An unusual combination of Gregorian Chant and music on an historic organ will take place at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Shelburne on Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm.
The Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola, in Residence at Saint Michael’s College, under the direction of Dr. William Tortolano, will sing the ancient music of Gregorian Chant. The Schola’s repertoire will include “Mass of the Angels,” the “Easter Sequence,” “The Magnificat,” and “Marian Anthems.” The 18-voice men’s choir will also sing the American liturgical rounds, “How Firm A Foundation,” “The King of Love and Jerusalem,” and “My Happy Home.”
The organ is a historic Jacques Orgues, 1940, and was the organ of the famous Joseph Bonnet (organist at St. Eustache, Paris) when he lived at St. Benoit du Lac Monastery, Quebec, 1940–1944. The organ was transferred to St. Catherine Church by Father Rosaire Morency.
An internationally known expert in Gregorian Chant, Dr. Tortolano directs the Gregorian Chant Institute at Saint Edmund’s Retreat in Mystic, Conn. He has authored two books in this musical genre: “Beginning Studies in Gregorian Chant” and “A Gregorian Chant Handbook.”
Tortolano is a 50-year Professor Emeritus and College Organist Emeritus at Saint Michael’s College, a former Visiting Fellow at Kings College and Trinity College, Cambridge University, England, as well as recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University.
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, conferred upon Dr. Tortolano, the Pontifical Honor, Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in recognition of service to the Burlington Diocese and the Church.
The concert is open to the public. Afree-will offering will be available.