The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception’s concert series continues well and May will feature two concerts, May 1 and May 15. These will end the spring 2022 Season, “Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica.”
On May 1, the Rocky Mountain Chamber Singers under the Direction of Ann S. Bunyan, will sing a program of unaccompanied choral works in a concert entitled, “A Concert of Thanks and Praise.” This concert will be the final concert by the current conductor of 20 years for the RMCS. A new director, based in Loveland, will lead the ensemble in upcoming concerts. This is the group’s third concert in the basilica.
On May 15, the Vittoria Ensemble will close the season with a concert entitled “In Toto Corde Meo,” (With All My Heart), under the direction of David McNeil. The Vittoria Ensemble specializes in Roman Polyphonic choral music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This ensemble chooses to perform both their December and May concerts in the Cathedral, in order to share the music of the church in such a magnificent setting as the cathedral is.
When asked about the impact and purpose of the “Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica,” Phil Bordeleau, the Music Director at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, points out that the idea of a venue for Sacred Music Concerts is rightly in a place of worship. “The choirs, organists, singers, and instrumentalists who come to the Cathedral present music intended to be heard in a beautiful, worshipful environment,” he told the Denver Catholic. “Additionally, the concerts are open to the public without regard to an ability to pay. Anyone can come hear extraordinary music in an extraordinary place of beauty and feel moved. The free-will offering collected is shared with the performers. Audiences have come from great distances and performers have travelled the globe, literally to take part in this unique experience. From the members of a retirement home who regularly attend, to curious high school-aged listeners, we strive to bring the beauty of sacred music making to all people no matter their walk in life.”
All are welcome and encouraged to join in appreciating such fine music! For more information, see the flyers below.