Sunday, August 24, 2014

Virtuoso Improvisation

A week ago at St. Ignatius of Antioch on Manhattan's upper West Side, the communion antiphon had me literally transported into a realm I experience only rarely.  A new voice in the choir, Ruth Cunningham, was improvising on the chant as was James Kennerly, the parish's brilliant young organist.   Sounds you cannot imagine coming from two consummate musicians who are inhabited by a music spirit that is rare in any place at any time.

Go out of your way to be part of this extraordinary moment in the history of music.  Who knows how long it will last! 

The church has a website on which will be posted the music schedule for the year.  Do not miss it.