"In times of crisis and peril, we have but the reliance of faith,” said Vivian Fung, the composer, “…from the profound faith in humanity, faith in love, and faith that we will persevere and get through this with dignity, to the mundane faith that I would complete the piece within the extraordinary conditions that faced me, with a young child at home 24/7, a bronchial infection, and a very tight timeline (ultimately, a matter of days) to complete the piece in a manner feasible for COVID remote performance requirements."
That faith resulted in Prayer, based on a chant by Hildegard von Bingen. "Under no other circumstances ... have I worn my heart on my sleeve as transparently as I have with this piece," Fung reflects.
It's performed by 36 individuals in multiple locales — see the full roster, below — and united in a virtual performance that has been produced and edited by CBC Music's Francesco Guidoccio and Doug Doctor.
"Imagining the sounds and the people around me, conducting in front of a video camera, but imagining everyone in front of me — that was something very special," conductor Nézet-Séguin told CBC.
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.