The repertoire chosen for the festival concerts has been selected to reflect on the subjects of Mary and the Cross, since the conference dates include both the Feast of the Cross and the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year we also are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, the founding order of the University of Notre Dame.

The conference features the premiere of a new motet by James MacMillan, Cum vidisset Jesus, composed especially for the occasion in honor of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and concerts of other works by MacMillan and important sacred music composers of all time.

For updated information and to get tickets, visit the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center website.


South Bend Chamber Singers, Nancy Menk, music director

Thursday, September 13, 2012
8 p.m.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Attend Vespers at the Basilica directed by Father Peter Rocca, with musical ministry provided by the excellent South Bend Chamber Singers, Saint Mary College’s ensemble-in-residence, under esteemed conductor Nancy Menk, with David Eicher, organ. Music includes guest composer James MacMillan's Magnificat, one of his most celebrated works.

A Sacred Chamber Recital

Friday, September 14, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Reyes Hall

Curated by celebrated organists Craig Cramer and  Paul Walker with baritone Stephen Lancaster, this recital will showcase the magnificent organs in Notre Dame's Reyes Choral and Organ Hall.

Pomerium, Alexander Blachly, Music Director

Friday, September 14, 2012
7 p.m. pre-concert talk by Emily Snow
8 p.m. performance
Leighton Concert Hall

Alexander Blachly returns to Notre Dame to direct his New York-based a cappella ensemble, praised by The New York Times as one of “the finest early-music ensembles in the country.” The planned program is a treasure of Renaissance music on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, enhanced by Blachly’s commentary on art of the period projected onstage and a pre-concert talk by music historian Emily Snow  (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Aguavá New Music Studio and the Notre Dame Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Carmen-Helena Tellez, music director and conductor

Saturday, September 15, 2012
7 p.m. pre-concert conversation with James MacMillan and Carmen-Helena Téllez, moderated by Andre Redwood
8 p.m. performance
Leighton Concert Hall

September 15, 2012 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows, Mary, Patroness of the Congregation of Holy Cross. On this Marian feast, noted conductor Carmen-Helena Téllez  will direct the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Cum vidisset Jesus, his commissioned motet dedicated to the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Téllez will also direct MacMillan’s exceptional sacred cantata The Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993).  A pre-concert panel will feature discussion by MacMillan and Téllez, moderated by music historian Margot Fassler (University of Notre Dame).

Download a copy of the Performance Schedule Flyer here