Join Archbishop Cordileone for Solemn Vespers, a public lecture by on English early music and reception
By Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music & Divine Worship
November 7 · 4:30pm – November 10 · 7:30pm PST
Location St. Patrick’s Seminary & University
320 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA 94025
Join us at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park for an evening featuring Sung Vespers, A Scholar’s Talk followed by a reception with Archbishop Cordileone PLUS Prof. William P. Mahrt and Kerry McCarthy, a musician and author known for her work on the English Renaissance music.
November 7 is the opening day of an amazing 3-day conference organized by the Catholic Institute for Sacred Music celebrating the life and work of Stanford Prof. William P. Mahrt. While the conference is only open to those who register (for a fee), this opening night cosponsored by the Benedict XVI Institute is open to you, your friends, and all the public free of charge.
The gathering begins at 4:30 pm with sung Solemn Vespers celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone and accompanied by Prof. Bill Mahrt’s St. Anne’s Choir with an expanded group of singers from conference participants
At 5:45 the renowned musician and biographer Dr. Kerry McCarthy will teach us about “Low Style and High Style in Catholic England,” with new insights into early music.
Dr. McCarthy’s talk will be followed by a reception.
Kerry McCarthy is a musician and author known for her work on the English Renaissance. Her new biography of the composer Thomas Tallis, published with Oxford University Press, won the 2021 American Musicological Society award for early music book of the year. She is now working on her fourth book, an exploration of the lives of professional singers in Tudor England. Kerry discovered the delights of early music while in high school, joined Cantores in Ecclesia in 1994, and has been part of the Byrd Festival in Portland, Oregon since it began in 1998. She attended Reed College and Stanford University, and spent eleven years teaching music history at Duke University in North Carolina. She now lives in Portland, where she was born and raised.
Having devoted his life and scholarly activity to the study and praxis of the Roman rite and its music, the work of Dr. William Mahrt has become a touchstone for countless scholars and active church musicians. Professor Mahrt’s insights into the characteristics of Gregorian chant have elucidated the nature of the chant as integral to the sacred liturgy, and even explicated the nature of the sacred liturgy itself. His devoted direction of the St. Ann Choir and Stanford Early Music Singers remains a pillar in the practice of sacred music in the United States.