Palm Sunday Concert at the Monastery, featuring Thomas Tallis

If you live in or near metro Atlanta, you won’t find a more aesthetically and spiritually uplifting way to begin Holy Week than this special event at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. I’m excited about the inclusion of Tallis’ Lamentations, but the entire program should be splendid.

Monastery of the Holy Spirit


A Concert of Sacred Classical Music

A Lenten Meditation for Passion Sunday
March 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm


The University of Georgia
Collegium Musicum &
Chamber Orchestra

Dr. Mitos Andaya, Conductor

Lamentations of Jeremiah I and II
Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Seven Last Words from the Cross
James MacMillan (b. 1959)

The Lamentations of Jeremiah are deeply emotional, polyphonic settings that are consider to be very personal compositions of Thomas Tallis. Tallis was Catholic, but as he served in the employ of four monarchs (Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I) he also composed works for the Anglican ritual. The Hebrew letters are set beautifully, the stanzas of the lessons are expressively. Both settings conclude with the exclamation, “Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum” a plea to Jerusalem to turn to the Lord.

Seven Last Words from the Cross is Scottish composer, James MacMillan’s first major choral masterpiece. Composed for mixed voices and strings, the words are set uniquely and most powerfully. MacMillan draws upon complementary texts including the Palm Sunday Exclamation, Good Friday Responses, as well as Catholic ceremony and plainchant and combines a variety of compositional styles to provide the opportunity for reflection and meditation, and yet communicate directly to the heart of the listener.

The Concert also includes some short instrumental pieces.
Free general admission • Doors open at 3:30pm • Free-Will offering is accepted
The Abbey Store will be open before the concert
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Monastery of the Holy Spirit • 2625 Hwy 212 SW • Conyers, GA
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