“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
The new Basilica Concert Series will be kicking off on October 12th, 2018 with the First Annual Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano Memorial Concert entitled, “Guided By Our Lady: A musical reflection of the church year through the chants of Our Lady.”
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