Rhythms for reflection

Rhythms for reflection

by Camille Diola on September 19, 2011 - 10:54 am

Kultura moves minds and hearts in Marian serenade

It was, indeed, a characteristic serenade, with the object of affection–a woman–taking center stage. As the three choral ensembles based in the University projected their soulful singing from the loft, the audiences directed their visual attention to the image of the Blessed Virgin and the altar of the Stella Orientis Oratory as scenes of her life with Jesus Christ in artistic rendition flashed before them.

The audiences directed their attention to the altar while the choirs sang from the loft.

It would at first seem to be a rather avant-garde setup for a musical performance. But more than staging another musical event, UA&P Kultura intended Mater Omnium: A Marian Serenade last September 9 to be an occasion for contemplation of the Divine through Sacred Music – a genre “composed for the celebration of divine worship,” as cited in a program reference.

The UA&P Chorale led by Mr. Danilo Monte, Jr., the all-female Stella Orientis Choir conducted by Ms. Abigail de Leon, and AmberJive! of male members with Mr. Robert Cortes all sang to Mr. Ferdinand Bautista’s organ playing polyphonic antiphons and hymns dedicated to Mary.

Composed of students, alumni and friends of the University, each of the choirs performed f0ur pieces leading to the culminating “Mary Crowned with Living Light” by Alejandro Consolacion II which they passionately rendered tutti, or in chorus.

Texts from the Holy Rosary, the first published work of Saint Josémaria Escriva, were also recited in between the songs, creating moments of reflection for the audiences who sat in quiet ruminations on the life of our Lady and the person of Jesus. Music truly “has the power to elevate the human spirit towards what is sublime,” as stated in Kultura’s printed material.

The performers who lined up along the stairway of the Oratory at the end of the show were met with applause and congratulatory greetings from the audiences. #

Photo (left) by Camille Rellosa, I CAS

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