My Prayer is a Song

Benefit Concert

Thursday February 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm

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Main Sanctuary
Thu, Feb 17, 2022
07:30 PM
90 min.

Please note: All ticketholders must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the concert in person. View full COVID-19 Safety Guidelines here.

Bruce Rameker, vocalist | Michael Sheetz, piano

St. Augustine said, “He who sings prays twice.” Prayers are twofold in this evening of sung prayers from every time and place, ranging from chant to spirituals to songs of the living composers here at St. Ignatius, from Schubert’s Ave Maria to unlikely selections by Marc Blitzstein and Virgil Thomson. Longtime parishioner and cantor Bruce Rameker uses both baritone and countertenor ranges and picks from a lifetime’s collection of prayer-songs, demonstrating that there’s more than one way to pray.

Composers include Hildegard von Bingen, Vivaldi, Handel, Schubert, Mahler, Poulenc, Ives and Copland. Also featured are songs of living New York composers Roger Gillen, Michael Sheetz, Roosevelt Credit, Bobby Reuter, Richard Pearson Thomas, Alison Tung, and a world premiere by Braam van Eeden.

100% of your ticket cost goes directly to the Ali Forney Center, the country’s largest agency dedicated to protecting LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness.