Gloriae Dei Cantores, an internationally acclaimed choir from Massachusetts whose members dedicate themselves to preserving and authentically interpreting great choral music since the 11th century, will tour in September, giving performances in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.
When in residence, the 40-voice choir sings Choral Evensong and Sunday Eucharist at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, where it also presents an annual series of choral masterworks. The church is located at the Community of Jesus, an ecumenical abbey in the Benedictine tradition on the shores of Cape Cod Bay.
The choir will perform on September 21 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Virginia; September 25 at First United Methodist church in Morristown, Tennessee; September 27 at the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, North Carolina; and September 30 at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a lecture one hour earlier. On September 22 at 10 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church in Lynchburg will be the site of a Gregorian Chant workshop. Local contact information for all events is available here.
Founded in 1988, Gloriae Dei Cantores has reached audiences in 23 countries in Europe, Asia and North America.
"The ‘Singers to the Glory of God' are urged to make the text their own, to live it and breathe it as they sing it," said Elizabeth C. Patterson, the choir's director and conductor. "The result is a sound of not only technical excellence, but of a quality of life and hope that is made possible by their faith and common commitment."
American sacred songs
The choir's new CD released last month is "Kaleidoscope: America's Faith in Song" that includes both new and previously released material, including a fresh arrangement of Amazing Grace, with violin and cello; classical works by Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland and foundational, Southern hymns arranged by Alice Parker and others.
The 57-minute CD also features anthems by Jean Berger ("The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee"); Randal Thompson ("The Best of Rooms"); and Leo Sowerby ("Come, Holy Ghost"); William Bolcom's jazzy, organ arrangement of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"; and a new instrumental setting of "Let Us Break Bread Together" with the Gabriel V Brass Quintet.
"E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come," Paul Manz's benediction anthem which has been a favorite concert encore of the choir, is recorded for the first time. Program notes provide the story behind each piece of music. "Kaleidoscope: America's Faith in Song "($16.95) is distributed by Paraclete Press, P.O. Box 1568, Orleans, MA 02653, http://www.paracletepress.com/.