This concert is part of a conference that focuses on the sonic effect of Arvo Pärt's music. Stemming from the conference's theme, these performances aim to focus on how Pärt's music conveys its sacred content.
The concert venue is a stunning Byzantine-revival church renowned for its excellent acoustics and its exquisite Létourneau pipe organ.
Among this concert's unique features will be the Goeyvaerts ensemble's performance of Pärt's "Stabat Mater" in just intonation - which renders acoustically pure intervals, allowing for an experience that may alternately sound utterly serene and oddly dissonant.
This concert, together with the conference, aims to present Pärt's music as it has scarcely been heard before. See repertoire below.