CG: St. Barts Hosts Summer Festival of Sacred Music 8/7

July 24, 2011 - by NYC News Desk


The 17th annual Summer Festival of Sacred Music continues on Sunday, August 7 at 11 am with a service contrasting sacred music from the 20th century German Roman Catholic tradition with works from the Russian Orthodox tradition.

The service will feature Missa Psalmodica by the 20th century German composer, Hermann Schroeder. Schroeder was a theorist, composer and organist. He taught music theory at the Cologne Musikhochschule for a large portion of his career and served various churches as organist, including Trier Cathedral. His sacred compositions are influenced by elements from the Middle Ages, particularly the use of Gregorian Chant modes and chant-like themes. These themes are harmonized using quartal and quintal harmonies reminiscent of Schroeder's contemporary, Paul Hindemith. Thus, Schroeder effectively utilizes elements of ancient music recast into a contemporary idiom.

The service will also include two works from the Russian Orthodox tradition, Tchaikovsky's "How blessed are they" and Rachmaninoff's "Ave Maria." St. Bartholomew's Choir will be conducted by Paolo Bordignon, Associate Director of Music and Organist.

The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place each Sunday morning at 11 am at St. Bart's during the summer months. At a time when most churches reduce their musical offerings, St. Bart's provides outstanding sacred music sung by St. Bartholomew's Choir and Boy and Girl Choristers, two of New York City's most renowned choirs. Works include an array of Mass settings from the 15th century to the present, embracing a diversity of cultures from around the world. The music will be sung as part of the 11 am service, a Choral Eucharist, the liturgical context for which it was composed. All Summer Festival events are free and open to the public.

The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place at St. Bart's, located at the corner of Park Avenue and 51st Street. Subway: 6 to 51st Street. For more information, call (212) 378-0222

EVENT: The Summer Festival of Sacred Music
DATE: Sunday, August 7, 2011, during the 11 am service
LOCATION: St. Bart's, 325 Park Ave at 51st Street (Midtown Manhattan)
NEAREST SUBWAY: #6 to 51st Street and Lexington or E Train to 53rd and Lexington
CONTACT: St. Bart's Central, 212-378-0222
DESCRIPTION: A Service of Sacred Music from Two Liturgical Traditions


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