Dinner and Concert: Gargoyle Brass

This is music you can feel…literally.

Get ready for a cascade of musical colors when the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble presents the world premiere of William C. White’s “Flood of Waters.”

Saturday May 4th at 7:30 pm..

Commissioned by the Gargoyle ensemble and completed in 2018, the dramatic new tone poem for brass, organ, and percussion depicts the Great Flood from The Book of Genesis. It’s a perfect pairing: the brilliant sonorities and wide dynamic range of a brass quintet and the majestic sound of a pipe organ, plus two percussionists.

Click the image below to learn all the details of this event from our Spring 2019 Newsletter!


5:30 p.m. - Banquet (Café San Giovanni)
7:30 p.m. - Concert (Church)

anquet Tickets

$500* per plate (Includes admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert.)

*  The Patrons of Sacred Music (AMDG Foundation) is a 501c3 non-profit. The fair market value for each $500 ticket (Banquet & Concert) is $100; the amount in excess can be considered a charitable contribution.

oncert Tickets

$40 (Reserved Seating)
$20 (Adult)
$15 (Seniors over 65 & Students)
$10 (Youth 6-18)   

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Menu for the Banquet at 5:30 p.m.

Menu by Chef Lisa D’Ambrosio


Prosecco Sparkling Wine
Gorgonzola with Grape and Honey Crostini
Prosciutto with Burrata and Figs
Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
Shrimp Cocktail

Soup and Salad

Arugula Parmesan Salad With Choice of Dressing
Cream of Asparagus Soup
Fresh Rolls and Butter

Main Course

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Portobello Mushroom Sauce
Risotto Milanese with Saffron
Sauteed Broccolini and Garlic
Choice of Wine

Dessert Course

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Panna Cotta with Berries
Glazed Lemon Cookies
Coffee or Tea

Concert Musical Repertoire

“Fanfare” from Willan “Five Pieces for Organ”

Healey Willan (1880–1968) was a Anglo-Canadian composer based in Toronto. He wrote music for the coronation of Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey and was a recipient of the Lambeth Doctorate, Mus. D Cantaur from the Archbishop of Canterbury. His music is considered a national treasure of Canada.

(2 minutes)

Con sincerita, No. 4 from Six Etudes in Canonic Form, Robert Schumann, Arr. Marcel Dupré

Schumann’s Etudes in Canonic Form are contrapuntal masterpieces. The work was composed for the pedal piano (a rare form of the piano that includes a pedalboard, enabling bass register notes to be played with the feet). Berlioz arranged the work for two pianos. The Parisian master of the organ Marcel Dupré made the definitive organ version.

(5 minutes)

Apparition, Olivier Messiaen

Apparition de l’église éternelle is a work by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. The piece is in arc form, beginning in pianissimo and building up to a fortissimo climax featuring a C major chord, and then receding back to pianissimo. Richly colored chords alternate with open fifths, on top of a throbbing bass which repeats a simple rhythmic pattern. Programmatically, the piece describes the appearance of the eternal church, which then fades away. This imagery has been compared to Dante’s description of the inferno. Messiaen described the piece by quoting from the hymn Cœlestis urbs Jerusalem: “Scissors, hammer, suffering, and tests, tailoring and polishing the elected persons, living stones of the spiritual edifice”, stating that the throbbing bass depicts the incessant work of construction. 

(9 minutes) 

Fantasy in F Minor, K 608, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Fantasy in F Minor, K 608, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed to fulfill a commission for a memorial exhibit in Vienna, to be played in a “mechanical clock organ.”  The music opens with an f minor section reminiscent of a French Overture, followed by a fugue in f minor, then an Andante aria, followed by a return to the opening and then a more complex version of the fugue. It is a remarkable work which standa at an intersection, incorporating what Mozart learned about counterpoint studying at the foot of Bach, while looking ahead to the emotional and harmonic poignancy of Schubert.

(11 minutes)

Blessed are They (from the German Requiem), Johannes Brahms

Brahms wrote the German Requiem in memory of his friend, Robert Schumann, as well as his own mother. Blessed are They is based on the Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount), found in Matthew’s Gospel. It is music that is full of comfort and hope, beginning quietly with “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted,” and ending with a resounding affirmation from the Revelation of Saint John the Divine, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”

(9 minutes)

Flood of Water: Story of Noah, William C. White

A dramatic tone poem for brass, percussion, and organ, Flood of Waters is musical depiction of the story of Noah: the tempest, the calm upon the face of the waters, the dove, the waters receding, and finally, the covenant. The composer will be in attendance to discuss how he created this work and what it means to write biblically-inspired concert music in the 21st century.

(10 minutes)

Schmücke dich, BWV 654, Johann Sebastian Bach

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele is a German chorale connecting the Marriage and Wedding Feast of the King’s Son (Matthew 22:1-14) with the reception of Holy Communion. Just as a bride prepares to meet her husband on her wedding day, the soul must be prepared to meet Christ the Bridegroom in the Holy Eucharist.

(8 minutes)

Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was born in Leipzig, Germany. He was a theatre director, conductor and composer who greatly influenced the development of classical music. Most famous for his operas or “music dramas”. He is particularly known for his rich harmonies, orchestrations, complex textures and use of “leitmotif”; a recurring themes or harmonic progression associated with individual characters, places or plot elements. Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, which tells the story of Elsa, a princess in Brabant (Antwerp), who is rescued and wedded by a knight in shining armour,  Lohengrin, knight of the Holy Grail.

(6 minutes)

Chicago Gargoyle Brass

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass Quintet began in 1992 as a chamber group of faculty and students at the University of Chicago, whose campus architecture boasts a charming variety of the ensemble’s namesake—gargoyles! By 2006, the ensemble had transformed itself into a specialized brass and organ concert ensemble.

Today’s Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble is comprised of classically trained musicians, and performs a wide variety of repertoire in an equally diverse range of settings. The group has toured Minnesota, performed major liturgical works, commissioned and recorded exciting new works, given concerts for chapters of the American Guild of Organists. The ensemble has been heard nationwide public radio’s Pipedreams, and is frequently heard on Chicago’s classical station, WFMT Radio.

William C. White

William C. White is a conductor, composer, teacher, writer, and performer based in Seattle, Washington. He currently serves as music director of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, working closely with guest artists, including the legendary Itzhak Perlman. 

Mr. White has a long-standing association with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for whom he has regularly given pre-concert lectures since 2008. 

Flood of Waters: The Story of Noah

Flood of Waters: The Story of Noah, a new work by William C. White, will receive its premiere on May 4 at 7:30 p.m., at the Patrons of Sacred Music Annual Benefit Concert at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago.

A dramatic tone poem for brass, percussion, and organ, Flood of Waters is musical depiction of the story of Noah: the tempest, the calm upon the face of the waters, the dove, the waters receding, and finally, the covenant. The composer will be in attendance to discuss how he created this work and what it means to write biblically-inspired concert music in the 21st century.

Jonathan Rudy

Jonathan Rudy has recently performed in locations across the United States, including an appearance at the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Houston. Rudy appears frequently in performance competitions, recently winning First and Audience Prizes in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. He has also been a finalist in the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, IN, and received Second Prize in the Regional Competition for Young Organists in 2011.

Mr. Rudy is currently completing his Doctorate in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University, studying organ with Janette Fishell and improvisation and sacred music with Bruce Neswick. He is Director of Musical Arts and Administration at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Chicago.

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