by Daniel Hathaway
Emerging from a dispiriting silence of twenty months, Quire Cleveland raised its eighteen voices in bright music written in honor of the Virgin Mary on Saturday evening, December 4. The third and last performance of its program “Mary’s Song” took place in the impressive, marble-columned nave and resonant acoustic of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on Cleveland’s West Side.
“Mary’s Song” refers to the Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”), sung by the soon-to-be mother of Jesus in response to the message the angel Gabriel delivered to her in the Gospel according to Luke. The text has been set countless times by composers in all eras, largely because the Magnificat is one of the invariable texts in the daily service of Vespers, as well as its Anglican relative, Choral Evensong. [Read more…]