ORPUS CHRISTI WATERSHED commissioned several pieces, which received world premiere performances at the 2017 Sacred Music Symposium. One is a setting of the Communion antiphon for 29 June (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul). This is actually the feastday of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Mr. Allen’s motet, however, can be sung at various times. That’s because the moment when Christ uttered the words “Thou art Peter” have deep significance for the Catholic Church, which goes back 2,000 years.
You can download this beautiful piece:
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Below, it is conducted by Dr. Horst Buchholz—recorded “live” on a handheld device by someone sitting close to the front of church:
The microphone does not accurately capture the beautiful choral sound. I was there, and I can assure you the microphone does not do justice to what we heard.
Below are rehearsal audio files, courtesy of Extraordinary Vegas schola cantorum:
We plan to release a whole bunch of cool stuff from the 2017 Sacred Music Symposium…stay tuned!