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Dec
15
Fri
Sacred: Choral Music from a World of Traditions and Faiths
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm

In nearly every world tradition and faith, singing and music play an important role. Music in the sacred tradition can be intimate and reflective, celebratory and exuberant, mysterious, and even challenging. Its role is to communicate something timeless.

On December 15 and 17, CGOA’s Voci Choir will explore sacred music from many faiths and in many languages, including choral works from the Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Native American and Hindu traditions. According to Voci director Mark Steighner, there is a common thread that connects all the music. “Sacred music reminds us that we are part of something much larger and more important than ourselves. There are many names for this, but the transcendent experience is always part of it.”

In addition to Renaissance music, arrangements of shape note hymns, Buddhist mantras, Native American chants and Sufi poetry, the concert will include the world premiere of “Wanderer, There is No Path,” written for the choir by Steighner and commissioned by a CGOA supporter. “I couldn’t be happier that the patron chose the Machado poem for the text of the new piece,” Steighner said. “It fits the theme of the concert perfectly.”

Steighner says that in addition to the music, he has invited representatives of many faiths to give short introductory talks about the texts and traditions of the music. “The context of the music is important, and knowing what ideas they represent.”

Dec
17
Sun
Sacred: Choral Music from a World of Traditions and Faiths
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm

In nearly every world tradition and faith, singing and music play an important role. Music in the sacred tradition can be intimate and reflective, celebratory and exuberant, mysterious, and even challenging. Its role is to communicate something timeless.

On December 15 and 17, CGOA’s Voci Choir will explore sacred music from many faiths and in many languages, including choral works from the Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Native American and Hindu traditions. According to Voci director Mark Steighner, there is a common thread that connects all the music. “Sacred music reminds us that we are part of something much larger and more important than ourselves. There are many names for this, but the transcendent experience is always part of it.”

In addition to Renaissance music, arrangements of shape note hymns, Buddhist mantras, Native American chants and Sufi poetry, the concert will include the world premiere of “Wanderer, There is No Path,” written for the choir by Steighner and commissioned by a CGOA supporter. “I couldn’t be happier that the patron chose the Machado poem for the text of the new piece,” Steighner said. “It fits the theme of the concert perfectly.”

Steighner says that in addition to the music, he has invited representatives of many faiths to give short introductory talks about the texts and traditions of the music. “The context of the music is important, and knowing what ideas they represent.”