Tuesday, March 31, 2015

No Easter Break For Us

Sorry, but our traditional post-Easter rehearsal break is not happening this year, so please be there next Tuesday, April 7 at 7 PM so we can start rehearsing the Red Mass.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Some More Frivolity

HT: Sandy. Giving new ideas to Kathy.

13 bizarre, perplexing and distressing performance directions (ClassicFM.com)

One example:

What hath Ken Burns wrought?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Apr. 5: Easter Sunday

4 PM at the Cathedral. Novus Ordo this year.

Introit: Resurrexi

Kyrie: Missa IV Toni (Victoria)

Gloria: Mass VIII

Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes

Vidi Aquam (following renewal of baptismal promises)

Offertory proper: Terra tremuit
Offertory hymn: Be Joyful, Mary, Heavenly Queen

Sanctus: Mass VIII

Agnus Dei: Haller (Green book)

Communion proper: Pascha nostrum (antiphon only)
Communion motet: Surrexit Pastor Bonus (Asola)

Dismissal and blessing: Regina Coeli

Recessional: Come Ye Faithful Raise The Strain

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Friar's Pantry Update

According to this week's Cathedral bulletin, the Friar's Pantry (our charity) is in great need of cereal (the large bags at Winco, Smith's, Big Lots, and Grocery Outlet aren't that pricey). Other needs include canned or boxed milk, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, soups, Hamburger and Tuna Helper, jam/jelly, and personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel size shampoo and conditioner, lotion, etc.).

Normally, you can bring such items to rehearsal and Kathy will run them over to the Pantry. However, do NOT bring them to rehearsal this week; Kathy will not be there. You may take them to the Cathedral sacristy or gift shop; for the best times to do so, please call the Cathedral office at 775-329-2571 or Gail at 775-359-4330.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thursday, April 2: Holy Thursday

At Holy Spirit Mission, 6:15 PM. Mantillas, ladies.

Introit: Nos autem (multiple verses)

KyrieGloria (mp3 only), SanctusAgnus Dei (miserere nobis last time): Mass IV

Gradual: Christus factus est

Antiphons for the Washing of the Feet:
  • Mandatum novum do vobis
  • Postquam surrexit Dominus
  • Dominus Jesus
  • Domine, tu mihi lavas pedes
  • Si ego Dominus
  • In hoc cognoscent omnes
  • Maneant in vobis
  • Ubi caritas
can all be found here.

Offertory Proper: Dextera Domini

Offertory Motet: Christus Factus Est (Ebner)
Communion: Dominus Jesus

Psalm 22 (Dominus regit)*
Psalm 71 (Deus, judicium)*
Psalm 103 (Benedic, anima mea)*
Psalm 150 (Laudate Dominum)*
* as needed

Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament: Pange lingua
Stripping of altar: Psalm 21 (Diviserunt sibi) (alternate verses between cantors and all)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Basses Wanted (Sopranos, Too)

Do you know anyone who can sing really loooooooow? We can use more basses in RPC. At the other end of the spectrum, we can still use another soprano, or two or three. See the contact information on the right side of the screen.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mar. 22: 5th Sunday of Lent

At St. Peter Canisius, 8 AM.

Introit: Judica me Deus (Note: no Gloria Patri is sung today)

Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei (no Gloria): Mass XVII

Offertory: I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart

Communio: Ecce Quomodo Moritur

Recessional: O Sacred Head Surrounded

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Two Albums Of Note

This past weekend Sandy and I were looking through several thrift stores in South Lake Tahoe when she came across a Slavonic Russian Orthodox chant CD called To God's Mother Assiduously by the ensemble Cantors (in Russian, KAHTOPC) of Nizhny Novgorod. Check out their rich rendition of the Lord's Prayer. This tenor/bass is impressed with their range and resonance.

As far as I can tell, this recording is not copyrighted, and (as I write this in March 2015) there are only a handful of CDs available on Amazon and one on eBay, making it more of a find for Sandy. This leads to an obvious question: How did it get from Nizhny Novgorod to a South Lake Tahoe thrift store?

Meanwhile, the Missouri-based Benedictine nuns who took the classical album charts by storm in 2013 are about to release their latest chant CD, Easter at EphesusI first reported on them here. That one should be just a little more widely available.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Be Good To The Substitute Director

From Kathy:

Brandon Connell will be substituting for me [on March 17.]

It is challenging enough to do this on an ongoing basis when people just don't show up.  It is that much more difficult for someone who is substituting.

So, I am asking you to please make a special effort to be present for the March 17 rehearsal.  And, if you cannot attend, PLEASE NOTIFY PHYLLIS....You may reach Phyllis at balisyoung1 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Friday, Mar. 20: Stations of the Cross

At the Cathedral, call time 5:15 PM (or as soon as you can arrive from work).

O Sacred Head Surrounded

Stabat Mater

The Seven Last Words

Ecce Quomodo Moritur

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nobody Wants Sacred Music, Example #4,923

HT: Tom Swartz

Regina magazine (good name, eh?) has the story of how Chicago's St. John Cantius parish turned from threatened closure to thriving with 2,000 families by bringing back sacred music and the TLM, not to mention extensive renovations of the church itself. People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s--the very ones who are not coming to church anywhere else in spite of guitar and ethnic Masses--are drawn to the renewed sense of the sacred and transcendent.

Read about it here. Photo from the article.

And yet LifeTeen Masses persist in parishes with dwindling membership.