MTSM Announces 2023-24 Music & Liturgy Series09.07.23
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology (MTSM) is excited to announce its Sacred Music Institute (SMI) schedule for 2023-24. Along with many of the traditional and favorite events, there are multiple events on the calendar for 2023-24 in relation to MTSM’s new organ, Pasi Opus 29. All Music & Liturgy series events at MTSM are free and open to the public.
The first week of October will serve as ‘organ week’ as MTSM will welcome Dr. Kevin Vogt, Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Kansas and Director of Music at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish in Leawood, Kansas to give the 2023 Fall Lecture on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Bartlett Center on the MTSM campus. Dr. Vogt’s lecture is entitled ‘The Embodiment of Harmony: A Theology of the Organ in Catholic Worship’.
Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. will feature a once-in-a-lifetime event at MTSM as the Pasi Opus 29 organ will be blessed and dedicated with the Archbishop of Cincinnati The Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr as celebrant. The evening will feature Dr. Michael Unger, Associate Professor of Keyboard (Organ and Harpsichord) at the University of Cincinnati as the guest organist. There will also be Solemn Vespers and a Choral Concert, featuring the Athenaeum Chorale, Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola and Athenaeum Chorale Chamber Orchestra.
The celebration of the Pasi Opus 29 organ will continue into November, when MTSM will host a Dedication Concert on Sunday, November 12 at 7 p.m. inside the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great. The SMI will welcome Dr. Kola Owolabi, Professor of the Organ at the University of Notre Dame, for a concert that will feature works by Bach, Kerell, Correa de Arauxo, Weckmann, Alain, Laurin and Eben.
The events for 2023 will wrap up with the traditional First Vespers for the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great, which will feature performances by the Athenaeum Chorale and Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola.
2024 will begin with a special Faculty Organ Recital on Sunday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great, with MTSM Director of Music Dr. Mary Catherine Levri performing on the Opus 29 organ. Dr. Levri’s performance will include works from Scheidemann, Bruhns, Bach, Alain, and Duruflé.
The final SMI event will take place on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great with the Solemn Passiontide Vespers, with a concert of sacred music. The evening will feature the Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola.
For more information on all the events this academic year and the Sacred Music Institute at MTSM, please click here.