June 6, 2017
Members of the Saint Vincent Camerata will travel to Bergamo, Italy, on June 21 for a joint concert performance with two choirs from the city of Bergamo.
Both Italian choirs are directed by Rev. Ugo Patti, priest of the Diocese of Bergamo and a friend and colleague of Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., assistant professor of music at Saint Vincent College and director of the Camerata.
The concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, in the Cathedral of Saint Alessandro. The three choirs will perform the Messe Solennelle for mixed chorus and two organs by Louis Vierne, as well as works by Card. Domenico Bartolucci, whose centennial of birth (1917-2017) is being celebrated widely in Italy. Each choir will also perform works individually. “Also performing will be the renowned Italian organist, Giancarlo Parodi,” commented Fr. Stephen.
“The Camerata will also sing at liturgies in other churches in the region, when we visit the city of Verona, and the area around the lake of Iseo – all in the Lombardy region just south of the Italian Alps” Fr. Stephen added. “While in Bergamo we will participate in a Gregorian chant workshop held by Alberto Turco, a leading author, conductor and scholar of Gregorian chant.”
The 19 members of the Camerata traveling to Italy include three Saint Vincent College students, Mary Vanden Berk of Latrobe, a junior music performance major with a sacred music concentration; Theresa Vanden Berk of Latrobe, a freshman biology major; and Kayla Uveges of Cresson, who just graduated from Saint Vincent with a bachelor of arts degree in biology and who has received a fellowship in microbiology research at the University of Toledo.
Two SVC Camerata alumni (2012), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Sarah (Wesolowski) Anderson of Columbus, Ohio, will also be on the trip.
Two Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey will also be performing with the group including Br. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., and Br. David Klecker, O.S.B.
Other area residents traveling on the choral trip include Margie Barish, Bobbi Borgo, Mike Simoncelli and Jean Pistentis, all of Greensburg, Kelly Doman of Indiana, and Paul Fox of Latrobe.
The group leaves Pittsburgh on June 21 and returns on June 29. In addition to their performances, they will attend the world-famous summer opera house “L’Arena” in Verona for a performance of Verdi’s “Aida.”
“This will be the Camerata’s second trip to northern Italy after visiting the city of Lodi in 2011,” Fr. Stephen recalled. “For the students on the trip it will be their first experience abroad. For them, and for all on the trip, traveling as a performing ensemble provides for a very special kind of cultural and personal experience. We get to interact with the other choir members and audiences, where we are usually welcomed as active participants in their culture.” The Camerata will reside at diocesan seminary in the center of a historic part of the “Cittá Alta” of Bergamo.
Later in the summer, the Camerata will be performing a Renaissance Nuptial Mass, first sung on November 23, 1579, at a wedding in Augsburg, Bavaria. The Camerata has performances scheduled for its 2017-2018 season including Bach Cantatas and Arias performed with Chatham Baroque at St. Bernard’s Church, Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Saint Vincent Basilica; their 4th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Saint Vincent Basilica, with Christine Mazza, harp, Chaz Bowers, organ, Christina Andrae, flute, and Matthew McCarthy, violin; on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, a special free admission concert in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King with guest conductor Dr. Anthony Leach of Penn State University, will be performed by the Camerata and the PSU chorus ‘Essence of Joy’ at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Saint Vincent Basilica. The season will close with Renaissance and Contemporary a cappella choral works of Palestrina and Arvo Pärt at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Saint Vincent Basilica and at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at St. Paul’s Church, Butler.
Further details about any of the performances is available by contacting the Camerata office at 724-805-2579.
Photo: Saint Vincent Camerata performs in Saint Vincent Basilica.
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