Last night, the fabulous Marietta College Concert Choir made a tour stop at St. Mark’s on the Campus. They are performing my setting of St. Augustine’s famous text “Sero te Amavi” on their tour. I had a chance to work with them for a few minutes in the afternoon. Dr. Daniel Monek has developed this ensemble from the ground up over the last 11 years. They were a very responsive bunch and sang very expressively. They were also loads of fun when you talked to them individually. Also, they have the magical ability to sing upside-down from the roof of the church. If you have a chance, you should go see them. It was a very challenging program, and they pulled it off with aplomb. Thanks for a great concert! Here’s the vid with English translation below.
Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong – I, misshapen.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being,
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.