Tallis in Atlanta

Guess where I'll be tomorrow afternoon?At the "Labor of Love" Choral Concert, featuring music by Vaughan Williams, Wagner, Brahms, and — the pièce de résistance — Thomas Tallis' 40-part motet, Spem in Alium. According to the website promoting the concert, this motet has never been performed in Georgia before (it's not easy to put together a chorus of forty voices, I would imagine). What promises to make this concert particularly special: the choir will be surrounding the audience, meaning that … [Read more...]

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 presentsA Concert of Sacred Classical Music A Lenten Meditation for Passion Sunday March 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm featuring The University of Georgia Collegium Musicum & Chamber … [Read more...]

The Contemplative Fantasia

Last night I posted a video to one of my favorite Contemporary Christian songs, "Speak to Me" by Rebecca St. James. But you know, if you want contemplative music, it doesn't get much better than this:In 1986 I saw the National Symphony perform Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at the Wolftrap Performing Arts Center, a gorgeous outdoor amphitheater located in the rolling hills of Virginia not far from Washington DC. It was 16 of the loveliest minutes of my life. While … [Read more...]