Latens Deitas: A Musical Exploration of the Works of Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard


Location: Eck Visitors Center

The McGrath Institute for Church Life is proud to present Latens Deitas, an original composition by French-Armenian composer Michel Petrossian, commissioned to mark the occasion of the Word and Wisdom conference at the University of Notre Dame.

The music is inspired by St. Thomas Aquinas’ prayer, Adoro te devote, as well as Fr. Olivier-Thomas Venard’s book, A Poetic Christ. The seven quatrains of Aquinas will be chanted in the styles of seven different Christian traditions (Gregorian, Ethiopian, Byzantine, Slavonic, Armenian, French and American) and supported by sung selections from Fr. Venard’s work.

Under the direction of Maestra Carmen-Helena Téllez, the composition will feature soprano Arwen Myers, countertenor Joshua Boggs and the chamber group Ensemble Concept/21. Fr. Venard will speak on his work at 7:00pm, and the concert performance will begin at 7:40pm.

A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life

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Carmen-Helena Téllez is a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.