Quire Cleveland To Perform In St Vitus Church. Feb 29, 2020. After 4:00PM Saturday Vigil Mass.

Quire Cleveland, a mixed male/female a cappella chorus in northeast Ohio, will perform “Lamentations of Jeremiah” on FEB. 29, 2020 (Saturday) in St. Vitus Church, 6019 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 after the 4:00PM Saturday Vigil Mass in St. Vitus Church. Light pastry and refreshments will be served AFTER the performance in the lower church hall.

“Lamentations of Jeremiah” performance celebrates culture, traditions, and faith of the many immigrants who found a home in Cleveland. Through the migration of peoples from the European continent, the continuation of traditions and rituals remained fundamental to their respective communities. At the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century numerous Catholic parishes and churches were established and erected to serve these new residents. Quire Cleveland’s typical offerings feature repertoire that is deeply established in the Catholic Church. This Quire Cleveland performance explores the Western sacred music that is integral to these early founders’ communal worship.St. Vitus Parish was established as the first American Slovenian Roman Catholic parish in the state of Ohio and diocese of Cleveland Aug. 1893.

Quire Cleveland Artistic Director Dr. Jay White has chosen two settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by the Renaissance English composers Thomas Tallis (c1505-1585) and Robert White (1538-1574) as the repertoire for this performance. These lamentations are from the Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament of the Bible. The interpretation of this text, which is shared by the Christian and Jewish faiths, is important to a diverse population of believers.

Lamentations of Jeremiah are traditionally heard during the Tenebrae services preceding Easter. Their message is one that asks for the restoration of a community that has lost its home. The people plead for deliverance from their displacement and seek comfort in their shared plight. It is our hope to initiate the establishment of new relationships with these immigrant communities by introducing the Lamentations in parish churches ostensibly built for people who, when seeking a home, found one in Cleveland. For the Feb. 29, 2020 concert it will be an introduction to the Lent Season.

The Feb. 29, 2020 performance is free admission with good will offerings graciously accepted. One unique feature of this performance includes a an open and free rehearsal, open to the general public, to have the opportunity to observe the work in progress, listen to a short lecture presentation about the repertoire, meet our Artistic Director and singers, and enjoy the beautiful acoustics of the venue. The open rehearsal is scheduled on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM in the church with access to the church beginning at 6:00PM.

For additional information contact the parish rectory at (216) 361-1444 or via email at “skuhar@hotmail.com”