MTSM Welcomes Pasi Opus 29 at Organ Blessing and Dedication10.10.23
On Sunday, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology (MTSM) celebrated the blessing and dedication of its new pipe organ, Pasi Opus 29, in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great. MTSM President/Rector The Very Rev. Anthony R. Brausch presided over the celebration, which also included Solemn Vespers and a Choral Concert.
“For me, it was a privilege to make such beautiful music on Sunday,” Dr. Mary Catherine Levri, Director of Music at MTSM said. “I could tell that the musicians enjoyed it and the feedback from the people in attendance, they enjoyed it as well.”
The evening was years in the making, as the work of planning, designing, fundraising, building, shipping, building again and the final voicing of the organ, completed last week by the organ builder Martin Pasi, culminated in Sunday’s event. Along with The Athenaeum Chorale, The Athenaeum Chorale Chamber Orchestra and The Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola, MTSM welcomed Dr. Michael Unger from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as the Guest Organist.
“It is said that a symphony orchestra is a symbol of civilization because you have all these different sounds and instruments coming together to create one unified sound,” Dr. Levri noted. “A pipe organ takes that to a different, higher level with all the different facets, parts, pipes and sounds that are all brought together into a unity that symbolizes the world.”
To view the event program, which includes special letters from The Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnuur, Archbishop of Cincinnati, Fr. Brausch and Dr. Levri, click here. For more on upcoming Sacred Music Institute events, including MTSM’s Pasi Opus 29 Dedication Concert on Sunday, November 12, click here.
To see photos from the evening, see below.