musicians.

 

All performances take place in Caldwell Auditorium at 1:00p.m. (immediately following midday Mass).

 

Friday, September 8

Nascente Maria: Gregorian Chant and Seventeenth-century Motets for the Nativity of Mary

Rachel Barnham and Missy Curl, sopranos

Mark Janello, harpsichord

John Moran, viola da gamba

 

Friday, October 20

Rosa das rosas: Music for the Rosary

Alkemie Early Music Ensemble (featuring CUA alumna Tracy Cowart)

 

Don’t miss this special performance by the internationally renowned early music ensemble Alkemie. Rosa das rosas explores the rich tapestry of Marian music from medieval Spain. The members of Alkemie play and sing beautiful melodies, intricate polyphony, and boisterous dances in honor of the Virgin Mary.

 

Friday, November 10

A Month of Remembrance: Gregorian Chant and Motets for All Souls

Rachel Barnham and Missy Curl, sopranos

Mark Janello, harpsichord

John Moran, viola da gamba

 

Friday, December 1

The Jesse Tree: Music for Advent

Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music (featuring CUA alumna Crossley Hawn)

 

Eya—a highly acclaimed ensemble specializing in medieval music—explores fascinating and thoughtful interpretations of Isaiah's prophecy in a program ranging from the monasteries of 13th-century England, to the visionary songs of Hildegard von Bingen, to the grand splendor of Notre Dame Cathedral.