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EDITOR'S PICK: SACRED MUSIC IN A SACRED SPACE

By Joseph Romero

NEW YORK, 11 FEBRUARY 2008 - For those who can tear themselves away from the drama of the Clinton - Obama presidential race, three a cappella masterpieces will be presented on Wednesday evening 13 February at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Now in its nineteenth season, and blessed with splendid acoustics and the Mander pipe organ (1993), the sometimes confidential, but chic concert series at the Park Avenue Jesuit church offers a broad range of organ repertoire and sacred works, from Renaissance masses and oratorio masterworks to premieres by living composers.

Wednesday evening's program at 8:00 pm:

Alessandro Striggio (c. 1536/1537 - 1592) : Ecce Beatam Lucem

Little known today, Alessandro Striggio was an Italian lutenist, composer and diplomat of noble birth from Mantua who worked as the principal composer at the court of Cosimo I de' Medici, Duke of Florence from 1560 to 1574. Striggio's polychoral Renaissance motet for forty voices Ecce Beatam Lucem belongs to Striggio's Florentine period and was the inspiration for Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium .

Alberto Ginastera (1916 - 1983): The Lamentations of Jeremiah (1946)

Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera's dramatic three-part Lamentations of Jeremiah portrays the sorrow and grief over the fall of Jerusalem: O vos omnes, Ego vir videns and Recordare, Domine.

Alfred Schnittke (1934 - 1989) : Concerto for Choir

The Russian Jewish composer Alfred Schnittke's 1984/85 setting of words from The Book of Lamentations by the Armenian monk Grigor Narekatsi (951-1003) owes its inspiration to the Russian liturgical tradition and its use of the basso profundi . Entitled Concerto for Choir, the work is rarely heard and another reason why this concert is a welcome change from the usual Bach to Mahler fare at the major concert venues in New York.

The Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola was founded in 1851 and entrusted to the Jesuits in 1866.

Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Concert Hot Line Tel: (1) 212 288 25 20

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space Concert Series Web Site

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