Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Composer's Music Celebrates Women in the Catholic Church -- as Priests", by Gail DeGeorge, NCR, "Ad Sum" by composer Rich Moriarty, performed at Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Nov. 22nd in Norfolk

A composer's dream of writing liturgical music to celebrate women as Catholic priests will be partly realized this weekend through a performance of his nine movement English-Latin liturgy.

..."Part of his dream will be realized in a special concert of two works by the former chief of pathology, who swapped a career in medicine for music a decade ago, earning both bachelors and masters degrees in composition at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va."
 "Adsum! A Mass Celebrating Women in the Church" premieres Sunday, Nov. 22 at Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Va. The nine movement English-Latin liturgy will be performed by the ODU Concert Choir, conducted by Nancy Klein, director of the university’s choral department, and Schola Cantorum of Virginia, under artistic director Agnes Mobley-Wynne, who will co-conduct.
The concert features acclaimed American mezzo-soprano, Robynne Redmon, who has appeared in leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera as well as throughout Europe. The concert also includes a performance of "We That Wait" poems written by women during the Civil War, set to music written by Moriarty. 

[Gail DeGeorge is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.]

  • WHAT: Women-War-Worship: Old Dominion University Department of Music presents two premier works by Richard Moriarty: Adsum! A Mass Celebrating Women in the Church and
  • We That Wait: Women’s Poems from the Civil War Era
  • Featuring mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon; ODU Concert Choirand Schola Cantorum of Virginia; conducted by Nancy Klein; Agnes Mobley-Wynn, co-conductor
  • WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 – 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, Virginia
  • DETAILS: Free admission and open to the public: Free will offering accepted

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