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'Spirituality and Music' Final Presentation in Series on Aging April 16

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Posted: Thursday Apr 4, 2013

April 4, 2013

Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education will present “Spirituality and Music” by Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., as the third and final speaker in the sixth edition of its lecture series on Aging and Spirituality.

Fr. Stephen, assistant professor in the Music Department of Saint Vincent College in the School of Humanities and Fine Arts, will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

A Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Fr. Stephen has been the director of the Saint Vincent Camerata, a mixed choir of 45 members, since 2008. In 2011 he formed the Camerata Scholars, a 16-member a cappella choir. Both choirs are devoted to the study and performance of Sacred Choral music in liturgies and concert.

Under his direction the Camerata has performed two major programs a year, presenting the classic masterpieces of sacred music for choir and orchestra, regularly teaming up with the Academy Chamber Orchestra. Since the Fall of 2008 they have performed the Cantata n. 140 and the Magnificat of Bach, the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, the Solemn Vespers for a Confessor and the Coronation Mass of Mozart, Schubert’s Mass in G, the Lord Nelson Mass of Haydn, the Requiem of Fauré, the Chichester Psalms of Bernstein, Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten, and many other sacred choral works. The Camerata has begun presenting its programs in the historic Catholic churches of the area having sung at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside in December 2012 and at Saint Bernard's, Mt. Lebanon in March of 2013.

The Saint Vincent Camerata Scholars also perform two major programs per year and has recorded a CD of the music of Palestrina. Their repertoire spans the centuries of Western music, from Gregorian Chant to contemporary. They too have taken their programs on the road, performing at St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh in November 2012, as well as in Ligonier (2011, 2012) and in Patton, Pa. in February 2013.

Persons of all ages are welcome to attend and share in the discussion and questions.

Parking for the physically challenged is available at the Fred M. Rogers Center. All participants may park in Parking Area A and enter the Rogers Center at the first floor entrance.

Reservations are not required. For additional information, phone 724 805-2522.

A member of the Saint Vincent College faculty since 2008, Fr. Stephen is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied piano (BM) and music theory (MM). He went on to complete advanced degrees in Organ and in Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.


Photo: Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B. 


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