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Lessons and hymns for the Lenten season

Kairos: A Consort of Singers, under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, presents a program of Lessons & Hymns on Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 p.m. at the Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Route 9W, West Park.

Presented on Palm Sunday, Lessons & Hymns comes at the end of Lent and ushers in the very earliest days of Spring. The service is based on the Anglican tradition of Lessons & Carols for Christmas, with readings from the Old and New Testaments interspersed liberally with congregational hymns and choral performances.

The program offers a meditative prelude to the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. Serene and contemplative, the service is remarkably inclusive: People of all faiths and of none are welcome and find solace as the hard days of Winter draw to a close. The service has roots in the ancient Tenebrae services traditionally held before Easter, on the last three days of Holy Week.

The Kairos Consort’s program will include glorious music from Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Spain, from the 15th century to the 20th. The composers represented include Heinrich Isaac, Francis Poulenc, Heinrich Schütz, Henry Purcell, and Tomás Luis de Victoria.

The performance is held in the beautiful, intimate, and acoustically superb chapel at the Monastery. There is no admission charge, and the program is open to the public. All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation (or lack thereof). Free-will donations will be matched by the Holy Cross community, to benefit local food-based charitable organizations.

It is suggested that audience members arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the performance to secure seating.

There are two performances still to come this season for Kairos; both will be presented at the Holy Cross Monastery. On Apr. 29, the Consort will present a spring concert titled “In the Spirit,” a program of unaccompanied choral works invoking the spiritual, the ghostly, and the mystical, with works from the 15th to the 21st centuries. On May 20, Kairos’s Bach Cantata Series continues with a performance of the Cantata BWV 127.

Founded in 1994, Kairos: A Consort of Singers is the premier vocal ensemble of the Hudson Valley. Kairos specializes in the unaccompanied choral literature from the medieval to the present, and has also performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Bach Festival Orchestra, the Esopus Chamber Orchestra, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet. The group serves as Artists-in-Residence at Holy Cross Monastery and performs throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.

For more information visit kairosconsort.org or call 256-9114. Directions to the monastery can be found on its website.

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