Earlier this year, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts contacted the Schola Pacis and asked the group to record one of the illuminated manuscript chants being displayed in an upcoming exhibition. The chant commemorates the martyrdom of St. Peter (June 29th) and appears in the new exhibition at the Frist entitled “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Ranissance Italy.” The exhibition opens on October 31, 2014 and runs through January 25, 2015. The group’s recording can be heard on the exhibition’s audio guide. It will also play periodically in the gallery, providing ambient background for the exhibition.
On August 9th, the Schola recorded part of the chant in Studio A at Ocean Way Studios on Music Row. The Schola (from left: Chris Simonsen, Gregg Colson, Matt Smyth, Nelson Berry, Riley Bryant, and Rick Seay) enjoyed bringing to life this 13th century text for the exhibition’s curator, Trinita Kennedy, who sat with the engineer during the recording.
The Schola will perform the chant at the Frist’s Member Preview Party on October 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. The group will also perform a number of chants live in the gallery during the Frist’s Family Day. The displayed chant and a number of other chants can be heard at 1:45pm and 3pm in the gallery while viewing the exhibition on November 16, 2014.