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MML Faculty Performs and Facilitates "The Sacred Veil" on 6/3 with Drake University and RDCC

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

In collaboration with Drake University's Alumni Choir, Umeri, Mobile Music Lessons faculty member, Maggie Parker will perform Iowa's premiere of Eric Whitacre's "The Sacred Veil" on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 pm in Sheslow Auditorium. Mobile Music Lessons is proud to facilitate this event in partnership with MercyOne's Richard Deming Cancer Center as part of their "Music As Therapy" programming.

"The Sacred Veil's" music composition is a powerful 53-minute work, scored for choir, cello, and piano that explores themes of love, loss, compassion, resilience, and finding meaning in the midst of suffering. The texts of "The Sacred Veil" were written by Charles Anthony Silvestri, whom has often collaborated with Eric Whitacre and other internationally-known composers to provide librettos for their works, and Julie Silvestri, Tony’s wife, who passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 35. Julie’s words are excerpts from the blogs, journals, and emails she wrote both early in their marriage and during the time she was being treated for cancer.

The performance is open to the public and free of charge. Learn more about the event here and view photos from the performance below!

Photos from 6/3:

Dr. Deming and Tony Silvestri at the pre-talk discussion of "The Sacred Veil"

Dr. Richard Deming with a friend and "The Sacred Veil's" librettist, Tony Silvestri

Umeri's performance of "The Sacred Veil"

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