[Sarasota, FL – February 6, 2014] Musica Sacra Cantorum, Sarasota’s Sacred Choral Ensemble, presents Some enChanted Evening on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4 pm, St. Boniface Episcopal Church (5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242.)
From a wide variety of chant from cultures across the globe, artistic director Robert Parrish has assembled a program with traditional chant from Early Christianity, Judaism, Russian and Greek Orthodoxy. There are also chant-inspired works by popular choral composers Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, John Tavener, and Maurice Durufle.
Musica Sacra Cantorum will investigate not only original chants from the cultures listed above, but choral works that have either been based on traditional chant tunes, or have been composed based on the structure and feel of chant. This program of all-faith’s sacred music investigates chant and chant-inspired works of all types, eras and belief systems in an immersive experience.
Two guest musical collaborators will be joining Musica Sacra Cantorum for this unusual concert experience: singer, recording artist and world music specialist Stephanie Heidemann; and Mary Mozelle, distinguished concert organist, harpsichordist and recording artist.
Tickets purchased in advance are $15 Advance online/phone purchase at www.musicasacracantorum.org or call 941.405.7322. Tickets are $20 At the door on the day of performance.
A Word from Artistic Director, Dr. Robert Parrish
Chant. The very word elicits pictures. For many, that picture is of robed monks, kneeling, deep in thoughtful prayer. But, that’s just the Western world’s take on merely one type of chant. Nearly every belief structure has its own version of intoning the word, by whatever name it is known and for whatever purpose it serves. In addition, chant has influenced many composers and we will perform chant influenced works by von Bingen, Duruflé, Tavener, Gjeilo, Lauridsen, and others.
What we know today as song, has its root in the ancient tradition of chant. In fact, chant is the basis for the Western music tradition of sung music. Yet, this is but one element of chant, for not all chant is based in Western practices. Nearly every religious structure has its own way of chanting scripture. Hinduism, Islamicism, and Buddhism all have musical methods of expressing their beliefs. Judaism has its, and Christianity has multiple forms.
Stephanie Heidemann, Vocalist and World Music Specialist
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Heidemann’s international upbringing in South America, Australia and Europe greatly influenced her career and entry into the dimension of world music.
For seven years, Heidemann toured nationally with the robust World Music a cappella quartet, “VIDA,” receiving further attention in Billboard Magazine for their Eastern European and South African harmonies. They recorded two albums-”VIDA” and “In Bloom” and their original piece “Famine Song” (In Bloom) is being sung by choirs around the globe.
Heidemann collaborated with percussionist Julian Douglas for 14 years as The Resonance Project, utilizing the most basic and emotive instruments, the voice and drum, as their instruments. The Resonance Project drew from indigenous, folk & mystical traditions from Spain, India, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Fusion Jazz with an emphasis on music as a personal-transformative, creative experience.
Since 2009, The Resonance Project has been collaborating with inventor/artist David Gittens writing and recording music soundtracks for his films, which have since been included in the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival. They have toured around the U.S. and collaborated on albums with Sufi-Alternative rock band, Hudost.
Stephanie’s passion lives in arranging & performing Early Spanish music, Devotional & Sacred Chant & African-influenced folk music. She has received national attention for her CD “The Cantiga Project,” a tribute of 13th century Spanish devotionals to Saint Mary called “Cantigas de Santa Maria”. The project was highlighted on NPR’s All Songs Considered and the multimedia publishing company, Sounds True, Inc has included tracks from The Cantiga Project in a worldwide distributed CD Compilation Songs of Mary.
Mary Mozelle, Concert Organist and Harpsichordist
As a solo recitalist Mary Mozelle has appeared throughout the United States and in the cathedrals of Great Britain including, most recently, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and served in many distinctive churches including The National Presbyterian Church in Washington DC, St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago, IL and Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
Ms. Mozelle has appeared with many different orchestras including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Conductors for whom she has performed include Slatkin, Rostropovich, Robert Shaw and Christopher Hogwood.
Ms. Mozelle is widely recognized for her creation and performance of “The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ” a narrated, musical program that is both entertaining and educational. She studied at the University of Chicago, Chicago Musical College and West Virginia University, where she received a Master of Music degree in both Organ and Harpsichord Performance. Her specialization in the organ works of Daniel E. Gawthrop led to a world premier recording at Princeton University Chapel on the MSR Classics label that has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show “Pipe Dreams”.
About Musica Sacra Cantorum
Musica Sacra Cantorum travels to Britain in July 2014 to serve as choir-in-residence at Lichfield Cathedral. This will be the first time a choir from Sarasota has been chosen to serve in this important capacity at a British cathedral.
Musica Sacra Cantorum is dedicated exclusively to the performance and promotion of sacred choral music. It is the only ensemble of its kind in Southwest Florida, as it is not affiliated with any religious institution, denomination, or philosophy. Sacred texts have been the basis of the greatest choral works ever written, by the foremost composers in history. These include Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bloch, Durufle, Elgar, Faure, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Verdi, Vaughn Williams, even Puccini! Each has left a legacy of great choral music inspired by sacred texts.
Artistic Director, Dr. Robert Parrish
Dr. Parrish enjoyed a thirty-one year career at The College of New Jersey, where for twenty-one of those years Dr. Parrish was Artistic Director of its Opera Theatre and was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Music upon his retirement . During this time he was also affiliated with Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey where it was his great fortune to work with Albert Ludecke, cathedral organist and choirmaster, and to serve as conductor for festival services and concerts.
Outside of the academic community, Dr. Parrish has had an active conducting career in regional opera houses and concert halls. He continues his active conducting schedule to this day.
The Concert Program
The Judaic Tradition
Cantillation – traditional
Shir Ha-Shirim – Yehudi Wyner (b. 1929)
Lamentations of Jeremiah – Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)
O rubor sanguinis – Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)
O Virtus Sapientiae – Cheryl Lynn Helm (b. 1957) based on a plainchant by Hildegard von Bingen
Missa de Angelis – plainsong
Mass for the Parishes – Francois Couperin (1668 – 1733)
The Mystic East
A Call to Prayer – Karl Jenkins
A Buddhist miniature – John Tavener (1944 – 2013)
Russian and Greek Orthodoxy
The Beatitudes Russian Chant/ arr. Richard Proulx (1937 – 2010)
Funeral Ikos – John Tavener
Song for Athene – John Tavener
Ubi caritas – Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
Ubi caritas II: Through Infinite Ages – Ola Gjeilo
O nata lux (from Lux Aeterna)- Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
Quatre motets – Maurice Durufle (1902 – 1986)