Musica da Camera performance to help support Abbey and Seminary College recovery efforts
As a result of the extensive flooding at Saint Joseph Abbey + Seminary College on March 11, a performance by Musica da Camera, originally scheduled for the Abbey Church on Sunday, April 10, has been moved to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, located at 1031 S. Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.
"The Red Book: Songs & Dances of the Shrine of Montserrat - with Vox Feminæ," begins at 3 p.m., is free and open to the public, but organizers are accepting donations to assist in recovery efforts at the Abbey and Seminary College. Additionally, members of Musica da Camera will make a donation to the Abbey to help offset the cost of cleanup and repair. Visit HelpTheAbbey.com to find out how you can help.
The flood, the worst the Abbey has received in nearly 100 years, damaged nearly every building on the grounds, including the basement of the Abbey Church, which housed electrical, air conditioning and heating equipment. The church is closed to the public until further notice. Other buildings damaged include the monastery, residence halls and classrooms, the library, gift shop, the casket building operation Woodworks, Pennies for Bread and the Christian Life Retreat Center.
New Orleans Musica da Camera is the oldest surviving early music organization in the country, founded in 1966 by director Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr. Researching and performing the music of the 10th through 16th centuries, the group is dedicated to making that music current and living for the listeners of the 21st century.