Experience the Arts at the Church of Saint Monica

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Music at Monica’s Concert Series

Welcome to another season of music and arts here at The Church of Saint Monica. The Mission of the Music at Monica’s Series is one of musical outreach to the community – an ecumenical time to welcome all to our parish; to support outreach efforts of the parish; to support specific charitable endeavors as may be designated for specific concerts; and to provide a free or low-cost cultural option to the greater community. In that spirit, please know that all are welcome here. This series is completely supported by the “Friends of Music” and requires no financial support from the Parish. Please consider making a donation to continue the excellence in programming and outreach.

MISSION

  • The mission of the Music at Monica’s Series is one of musical outreach to the community – an ecumenical time to welcome all to our parish.
  • Music at Monica’s exists to support outreach efforts of the Church of Saint Monica, and to support specific charitable endeavors as may be designated for specific concerts.
  • Music at Monica’s exists to provide a free or low-cost cultural option to the greater community.

PHILOSOPHY
Music at Monica’s is intended to foster an atmosphere of “soft sell” evangelization. For centuries, the Church has played an important role in the cultivation and promotion of musical and artistic endeavors. Blessed John Paul, in his Letter to Artists, speaks of the epiphanies of beauty through which God speaks to human hearts, and how the arts are a medium of revelation in the world. Simply put, God speaks through beauty and music.

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Mark your calendar for our season opening event!

12 October at 3 p.m.
Soprano Ellie Dehn of the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala and baritone Markus Beam of Rome Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin
present a program of sacred gems, opera favorites, and musical theater classics not to be missed, accompanied by renowned collaborative pianist Jeffrey Uhlig.
Composers will include Mozart, Handel, Schubert, Puccini and other favorites.

2 November at 3 p.m.
The Pyxis Piano Quartet (piano, violin, viola, cello) returns to the series to present a concert of classical masterworks.

 14 December at 3 p.m.
The Choir of Saint Monica Parish presents Lessons and Carols for Advent.

The Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, which originated at King’s College, Cambridge, England, in 1934,
was composed by Dean Eric Milner-White (who, nine years earlier, had also been responsible for the more widely known
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve).
Based on Milner-White’s model, Advent Services of Lessons and Carols have been offered throughout Christendom for over seven decades.
The choral music of this liturgy is offered in the same way that the architecture and stained glass of this Church are offered.
It is finely wrought music that the musicians offer to God on behalf of the people of God.
Let the prayer and praise of the choirs become your own as you approach the presence of Almighty God.

4 January at 3 p.m.
Christmas with the Keystone State Boychoir

24-25 January
Under the director of Dr. Tony Leach, the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers of Penn State University will sing at the 5 p.m. Saturday anticipated Mass and the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass.
The weekend culminates with a concert of spirituals and gospel music on Sunday at 3 p.m.

8 February at 3 p.m.
A festive concert with the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Majestic music for brass with musicians Anthony Prisk, trumpet; Jeffrey Lang, Associate Principal Horn; Nitzan Haroz, Principal Trombone, with Jeffrey Uhlig at the piano.
A special invent concert not to be missed!

19 April at 3 p.m.
The Princeton Singers

Past Events:

October 2013
An Afternoon at the Opera with Jeffrey Uhlig and Friends
Sydney Mancasola, soprano   William Davenport, tenor   Dominic Inferrera, baritone   Jeffrey Uhlig, piano
An Afternoon at the Opera Concert Program October 2013

November 2013
Internationally-acclaimed Russian Concert Pianist
Svetlana Smolina with cellist Adrian Daurov
Svetlana Smolina & Adrian Daurov Concert Program November 2013

December 2013
A Child’s Christmas in Wales with the Princeton Singers
A Child’s Christmas with the Princeton Singers Program December 2013

February 2014
Philadelphia Orchestra Concert Master David Kim, violin with Jeffrey Uhlig, piano
Sponsored by the Great Valley Racquet Club, Michael and Catherine Cappelletti: In Memory of Alan D. Ameche
David Kim, violin & Jeffrey Uhlig, piano Program February 2014

March 2014
The Pyxis Piano Quartet
The Pyxis Piano Quartet, Meredith Amado, violin; Amy Leonard, viola; Jie Jin, cello; Hiroko Yamazaki, piano;
return for a performance of works by Beethoven, Lutosławski and Chausson.
The Pyxis Piano Quartet, Program March 2014

April 2014
The American Boychoir
The world-renowned American Boychoir returns to the Music at Monica’s series on the Sunday after Easter to present a varied program of choral works.
The American Boychoir, April 2014

May 2014
The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers of Penn State University
By popular demand, we close the season with a program of spirituals and gospel music as we welcome the
Essence of Joy Alumni Singers of Penn State University under the direction of Dr. Tony Leach.
Essence of Joy, May 2014