Leading Catholic composers will gather at the Stroble Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University later this month for the 14th-annual Liturgical Composers Forum.
The forum is a professional academy of women and men who write hymns, songs and acclamations for the Roman Catholic Mass. The group includes published composers from across North America and England representing various styles of traditional and contemporary music.
Attendees will include David Haas, Roc O'Connor, Rory Cooney, Jaime Cortez, Janet Whitaker and many others.
For the first time, the public is invited to one of the forum's events, "A Dessert Concert with Poetry and Praise," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the chapel at Mercy Center, 2039 North Geyer Road.
Led by Missouri native and composer Lynn Trapp, Ph.D, the concert will include inspiring instrumental music, congregational singing and the poetry of author Susan Palo Cherwien.
A reception will follow the concert. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required by Jan. 19.
To RSVP, call 314-977-7200.
The Liturgical Composers Forum was founded by Fr. John Foley, S.J., to foster collaboration among liturgical composers and to provide ongoing education in liturgical theology, spirituality, text writing and musical composition. This is one way the Center for Liturgy works to improve the quality of music available to parishes around the world.
The Stroble Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University enlivens, enriches and deepens the celebration of the Eucharist by enabling Catholics to participate more fully in the Mass, by advancing the composition of liturgical music, and by teaching students about the riches of Catholic liturgy. For more information, visit liturgy.slu.edu.