International Institute for Culture


December 3, 2017    12:45 PM       
"Gregorian Chant and the Spirit of Liturgical Prayer" is the third lecture in our Sunday series. 
Gregorian chant is just one of many styles of plainsong that emerged in the first millennium Church. In this session we will explore how this repertory achieved its central place in the Western liturgical tradition as well as the universal influence this music has had on succeeding forms and genres. Finally, the discussion will conclude with a reflection on the spiritual orientation of this kind of sung prayer as compared with later repertories. 
Dr. Timothy McDonnell joined the faculty of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in the fall of 2016, succeeding Leo Nestor as Director of Choral Studies and Head of the Institute of Sacred Music. Before coming to The Catholic University of America, he served as the Director of Choral Activities and Chairman of the Department of Music at Ave Maria University in Florida where he led the Ave Maria University Choir and the Ave Maria University Chamber Choir. Under McDonnell’s direction, the University ensembles won enthusiastic recognition and critical acclaim for their self-produced concerts as well as their collaborations with the Naples Philharmonic and the Southwest Florida Symphony in works including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and numerous other masterworks. Dr. McDonnell engaged university choirs in creative community service, leading students and professional collaborators in two benefit concerts to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. 
Maestro McDonnell holds degrees from Yale University and the University of South Carolina. 
There will be a brunch and the lecture following the 11:30 mass at Our Lady of Lourdes. Brunch will begin at approximately 12:45 with the lecture beginning at 2.  
The suggested donation for the brunch and lecture is $15 per person and $35 per family. 
Babysitting will be available for children 10 and under for $1 per child. 

Individual: $15/each
Family: $35/each

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