Cathedral Holds Advent Candlelight Concert Featuring Music From Mexico And Spain
Published: December 4, 2003
ATLANTAâThe Cathedral of Christ the King will present the Cathedral Choir in its fourteenth annual presentation of âA Candlelight Service of Advent Lessons and Carolsâ on Sunday evening, Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. This beautiful service, presented in the superb visual and acoustic environment of the Cathedral, explores the mystery and hope surrounding the coming of the Savior through readings and song.
Advent Lessons and Carols, sung in churches all over the world since the late1800s, is illuminated only by candlelight and the sparkling music of the season. This yearâs service, which falls two days after the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, will feature music of Hispanic origin not only by the great composers of Spain, but also pieces written by native Aztec and Nahua Indian composers. These pieces, recently discovered in the archives of Mexico Cityâs Cathedral, blend the hypnotic rhythms of Mesoamerican drums with charming melodies of Indian and European influence. The music speaks of an unprecedented period of evangelization that occurred throughout the Aztec Empire as a result of the miracle of Guadalupe in 1531, and is rich with the language and imagery of that great culture. The resulting experience defies cultural classification.
The Cathedral Choir will be under the direction of its choirmaster, Kevin Culver, and will be accompanied by the Cathedral Bell Choir under the direction of Timothy Wissler.
This service, long a favorite of Atlanta music lovers, shines with the joyous spirit and anticipation of the holiday season, and all members of the archdiocesan family are warmly invited to attend. For more information call (404) 233-2145, ext. 470.