DEVOTIONAL SERIES – Sacred Harp Singing

Posted on: July 21st, 2016
September 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Mobile Museum of Art
4850 Museum Dr
Mobile, AL 36608

Devotional Series

This summer the Mobile Museum of Art hosts a free Sunday afternoon series of presentations that focus on the theme of Devotional Music, inspired by Janet Cardiff’s sound sculpture Forty-Part Motet, featuring the music of Thomas Tallis. Traditionally devotional music has been a part of Christian, Hindu, Sufi, Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish music. You are invited to come experience the artistry of local musicians in our Larkins Auditorium, showcasing the unique cultures and traditions along the Gulf Coast.

Following each presentation, feel free to explore the similarities and differences while enjoying the sound installation on the second floor for a $5 entry fee.

Sunday, September 25

Since 1844, Scared Harp books have been published in the United States containing over 500 hymns, odes and anthems using the shape note format. The term Sacred Harp refers to the human voice, and this southern tradition brings communities together to sing four-part harmonies as a living Southern tradition and ongoing practice for generations as a spiritual experience.

The tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose main purpose was to teach beginners to sing. All events welcome beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation required. In fact, Sacred Harp is not affiliated with any denomination, though it is a deeply spiritual experience for all involved and functions as a religious observance for many singers.

Sacred Harp “singings” are not performances. There are no rehearsals and no separate seats for an audience. Every singing is a unique and self-sufficient event with a different group of assembled participants. Visitors are always welcome to sit anywhere in the room and participate as listeners.

This singing includes support from the Pensacola Sacred Harp