Eternal Light…A Concert in Remembrance of All Souls

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Lenten Choral Meditations – Sunday, March 27th at 3pm – Old Mission Santa Barbara. The Choir of St. Barbara Parish, under the direction of Mr. Roy Spicer, will present its annual Lenten offering featuring music of Byrd, Tallis, Stanford and more.  Join us for an afternoon of musical meditations. Freewill offering will be taken which benefits the choir.

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My Spirit Sang All Day by Gerald Finzi

Concert: 10/12/2010. St. Ignatius Church, Rome.

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O Nata Luz by Morten Lauridsen

Concert video: St. Ignatius Church, Nov. 12, 2010, Rome.

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The choir arrived at St. Ignatius Church around 7pm for rehearsal before the concert at 9pm. The choir rehearsed for an hour and a half with a half hour of rest and vesting before the concert. The concert began promptly at 9pm to a church filled with approx. 200 attendees. The concert went extremely well (see pictures and repertoire below) and received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert. It truly was the high point of the tour for all. The acoustics of St. Ignatius are incredible! Every piece was sung with beauty and precision.

After the concert, the choir walked to the bus and shuttled back to the hotel where some went for dinner and drinks to a local Pizzeria and others headed to bed in preparation of their 6:30am departure for Fiumicino Airport on Sunday.

A wonderful tour. Thanks to so many who helped us get to where we needed to be and all those who have supported us along the way! See you soon at the Mission on Sunday!

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Rome – Day 4: Concert!!!!

Saturday. Final day. The day is at leisure for the entire group. Some are shopping, some are sleeping, which means NO WAKE UP CALLS! Today is a day for everyone to do their last minute shopping and touring. Tonight, the group will arrive at the church tonight for a rehearsal in the Basilica of St. Ignatius at 7pm. Concert will be at 9pm. Updates to come. Wish us luck!

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Rome: Day 3 – Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica

Friday. After our usual early morning wake-up call, breakfast in the hotel, the choir loaded the bus for a tour of the three Major Basilicas of Rome. First, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls; second, St. John Lateran, and third, St. Mary Major. The morning of touring ended at Ancient Rome, on foot. The choir was unleashed at 1:30pm for lunch and rest and to prepare before attending the 5pm Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s Basilica in which the choir would be the principal choir. It was quite an experience getting everyone to the Basilica since we were informed that we’d need to go through security. Normally, with this tour company, access is gained through a side entrance but for some unknown circumstance we were instructed otherwise, with ROBE, with SURPLICE, with MUSIC. Not exactly a calm arrival. Upon arriving at the square the line was at least an hour wait to clear security. Our guide, Elisabeth, was wonderful. She moved us right to the front – pushed our group though, by-passing the long line and we were all through security within 15 minutes. WHEW~ Formal photos of the group and choir were taken and we proceeded to the choir stalls where we prepared and settled in before Mass began. Before the pre-Mass prayers began (something that the Vatican does before all evening liturgies) Roy and Fr. Daniel were greeted personally by Cardinal Comastri who is the Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica. Such an honor for them to be greeted by him and receive his best wishes.

The Mass began promptly at 5pm. The choir sang the following:
Entrance: Cantate Domino (Hassler)
Offertory: The Lord Is My Light (Hallock)
Communion: O Nata Lux (Lauridsen)
Recessional: Exsultate Justi (Viadana)

Fr. Daniel, concelebrated the Mass along with two other priests of the Vatican. Immediately following the Mass, Cardinal Comastri gave gifts to the singers for their singing at the liturgy. A very moving experience for all. (Photos to come)

Following the liturgy, the choir walked to a champagne reception held in their honor at the offices of Courtial International, the international land operator who works in conjunction with Peter’s Way (USA). Many of the choir members were able to relax here and finally unwind and celebrate their fine singing in the Basilica. For most, this was a first time experience and hopefully not their last. Truly an awesome experience for all.

The choirs Farewell Dinner at Benito Restaurant was just a short bus ride away where we were greeted with music, food and WINE!

Tomorrow? No wake-up cal. The day is at leisure. YAY! Then, formal concert at St. Ignatius Church at 9pm.

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