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April 25, 2022

Co-sponsored by: St. Benedict Institute, St. Paul's Catholic Center, St. Paul's Choir School, Lumen Christi, & Harvard Glee Club

The Harvard Glee Club performs the musical settings for this joyful Mass with soloists, baritone choir, and organ, composed in 1967.  Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly and Andrew Clark introduce the music with lecture and discussion about the history, structure, liturgical context, and musical significance of the piece.

The Harvard Glee Club, an ensemble of approximately sixty tenor and bass voices, is among America’s oldest collegiate choruses. Since its founding in 1858, the Glee Club has sought to cultivate and sustain the art of men’s choral music through regular concerts in Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, as well as performances on the road at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.

Andrew Clark, is the Director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard. He serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard–Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, and music theory in the Department of Music.

Thomas Forrest Kelly is Morton B. Knafel Research Professor of Music at Harvard, where he was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of his teaching and served as Chair of the Music Department.  An internationally recognized authority on medieval and early modern music, and on the performance of music in historical settings, he has lectured widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. Among numerous books and articles for both scholarly and general audiences: Capturing Music. The Story of Notation (Norton,2014); The Practice of Medieval Music (Ashgate Variorum, 2010); and First Nights: Five Musical Premieres, (Yale, 2000). Professor Kelly received his PhD from Harvard, as well as diplomas from the Schola Cantorum in Paris and the  Royal Academy of Music in London.

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