Friday, September 6, 2013

Liturgy Conference in USA

October 13–15, 2013

The Church Music Association of America
in collaboration with
the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, the Church of Saint Agnes,
the Cathedral of Saint Paul, and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

The Church Music Association of America will hold a conference exploring renewal movements within the Church’s liturgy and sacred music on October 13–15, 2013, at the Church of Saint Agnes and Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The conference marks the 40th anniversary of the residence of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, founded by Msgr. Richard J. Schuler, at the Church of Saint Agnes in Saint Paul.

The conference seeks to explore, through critical analysis, former and present efforts to revive the Church’s sacred liturgy and music, particularly as exemplified by Msgr. Schuler’s work. Questions central to the conference theme include:

– Which efforts have resulted in a true restoration of the Church’s liturgy and sacred music?
– Upon which principles has authentic liturgical and musical renewal operated in the past?
– Which reform actions have had deleterious effects on sacred music and the liturgy?

The conference will include the celebration of vespers (featuring Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore) and Missae Cantatae at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Church of Saint Agnes, featuring an orchestral Mass (Paukenmesse by Franz Joseph Haydn), classical works for organ, chanted Gregorian propers, and a modern polyphonic setting of the Mass ordinary (Messe Salve Regina by Yves Castagnet).

The keynote addresses to be delivered are:

- Dr. William Mahrt (Stanford) – “The Treasury of Sacred Music at Saint Agnes: From Chant to Mozart”
- Dom Alcuin Reid (Monastère Saint-Benoît in the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France) – “The New Liturgical Movement after the Pontificate of Benedict XVI”
- Jeffrey Tucker (The Wanderer and Sacred Music) -“Chant as Free Culture: The Legacy of Msgr. Schuler’s Revolutionary Resistance”


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