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BOSTON – A beacon of light during the height of the pandemic, four singers at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross sought artistic refuge in the Cathedral bell tower where its bells toll each day.
The tower’s most unusual acoustic properties were miraculously friendly to singers forced to wear masks and stand far away from each other. Each week immediately after Mass at the Cathedral, they made a new recording. Several months later, the album From the Bell Tower is the result.
Led by Richard J. Clark, composer and Director of Music of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Boston Cathedral Singers are:
GRAMMY-wining soprano Barbara Hill, International Performing Artist Jaime Korkos, mezzo-soprano, acclaimed Cuban-American tenor Michael González, and baritone Taras Leschishin, a soloist with the Boston Pops and international guest conductor.
The recordings were digitally mastered by Double-platinum-winning producer Paul Umbach.
This album includes Clark’s Four Eucharist Motets for the Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Boston and Kevin Allen’s Ave Maria premiered in Los Angeles in 2019 under Clark’s direction.
The two-ton bells have their own story — confiscated during the Civil War from a church in New Orleans, they were sold and installed in 1863 in Holy Trinity German Catholic Church, Boston. Closed in 2008, the bells were relocated to the Cathedral where they ring out to this day. Cardinal Sean O’Malley stated, “These bells have a missionary fire, inviting people to the banquet.” (Boston Globe: “Historic Bells Will Ring out from Boston Cathedral” – Jack Newsham, Oct. 18, 2015)
For the Boston Cathedral Singers, the bells have been a guiding light and a beacon of hope for us all.