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Joseph B. Smith Memorial Concert

posted Apr 28, 2014, 9:10 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 9:10 AM ]
A Memorial Concert celebrating the life of Joseph B. Smith will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm in The Cathedral Basilica of Saint James. He was the director of music there, and served as the organist for the papal Mass celebrated by Saint John Paul II at Aqueduct Racetrack in 1995. He also accompanied the diocesan choirs that sang for Pope Benedict XVI during his departure ceremony at JFK Airport in 2008. He died in December, 2012, and Bishop DiMarzio called him “a man of very few words. But he spoke to us through music. He made music come alive.”

The concert will include some of his favorite organ works; including César Franck’s well-known, Prélude, Fugue, et Variation, Op. 18. The Diocesan Choir, which I sing with, will perform Blessed is the Man, the third movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 1915 All-Night Vigil, Op. 37, a work Rachmaninoff considered one of his best compositions. We’ll sing Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11, composed by nineteen-year-old Gabriel Fauré; and Psalm 23, the sixth movement of John Rutter’s Requiem.

The evening will conclude with Joseph Smith’s arrangements of two hymns; What Wondrous Love and Thou Hast Made Us For Thy Glory. His wife, Jessica Tranzillo, will sing Abide in Love, which he composed for their friend’s wedding anniversary.