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SACRED MUSIC DIVISION

Formed in partnership with the St. Paul’s Choir School, the Harvard Catholic Forum’s Sacred Music Division invites participants into a deeper engagement with the soaring beauty of a long and rich musical tradition.   Our programs integrate the experience, understanding, and performance of sacred music into the music’s grounding and purpose - in spirituality, theology, devotion and liturgy.

Co-presented with the St. Paul’s Choir School

THE MISERERE (PSALM 51) IN PRAYER AND MUSIC

Thursday, March 7

4:30 PM ET Lecture

Dr. Matthew Hall


5:30 PM ET Music

Music by the Boys Choir of St. Paul’s and Soloists, dir. Richard Webster


St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge MA and Livestreamed

Psalm 51 is a profound prayer and meditation on repentance, conversion, and divine forgiveness. Dr. Matthew Hall explores the text of the psalm, its theological and spiritual vision, and its expression through music in works of Allegri, Josquin, and Byrd. This music then will be sung by the Saint Paul’s Boys Choir and soloists.

Co-Sponsored by the Nova Forum

Co-presented with the St. Paul’s Choir School

WORKSHOP: BACH’S ST. MATTHEW PASSION

WITH MICHAEL MARISSEN

Saturday, March 23

10:00 AM – 12 Noon ET

St. Paul’s Campus, Cambridge MA

Michael Marissen

Swarthmore College

Co-Sponsored by Emmanuel Music

Michael Marissen, renowned authority on the music and spiritual vision of J.S. Bach, explores the text, musical rhetoric, theological framework, liturgical context, historical setting, and spiritual vision of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Lecture with recorded music, study of the text (to be handed out), and Q&A. Refreshments and lunch provided.

Co-presented with the St. Paul’s Choir School

HONORING THE VIRGIN MARY IN PRAYER AND MUSIC

Thursday, April 25

4:30 PM ET Lecture

Elizabeth Lyon Hall

COLLIS/Cornell University

 5:30 PM ET Music

Music by the Saint Paul’s Boys Choir and soloists, dir. Richard Webster


St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge MA, and Livestreamed

Reception to follow in DiGiovanni Hall of the St. Paul’s campus

Join us for a feast of music in honor of the Virgin Mary by William Byrd (1540-1623), sung by the Saint Paul’s Boys Choir, preceded by Dr. Lyon’s lecture with Q&A exploring the role of Mary in Christian devotion and the expression of Marian themes in Byrd’s music. Reception to follow in DiGiovanni Hall of the St. Paul’s campus.

Co-Presented by the St. Paul’s Choir School

MENDELSSOHN’S ST. PAUL, A PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE AND DISCUSSION:

THE BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MENDELSSOHN’S APOSTOLIC DRAMA

Saturday, May 11

5:30 - 6:30 PM ET Lecture

St. Paul’s Harvard Square Campus, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

Fr. Peter Grover OMV 

St. John’s Seminary

8 PM ET Performance

Sanders Theater, Cambridge MA

The Harvard Chorus with professional orchestra and soloists, directed by Edward Jones, part of the Harvard Arts First Festival.

The Biblical scholar Fr. Peter Grover explores the Scriptural foundations of the apostle Paul, the central figure in Mendelssohn’s oratorio. Followed by the concert at Harvard University at 8PM.

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HARVARD CATHOLIC SCHOLA AT ST. PAUL'S

Offered in collaboration with the Harvard Catholic Center

Learn and sing repertoire from the Catholic tradition of sacred music, including chant, polyphony, and traditional hymnody, while supporting the regular choir for the 5pm Student Mass on Sundays at St. Paul’s/ Harvard Square during the academic year.

 

For undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, from Harvard and other area universities or conservatories, drawn to Catholic music ministry.

PREVIOUS SACRED MUSIC EVENTS

Other past events:

MANUSCRIPTS FOR PRAYER AND MUSIC IN HOUGHTON LIBRARY | THOMAS FORREST KELLY

VERDI'S REQUIEM: PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE AND DISCUSSION | THOMAS FORREST KELLY

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