“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” -Ephesians 5:18b-19
When & Where:
Friday April 12, 2019, 7:00PM at the Baltimore Basilica, Free Admission
Featuring Musicians from:
St. Omer Wind Orchestra
An original and varied repertoire to commemorate the long historical ties through the Jesuits and honour the relationship with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Saint-Omer County.
The Orchestre d’Harmonie de Saint-Omer, from Northern France, is now composed of about seventy members, both amateur and professional musicians, mostly coming from the local music academy. As the “Town band”, it takes an important part in the local cultural life by playing in formal ceremonies or in more festive events and by offering concerts.
The Orchestra is also constantly engaged in a reflection to renew its repertoire. It has participated in many creations, worked in connection with “current musical styles”, accompanied famous soloists and took part in many music contests.
Among its numerous accomplishments, the Orchestra was rewarded the first prize of the jury and of the audience at the Wind Music Composition competition “Coups de Vents” (2015, 2018), and won the Gold Medal of the International Competition of orchestras in Kerkrade (Netherlands) “Harmony 1” section (2017). Internationally, it performed in several countries and was invited to play at the Chiayi Music Festival and four other concerts in Taiwan (2016).
When & Where:
Friday March 8, 2019, 7:30PM at the Baltimore Basilica, Free Admission
Featuring Musicians from:
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of a Confessor, featuring the famous Laudate Dominum: Rheinberger’s Stabat Mater; Arvo Part’s Credo; Vivaldi’s Sonata al Santo Sepolcro; and other works.
As Rector of the Basilica, Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano believed and took great delight in the extreme beauty of sacred music inside America’s First Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For this reason, it is our desire at the Basilica to perform one concert each year, when we come together as an Archdiocesan community of faith, specifically to honor Monsignor Art by celebrating the uniquely transformative power of sacred music at the Baltimore Basilica he held so dear.
An Annual Music Ministry Concert
At this first annual concert at the Basilica of the Assumption on October 12th at 7:00 PM you are invited to join in song, to reflect, and to be inspired by the voices of the resident Baltimore Basilica Chorus. During “Guided by Our Lady: A Musical Reflection on the Church Year through the Chants of Our Lady,” the Music Ministry will examine the church year and offer yearlong inspiration using Marian classics as a structure along the way. This concert also will feature premieres of new works commissioned specifically for the Basilica by our resident organist and composer Edwin S. Kim.
The Msgr. Arthur F. Valenzano Music Ministry Fund
Upon Monsignor Art’s passing, a fund was established in the Catholic Community Foundation, The Msgr. Arthur F. Valenzano Music Ministry Fund. We are inviting your sponsorship support of the concert to provide funds for The Msgr. Arthur F. Valenzano Music Ministry Fund in memory of Monsignor Art and his vision for music at the Basilica.
Please join our entire Basilica community as we come together to celebrate our faith, our music, and Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano on October 12th.
The Baltimore Basilica Chorus is a semi-professional group of singers that meets each week to enrich worship at the Basilica. The Baltimore Basilica Chorus has a commitment to not only the highest level of musicianship but also to hospitality to the community. Filled with volunteers and professionals, it is the explicit mission of the Chorus to support the efforts of evangelization and worship at the Basilica through extreme beauty of music and attitude.
Edwin Sungpil Kim