Escolania de Montserrat & Pacific Boychoir
July 06, 2017
Coming to the cathedral direct from a performance at the JFK Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., the Escolania de Montserrat of Catalonia will perform on the West Coast for the first time in the choir’s 800-year history. They’ll perform with Oakland’s GRAMMY award-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy.
About the choirs
The Escolania de Montserrat is one of the oldest music schools in Europe and is the premiere boys’ choir in Catalonia, Spain. By the 13th century, a small group of boys were already serving in the Benedictine abbey and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat by singing and playing different musical instruments. In the following centuries, many remarkable composers and performers were spawned from the so-called Montserrat Music School. Today, the aim of the Escolania – as in the past – is participation in daily prayers and singing in front of large audiences of pilgrims from all over the world. It is one of the objectives of the Escolania to spread sacred music, both made by the composers of Montserrat and internationally renowned composers as well. The choristers (called escolans in Catalan) are messengers of peace and beauty. Using the universal language of music, they cross over boundaries and speak directly to the hearts of the people who listen to them sing.
Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) is a GRAMMY Award-winning, independent choir school for boys in grades four through eight, with seven after-school choirs for boys in pre-kindergarten through high school. Founded in Oakland, California in 1998 by Artistic Director Kevin Fox, PBA serves over 170 choristers a season, has released nine independent albums, tours domestically and internationally each year and has garnered three GRAMMY Awards with the San Francisco Symphony. The only North American boychoir school outside of the East Coast, PBA offers unique and rigorous choral and academic programs, producing confident, engaged young men and artists. The Los Angeles Times calls PBA’s sound quality “astonishing,” while The New York Times hails PBA’s ability to perform music “far beyond the reach of most children’s choirs.”
$10-20 Donation requested