From Charles Q. Sullivan, Musica Sacra
Thank you for your interest in Musica Sacra, the new collaborative performing arts project that was recently announced in cooperation with St. John’s Cathedral. The tagline of this project, Beyond Belief, indicates its intention to utilize word, music, and image in celebrating the common values that make us human, with an emphasis on leadership and responsibility. This seems especially appropriate at this time in our history.
Although recent events and circumstances reinforce the need for this focus, timing is everything; and current circumstances require cancellation of the inaugural choral program in June, and suspension of planning for further development of this project. Recommendations and restrictions on public gatherings and social interactions require suspension of both the audition process and efforts to develop audience support.
Like many of you, I am watching my limited financial resources disintegrate – seriously compromising my ability to fund this or any other valued arts project. There is no way of predicting when or if both the financial and physical health of the world will recover. And like many of you, my ability to work has been compromised by classification as “non-essential.”
What we do as musicians is far from being “non-essential” to the physical and economic health of our country. And it is certainly essential to our individual lives, especially during this time. So I encourage you to check out this post on ChoralNet: Making Music During the Pandemic.
I also invite you to contemplate a couple of texts that summarize the content of the canceled June 14 programs:
Give to our leaders and all ruling powers, peace and good government,
So that under them we may live a steady and untroubled life, in unity with all humankind,
In the way of godliness and respect for the dignity of all.
–Gib unsern Fürsten – Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
I have placed you at the very center of the world, so that from that vantage point you may with greater ease glance round about you on all that the world contains. We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine.
–From De Hominis Dignitate – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494)