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Is This The Solution To Catholics' 'desperate' Musical Situation?

Rome, Italy, Mar 10, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of musicians and pastors from around the world have signed a document urging parishes and publishers should take care to develop the Church’s rich musical traditions, not discard them. They did so after outlining trends within the...

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St. Lucy’s Priory High School Chamber Singers Perform In The London International Choral Festival

Last month, St. Lucy’s Priory High School Chamber Singers traveled to London, England, to perform at the London International Choral Festival (LICF). The choral group received a formal invitation to the festival in 2015, and made the trip following a year of preparation. “I was so honored that...

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Sacred Music And … Jazz? One Composer's Response To Vatican II

Rome, Italy, Dec 7, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- For American composer J.J. Wright, the Second Vatican Council's call to inculturate the Church's ancient musical traditions into “mission territory” – while preserving its unity – is something he has adopted personally with one of his greatest passions:...

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How To Celebrate Christmas With Benedictine Nuns

Kansas City, Mo., Dec 4, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Christmas season approaches, the hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of carols with which to greet the newborn Christ. “Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly 'lift up...

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In New Musical, Disability Rights Activist Tackles Assisted Suicide

London, England, Nov 27, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- Physician-assisted suicide has been a subject of controversy for several years, but Liz Carr is taking the issue somewhere it has never been before: the musical theatre. Carr, a disabilities activist, comedian and actress, created a production...

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Watch The New Christmas Music Video Released By The Dominican Friars

Washington D.C., Nov 21, 2016 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If you are itching to welcome in the yuletide with Christmas carols, a new album released by the friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. might just be the holiday tune you’ve been searching for. From traditional...

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Are These Quite Possibly The World's Happiest Nuns?

Cali, Colombia, Jul 13, 2016 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Watch them sing, and you might be convinced of it. The Eucharistic Communicators of the Heavenly Father are a community of nuns from Colombia who have a great passion for music and an intense desire to announce God through the gifts he has...

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Madrigal Magic: The Briton Ensemble

A few Sundays ago, I made my way toward Altadena, north of Pasadena. The neighborhood is lovely: up against the mountains, up above the city, quiet. The homes were large, graceful and charmingly landscaped. When I arrived, a woman in a medieval wench costume with a gigantic bosom and a...

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The L.A. Phil And Arvo Pärt: Love For Every Note

I once spent a month at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula, California. At the time, the cabins had no electricity. We rose and slept by the sun, wrote on rickety manual typewriters and read by kerosene lamps. Three weeks in, steeped in solitude and silence, I finally turned on the...

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For One Young Catholic, Music Is An Apostolate Of Beauty

An up-and-coming Catholic musician in Michigan aims to expose listeners to God in the same way she did during her school years – through beauty found in “truly good” forms of art. “My desire with this music and this album is to reach anybody, anywhere and hopefully open their hearts to the...

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Faithful Departed To Be Memorialized At Cathedral Concert

The faithful departed, especially those who lost their lives during the recent tragic events in Paris, France, will be remembered and honored during the All Souls Evening Prayer Service and Concert at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22. Conducted by Frank Brownstead,...

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Misshapen Pearls

Starting Nov. 12, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will offer an enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series.“The series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and...

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Sistine Chapel Choir Releases Sacred Music Album Recorded In Its Chapel

As the first album ever to be recorded inside the Sistine Chapel is released, Archbishop Georg Ganswein said the sacred music featured is not something of the past, but continues to play a role in evangelization. “Sacred music has a past. It comes from the past, but it has a great future,”...

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What's It Like To Play For The Pope? Here's How One Catholic Artist Described It

Performing for Pope Francis at Saturday’s Festival of Families in Philadelphia was an answer to prayer for musician Marie Miller, but getting a personal thumbs-up from him surely helped confirm it. “Why did God want me to play when they could have picked somebody that was really popular like the...

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A Tremendously Strong Sense Of The Hereafter: Pianist Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was a Canadian pianist, best-known as an interpreter of Bach.In the documentary “Hereafter,” he makes an interesting and useful observation about freedom.He says, “I have often thought I’d like to try my hand at being a prisoner. ... I have never understood the...