Caritas Chamber Chorale – Spring Benefit Concerts
Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville, NJ; St. Paul’s Church, Princeton, NJ; St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake, NJ
Caritas Chamber Chorale will present a series of concerts of sacred music for the benefit of Adorno Fathers’ African Mission, entitled Grace Abides. In the quest to recognize and welcome grace, this a cappella program centers on the holy act of worship. The luminous Palestrina Missa Brevis, complemented by choral works by more modern composers such as Bruckner and Arnesen, opens for us a pathway to grace.
The Missa Brevis forms the framework for the program, with each movement followed by a contemporary choral piece. The pairing of the ancient texts and music with modern words and tonalities is intended to inspire a unique awareness of the depth of grace found in prayer and music combined – no matter the era. Completing the program, Caritas Composer in Residence, Wayne Dietterick’s new arrangement of Amazing Grace allows us to recognize grace, not only in our worship, but all around us.
Dr. Mark A. Boyle serves as collaborator and guest conductor for these concerts. Boyle is Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA and has been a presenter for several Caritas choir retreats. He is also an active tenor, poet, and composer, whose works are regularly performed.
The concert will be presented:
• Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ
• Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ
• Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3 pm at St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake, NJ.
A freewill offering – in its entirety – will benefit the Gianni Diurni Primary School, run by the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.
Caritas Chamber Chorale is dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor through the art of sacred music. Since its founding in 2005, Caritas Chamber Chorale has sung for the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in DRC, Africa, and to date has raised over $124,000 for them. The African Mission’s Gianni Diurni School educates children 3 to 11, who might otherwise not have access to education.
Caritas Chamber Chorale, directed by Barbara Sanderman, is comprised of talented volunteer singers from all walks of life from throughout central NJ. For more information please visit www.caritaschamberchorale.org or call 732.718.0775.