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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

HONORING THE VIRGIN MARY IN PRAYER AND MUSIC

Thursday, April 25

Elizabeth Lyon Hall

COLLIS/Cornell University

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

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

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.

Co-sponsored by COLLIS Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

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

WORKSHOP: BACH’S ST. MATTHEW PASSION

WITH MICHAEL MARISSEN

Saturday, March 23

DiGiovanni Hall, St. Paul’s Campus

Michael Marissen

Swarthmore College

Co-Sponsored by Emmanuel Music and the Ratzinger Memorial Society

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

THE MISERERE (PSALM 51) IN PRAYER AND MUSIC

Thursday, March 7

Lecture - Dr. Matthew Hall


Music - Music by the Boys' Choir of St. Paul's and the Ferris Choral Fellows of Harvard University, 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

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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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