It was encouraging to see so many supporters at Sunday’s concert marking the beginning of Advent, and to have the added pleasure of talking with audience members at the reception who had heard the choir for the first time that evening. Concerts are an effective way to reach out into the wider community, sharing with new listeners some of the rich liturgical repertoire we sing on a regular basis for the 7:30 pm Saturday Latin Vigil Mass at St. Stephen’s Church. We were grateful for your warm response on such a chilly November evening.
Concerts, however, are not the primary focus of Cantores in Ecclesia whose mission remains unchanged for over three decades: to preserve and promote Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony within the context of the liturgy. We are grateful to the pastor and members of St. Stephen’s for allowing us to offer the Saturday night Sung Latin Mass in their parish church, and to Fr. Buffington, Fr. Palladino and Fr. Bliven who so generously celebrate those liturgies throughout the year. Our shared portion of the weekly collection, however, does not meet the expenses for one evening, let alone a year; our financial stability depends on friends and benefactors, whose generosity underwrites the program of liturgical music you have come to appreciate and expect. Cantores in Ecclesia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are fully tax deductible.
Please continue to join us at St. Stephen’s whenever possible, and check our newsletter and www.cantoresinecclesia.org for upcoming schedules. Cantores in Ecclesia is composed of two choirs; if you haven’t had a recent opportunity to hear the children’s choir, I hope you soon will. We now have nearly forty boys and girls in our program. You may notice that many of their choir robes, purchased second-hand from a church nearly 25 years ago, are badly worn and need to be repaired one last time or replaced. If you would like to help us purchase new choir cassocks and surplices, please contact me.
On behalf of the choir and board members, I want to personally thank you for your prayers, your support and your friendship. May you have a merry Christmas and blessed New Year.
Blake Applegate, director
senior lecturer at King's College, London, died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage during the early morning hours of October 28, 2014. An academic who inspired many students to successful careers in the music profession, he also played a central role in church music as the Director of Music at St. Mary's, Bourne Street. Familiar to many in the greater Portland area for his valuable twelve-year contribution to the William Byrd Festival, David will be missed both professionally and personally; we have lost not only a consummate scholar and musician, but a delightful and dear friend.
DAVID TRENDELL, 50, dedicated choral director and
The Guardian, in noting his passing, observed that David “combined musicology with the highest standards of choir training, organ playing, record producing and teaching.” After a brief biography and list of his impressible achievements, the Telegraph added that “throughout his career Trendell had a far reaching influence on students and church musicians alike. He was a bright and engaging colleague, an immensely generous teacher, an exuberant raconteur, a true bon vivant and a selfless companion . . .” We count ourselves most fortunate to have been among those blessed by his influence.
CANTORES' MOST RECENT CD RELEASE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE:
GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA
MISSA BREVIS AND STABAT MATER
JACOBUS DE KERLE
MISSA REGINA CAELI
CANTORES IN ECCLESIA
Cantores in Ecclesia's most recent release (pictured above) brings together settings of the Latin Mass by two Renaissance composers. They were exact contemporaries, and both were famous in their own lifetime, although posterity has treated them quite differently. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94) is still a familiar name to modern singers, while Jacobus de Kerle (1531-91) has been all but forgotten. These two men were both dedicated to composing music for the Catholic Church in an era when its musical foundations (and the foundations of its very existence) were in peril. This was a time of sweeping reforms, debated for twenty arduous years during the Council of Trent. The goal was to strip off the excesses and corruptions of past centuries, returning to an atmosphere of simplicity, austerity, and holiness. Needless to say, this had vast implications for what was sung and played in church. Kerle and Palestrina were two composers who found themselves at the center of the fray. (Except taken from the CD booklet music notes, written by Dr. Kerry McCarthy.)
To read David Stabler's December, 2013 review of Cantores' CD, which was featured as a selection for the Oregonian's "Top Gifts for Music Lovers: A&E Gift Guide of 2013," please click HERE.
CDs ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE AT:
Or by calling 503-295-2811. Copies can also be purchased at the receptions directly following the 7:30 P.M. Saturday Vigil Masses at St. Stephen's.