The Humanities Project Events for December 2008
The Schola Cantorum of Rochester, New York, will present two concerts of Russian liturgical music that parallels the icon exhibition. The Schola, which includes Eastman School of Music faculty and students as well as musicians from the Rochester community, was founded by Stephen Kennedy to provide a service in which art and liturgy are seamlessly interwoven. Since its inception in 1997, the Schola has performed the Office of Compline every Sunday evening from October through April, under Kennedy's direction, at Christ Church Episcopal Church in downtown Rochester. Specializing in music of the Baroque and Renaissance, the ensemble has been featured in various festivals and concert series, including the annual Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival and the Rochester Early Music Festival. The ensemble is also devoted to new music, and it has commissioned, premiered and recorded works by a growing list of composers. Its debut album on Gothic Records in 2004 has been described as "a joy to listen to . . . wonderfully balanced with perfect pacing," and has garnered considerable critical acclaim.