On May 21st the All Saints Choir will present a program of music by two of the finest composers of the Renaissance: Tomás Luis de Victoria and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM.
Conductor Harry Christophers has re-christened Victoria “God’s composer,” while many Roman Catholics (including numerous popes and theologians) consider Palestrina the greatest composer of liturgical music of all time. Both composers have left the Church with a legacy that reminds us what the hackneyed word “awesome” really means. As a church choir, we feel blessed to engage such wonder-ful compositions.
We will be singing about 30 minutes of music by each composer. Works by Victoria will include O Magnum Mysterium, two of his haunting Tenebrae Responsories, and O Quam Gloriosum.
The Palestrina compositions will include Scapulis suis, Sicut cervus, Super flumina Babylonis, and four movements from his Missa Brevis. (At the 10:30 Eucharist service on May 18th, portions of this mass setting will also be sung by the choir during the Offertory and Communion.)
Admission is free; donations to support our parish music program will be gratefully accepted. The concert will be followed by a light reception.