Summer Festival of Sacred Music Continues At St. Barts


The 17th annual Summer Festival of Sacred Music continues on Sunday, August 14 at 11 am with a service featuring repertoire by Tomàs Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) in his 400th anniversary year.

St. Bartholomew's Choir will present repertoire from the Spanish high Renaissance, celebrating its greatest master, Victoria, with his resplendent Missa "O Quam Gloriosum" ("O how glorious"), as well as the motet that inspired it (of the same name), and his motet "Vidi Speciosam" ("I beheld her, beautiful as a dove").

Despite his Italian training and the international renown he enjoyed, Victoria's heart remained close to the Catholicism of his native Spain and his entire output consists of sacred vocal music. For many listeners, the mystical intensity and direct emotional appeal of his style embody the passion and fervor of Spain in its musicAl Golden age.

The "O Quam Gloriosum" Mass and motet, and "Vidi Speciosam" find the composer at the height of his expressive powers, depicting texts rich with imagery of the heavenly kingdom ("O how glorious") and of the beloved in the Song of Solomon ("I saw a spirit... clothed in fragrance of exceeding beauty").

St. Bartholomew's Choir will be conducted by Paolo Bordignon, Associate Director of Music and Organist.

The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place each Sunday morning at 11 am at St. Bart's during the summer months. At a time when most churches reduce their musical offerings, St. Bart's provides outstanding sacred music sung by St. Bartholomew's Choir and Boy and Girl Choristers, two of New York City's most renowned choirs. Works include an array of Mass settings from the 15th century to the present, embracing a diversity of cultures from around the world. The music will be sung as part of the 11 am service, a Choral Eucharist, the liturgical context for which it was composed. All Summer Festival events are free and open to the public.

The Summer Festival of Sacred Music takes place at St. Bart's, located at the corner of Park Avenue and 51st Street. Subway: 6 to 51st Street. For more information, call (212) 378-0222 or visit our website for the complete schedule.

EVENT: The Summer Festival of Sacred Music
DATE: Sunday, August 14, 2011, during the 11 am service
LOCATION: St. Bart's, 325 Park Ave at 51st Street (Midtown Manhattan)
NEAREST SUBWAY: #6 to 51st Street and Lexington or E Train to 53rd and Lexington
CONTACT: St. Bart's Central, 212-378-0222
DESCRIPTION: A Service featuring Spanish choral music by Victoria in his 400th Anniversary year