30th July 2010
“For Soli Deo Gloria, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival is a unique opportunity not only to engage with one of the greatest contemporary composers, Arvo Pärt, but also to contribute to the renaissance of sacred music in a world which arguably needs it more than ever.”
— Peter Bannister, Associate Artistic Director, Soli Deo Gloria
Soli Deo Gloria, Inc. (SDG) is proud to sponsor the 2010 Vale of Glamorgan Festival in celebration of the music of composer Arvo Pärt.
Since its founding in 1993, SDG has sought to enhance, promote, and preserve sacred classical music at the highest level. At the heart of its mission is the commissioning of new sacred music from the world’s leading composers. In addition, the organization sponsors sacred music concerts and recordings around the world. In each of these areas SDG has gained recognition as an distinctive, behind-the-scenes advocate of sacred music. SDG takes its name from the Latin phrase Soli Deo Gloria (“to God alone be the glory”) that Bach inscribed on many of his compositions.
Soli Deo Gloria has commissioned works by American composers Paul Schoenfeld, Daniel Kellogg, and Jacob Bancks; Guggenheim Fellowship winner George Arasimowicz; Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence, Augusta Read Thomas; Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Rouse; pre-eminent Scottish composer James MacMillan, and SDG’s own Composer-in-Association, Peter Bannister, among others.
The organization has worked with such ensembles as the Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, L’Ensemble orchestral de Paris, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Morgan State University Choir, the American Boychoir, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic.
Sacred music recordings sponsored by Soli Deo Gloria include Henryk Górecki’s Miserere (1994 Elektra Nonesuch), Hector Berlioz’ Te Deum (2001 EMI/Virgin Classics), Bach’s Mass in B Minor (2006 EMI/Virgin Classics), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (forthcoming), and Haydn’s The Creation (forthcoming).
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