April 04, 2017
Communications and Marketing
On Saturday April 8, the Saint Anselm College Choir will be performing their annual Spring Concert, commemorating their 30th anniversary as an organization, and the 20th anniversary of a spring performance. The concert, to be offered at 7:30 p.m. on the vigil of Palm Sunday, will honor the contributions of the choir's founder and director emeritus, Fr. Bede Camera, O.S.B.
The Saint Anselm College Choir was founded in 1987 under the direction of Fr. Bede. Their original duties were generally focused on singing liturgies in the Saint Anselm Abbey Church. Today, the choir still performs at Mass every Sunday. They also sing at important moments in the life of the college community, such as family weekend, the nurse pinning ceremony, and, of course, spring concert.
First-year director of Liturgical Music Eric Bermani and the choir will perform various liturgies of Holy Week, including "classic gems of the choral repertoire in addition to contemporary pieces." Bermani selected songs that will help the audience reflect and meditate upon some of the most "beautifully moving texts the Church has in her treasury."
Bermani says the repertoire will be celebratory in nature to honor the choir's historic anniversary and to ring in Palm Sunday, while paying homage to their director emeritus, Fr. Bede. Although he has retired from directing the choir he founded, Fr. Bede is still active and involved in the music ministry. His passionate contributions have been a blessing to the choir, as his invaluable support has been an unwavering resource throughout the years.
"We're here this evening because of the vision and determination Fr. Bede had three decades ago," Bermani says in the choir program's welcome letter.
Immediately following Spring Concert, there will be a light reception held in Campus Ministry for Fr. Bede and the choristers.
In honor of the historic occasion, the concert will also feature the musical talents of alumni who previously participated in choir at Saint Anselm. Bermani has reached out to alumni with the hope that they will join the current choir in singing, "I Love You, Lord," an iconic song closely associated with the Saint Anselm choir.
The concert will be held in the Abbey Church and is open to the public.
To learn more about the history of the choir, visit the Choir Web site.
Story by Jonathan Burkart '18