Sacred Music in a Sacred Space begins its 2014-15 season with the Polydora Ensemble, 9/16

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space begins its 2014-15 season with the Polydora Ensemble, 9/16

Inspired by the elegance and intimacy of the salon concerts of the 19th century, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space introduces its Caritas Concerts. As the name suggests, Caritas Concerts are benefits, with all proceeds directed toward charities that address social justice concerns. The very first Caritas performance will feature the New York-based Polydora Ensemble, specializing in repertoire for vocal quartet and piano. Held in Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (980 Park Avenue), the evenings begin and end with light refreshments and a chance to mingle with the performers. This concert will take place on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30pm; tickets are $50 and all proceeds will be donated to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Purchase tickets at smssconcerts.org or call 212-288-2520.

For this Caritas Concert, the Polydora Ensemble will perform several lesser-known gems of the chamber music repertoire, featuring works by Brahms and Schumann and a newly commissioned work by American composer Scott Wheeler. The pieces on the program, including Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65 and Vier Quartettte Op. 92; Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel; and Wheeler's New Love Song Waltzes all allow the members of the ensemble to shine as both soloists and collaborative partners. Kate Maroney of the Polydora Ensemble says of this program, "It strikes me that each composer aims for a directness, an immediacy in expressing the "vivid moments" of being in love. Polydora Ensemble is thrilled to share and explore these pieces as part of the Caritas Concert series at St. Ignatius Loyola-it is an honor to be part of an initiative that will help spread love through a charitable organization."

For this first Caritas Concert, SMSS has chosen to support the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. This worthwhile organization enhances the capacity of local organizations to serve their communities by providing Jesuit Volunteers to directly serve the poor and marginalized in the U.S. and developing countries. These volunteers bring energy and hope to the individuals and organizations they serve and gain valuable life skills, insights, and connections. SMSS is proud to support this organization in their mission of promoting social justice and spiritual living throughout the world.

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