St. Cecilia Pray for Us – A Musical Collaboration Unites America’s Michael Moriarty and Chicago’s Dan Robinson
Let us pray. O Eternal God, who gave us, in the person of Saint Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully
passed our days, like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we
may praise you and bless you forevermore in eternity. Amen.
Two great musicians are working on the prayed for premier of an original work. Michael Moriarty*, celebrated actor, musician, composer and defender of unborn children has written a string quartet – musical presentation that usually consists of two violinists, a violist and a cellist. The work from the time of Haydn has four movements. Dan Robinson**, director of the St. Cecilia Choir of St. John Cantius, has taken Mr. Moriarty’s work, transcribed the manuscript and played it through to determine that it should be presented in public.
Michael Moriarty, most known as a stage, screen and television actor, symphony for strings was first performed in St. Louis and again at the New York City. Of this work performed as part of the Bachanalia Festival at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan,CAROLINE STOESSINGER, the cathedral’s artistic director said,
“Bach said he wrote music for the entertainment of the soul. Michael Moriarty is an entertainer who writes in a contemporary idiom, influenced by jazz and highlighted with memories of 18th-century counterpoint.”
I am working to scare up some funding ( a modest $ 7,000-$8,000) in order to secure a venue, pay musicians for rehearsals and the concert. During my post-Leo hours, I am hitting up possible patrons or a solid corporate citizen (Bank or Business) in order to help this collaboration between two talented men some funding.
If you love music and you appreciate the labors of talented people, let’s pray to the Catholic Muse of Music – St. Cecilia. Not only that, if you have any ideas about helping to bring this work to life here in Chicago – leave a comment. Thank you!
Everybody!(repeat after each line) Pray for us. Saint Cecilia,
Saint Cecilia, wise virgin,(Pray for us. Saint Cecilia, & etc.)
Saint Cecilia, whose heart burned with the fire of divine love,
Saint Cecilia, apostle by your zeal and charity,
Saint Cecilia, who converted your spouse and procured for him the crown of martyrdom,
Saint Cecilia, who by your pleadings moved the hearts of pagans, and brought them into the true Church,
Saint Cecilia, who did unceasingly see your guardian angel by your side,
Saint Cecilia, who mingled your voice with the celestial harmonies of the virgins,
Saint Cecilia, who by your melodious accents celebrated the praises of Jesus,
Saint Cecilia, illustrious martyr of Jesus Christ,
Saint Cecilia, who during three days suffered most excruciating torments,
Saint Cecilia, consolation of the afflicted,
Saint Cecilia, protectress of all who invoke you,
Saint Cecilia, patroness of holy canticles,
Saint Cecilia, special patroness and advocate of all singers, musicians, authors, and students,
Michael Moriarty’s Music
[5-7-00] A Voice in the Wilderness (working title) — Michael will be in the recording studio soon!
An album, “The Highest Standards” from the mid-80s contains a song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” featuring Michael playing the harmonica.
Production Company: Plug Records
Producer: David Lahm.
Michael Moriarty’s Jazz CDs
Sweet ‘n Gritty
The Michael Moriarty Quintet Live at Fat Tuesday’s April 12, 1992
The New York Times has called Michael Moriarty “a jazz pianist of considerable skill.”
Michael Moriarty’s Classical Tape
The Music Of Michael Moriarty
Symphony For String Orchestra, conducted by Michael Moriarty
Psalm For Solo Violin, Nina Beilina – Violinist
The Kaufman Symphony For Chamber Orchestra
A CD with William Feasley, guitar & Vladimir Lande, oboe
From a review:
“The little-explored combination of oboe and guitar has managed to find a
small but unique repertory for itself. The sharp, dark overtones of this kind of
ensemble work best with lyrical modern music, as in Ibert’s dramatic Entr’acte,
Karl Pilss’s lovely neo-classic Sonatine, and a serious, ruminative piece (Simplicity)
by Michael Moriarty (yes, the actor!)…”
St. Cecilia Choir and Sine Nomine Ensemble
Daniel V. Robinson, Director
In addition to serving as one of the directors of the Sine Nomine and St. Ceclia Choirs at St. John Cantius, Daniel Robinson is music director of the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society in Chicago. He has also guest-conducted the a cappella ensemble Bella Voce. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and graduate degrees in music from Stanford University. He studied conducting with Robert Shaw, Clayton Krehbiel, John Ferris, Howard Swan, Weston Noble, and Richard Rosewall. He was founder and music director of Basically Bach. Previous church choir work includes stints with the Harvard University Choir, the Harvard University Summer Choir, the First Unitarian Church in Danvers, MA, and the Stanford Memorial Church Choir.
Pat Hickey is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer