Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2015
Contact: Robin McShane, Director of Communications, 203-777-5537 x128
The Love of God by Composer-in-Residence Julian Darius Revie
to be Premiered during Papal Mass in Philadelphia
The World Première of The Love of God, a piece for choir, children’s chorus, and symphony orchestra by Saint Thomas More Composer-in-Residence Julian Darius Revie, will occur during the outdoor Papal Mass to be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4:00pm. Composed as the Communion antiphon for this mass, The Love of God will be performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra with a 300-voice massed choir and children’s chorus, all conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, while Pope Francis receives communion.
The Love of God is a work adapted from Revie’s hour-long Mass of the Divine Shepherd, the first orchestral setting of the revised English Order of Mass instituted by the Vatican in 2011. This Mass was premiered at Carnegie Hall in June by 400 singers including the National Children’s Chorus and the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir of Philadelphia, 600 handbells, and symphony orchestra, conducted by Stephen Layton.
Based upon the message of Christ’s sacrificial love proclaimed in 1 John 3:16, The Love of God is written to assist the congregation in worthy preparation for Communion. As Pope Francis himself has said, “In the Eucharist, Christ is always renewing his gift of self, which he made on the Cross. His whole life is an act of total sharing of self out of love.”
The entrance of the children’s chorus is reserved for the culminating line of John’s text, the call to action to “lay down our lives for one another.” Here, the children take the lead, singing melodies which then echo through all voices and orchestra in increasingly rich polyphony, as if the love of which they sing were cascading through and being embraced by all humanity. This summons arising from the pure of heart calls upon Christ’s flock to follow the example of the Shepherd.
Julian Darius Revie’s compositions for solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles and orchestra have been performed in North America, Europe, and Australia, in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House. Mr. Revie is Composer-in-Residence at the Center for Music and Liturgy of Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale University. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Revie holds a diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Yale University and Caltech in the United States; and a Master’s in Composition from Cambridge University in Great Britain, where he directed the Choir of Robinson College. He studied privately at The Juilliard School with Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, and Philip Lasser.