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“Art and Architecture in Concert for Haiti”

By Tiffany Yeung

Over 65 spectators gathered at the Fordham University Church today, April 11, for its 2010 Spring Concert entitled “Art and Architecture in Concert for Haiti”. The event spanned over two days, with the first set of performances taking place last night at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle located next to Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus.

At the Rose Hill Campus this afternoon, Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, Fordham’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry, welcomed the crowd and said, “Gathering in this Church has always lifted up hearts, minds, and spirits. The art in the University Church reminds us of the extraordinary legacy that it ours.”

Robert Minotti conducted the Fordham University Choir and the Bronx Arts Ensemble in four musical pieces: Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia, Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, John Rutter’s Te Deum, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.

Professor Bannon McHenry gave a presentation on the iconography present in the Reredos, the focal painting located behind the main altar by artist Hildreth Meiere. Reverend Patrick J. Ryan, S.J. offered insight on the stained glass windows of the University Church, revealing that six windows were a gift from King Louis Phillippe of France and the rest were crafted by artists in reverence for great teachers like St. Ignatius of Loyola and Jesus.

As a free will offering to the Fordham Fund for Haiti ensued, Monsignor Quinn said “We are all a part of history and the writing of history. History was made in a very tragic way with the earthquake in Haiti. Since January, more than $43,000 has been raised.” He continued, “While we keep in mind the history of Fordham’s Church, we must also remember Port Au-Prince and all the history that was destroyed there.”

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