Singing to shadows

Jesuit High School will be celebrating their second annual Tenebrae concert, started by Chamber Singer’s Conductor Mr. Rex Rallanka, on March 31 and April 1.

Tenebrae, performed last year at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California, will be performed at Jesuit’s very own Chapel of the North American Martyrs.

“I was inspired to bring this to Jesuit High School because we had a Tenebrae service at Notre Dame [University] which packed a chapel, seating 1,100 people, [that began] on Holy Thursday and ended on Good Friday,” said Mr. Rallanka.

This service is similar to Lessons and Carols in that there will be scripture readings with song meditation, performed by Chamber Singers. The readings will be presented by Ms. Charlene Charles, Fr.  Charles Olsen, S.J., senior Kencell Nixon, Mr. Dave Bischoff ’79, and freshman Peter Sutarjo.

The construction of the new chapel offers the ability to bring performances closer to home.

“I think it’s really cool to have the opportunity to do it in the chapel. I think it will be a great improvement to the sound of our singers,” said senior returning Chamber Singer Anthony Fernandez.

The chapel was built to amplify the acoustics of the music sung. This amplification will add to the meditation of the songs along with the clear sounds of the reading of the scriptures.

Being the second performance of Tenebrae, there is some new blood being put into the choir along with some veteran singers.

“Having just joined chamber, I’m super excited to be a part of the choir and have the opportunity to sing at Tenebrae. The music is really good and the guys are great,” said first time Chamber Singer Charlie Lawver.

“The end of the service is haunting and thrilling,” said Mr. Rallanka.

Be sure not to miss this experience and register to attend the performance. The March 31 performance registration is closed, so be sure to register for the Wednesday performance at