APERI ANIMAM presents “Libera nos: music on tribulation & salvation,” a concert of Renaissance choral music on the Israelites’ exile to Babylon.
When practicing Catholicism was punishable by imprisonment or death in Elizabethan England, Catholic composers sought refuge in and drew inspiration from scriptural texts on the Babylonian captivity, comparing themselves to the exiled Israelites. This program of motets recounts their stories—that of the Israelites, the English Catholics, and all of those who have suffered from persecution and intolerance. It evokes the transition from suffering to deliverance, both physically and spiritually, and compels us to reflect upon our faults and wrongdoings and turn toward betterment and righteousness.
This program is dedicated to the Jewish and Muslim peoples across the world who have been massacred in mass shootings, particularly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this past October and Christchurch, New Zealand in March. May they rest in peace.
The concert will be preceded by a brief lecture at 7:15pm given by Crawford Wiley, M.S.M., Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, and followed by a meet-and-greet reception.
Preferred seating: $30
General seating: $20
Pay-what-you-can seating for artists & students will also be available for purchase at the door before the concert, beginning at 6:45pm.
Free ample parking in the 29th St and Orchard St lot behind the building.