William Dwyer, tenor
Sunday, April 27
230 S. Laflin St.
$25 per person
Tenor, William Dwyer, makes his first appearance at Chiesa Nuova for an afternoon of music from opera and musical theater. William has performed around the U.S. with many opera companies including Chicago Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera and Central City Opera.
PLEASE NOTE: The performance featuring Filip Duda for Sunday, April 6 has been cancelled.
Who and What is New at Chiesa Nuova?
Take a look at our new series and meet artist who will perform with us for the first time. They bring new energy, talent, and passion for their work, and it's a joy to present them to you!
Iván Resendiz is a classical guitarist from Mexico, Filip Duda and William Dwyer are vocalists at various stages in their artistic lives. We also welcome Ballet Folklorico Xochiti, a children's dance troupe for our first ever Cinco de Mayo celebration. Fr. Bob also presents reflections about St. Francis and Lent to invite you into a more prayerful experience during the forty days of Lent 2014.
The performance space that is Chiesa Nuova has been renewed by new flooring, fresh paint, and roof repairs. These improvements were made possible by the gift of a generous donor and an investment by the building's owner. Chiesa Nuova's performance space not only looks refreshed but also offers a whole new accoustical experience for both artist and audience.
Fr. Bob has been writing new music for a film about creation that will be recorded by our good friends in Italy, I Solisti di Perugia, in July. He can also be found around metro Chicago working in various parishes, doing work for the Franciscans, at the Archdiocesan Office of Divine Worship, and as a familiar Franciscan presence among the people of Ascension Parish in Oak Park.
The Board of Directors has been working diligently on developing a new direction for Chiesa Nuova; to expand our Franciscan presence to include both the arts and spiritual development. The arts are avenues to the Divine and it is a gift to walk with others in their search for God and this new mission would be a concrete way to combine both within one ministry. We ask for your sincere prayer for us as we discern what God is asking of us and how we can bring such a dynamic combination into reality.
We invite you to experience Chiesa Nuova for one or more of our events in the coming months to witness God's beauty and love through the performing arts in a Franciscan atmosphere of hospitality, openness, and peace.
Once Again: Lent
Lent has a most complicated history in Christianity. It’s almost a disservice to liturgical research to condense two millennia into a couple of paragraphs, but I shall try. Lent as a period of fasting is known to have already come into being as a two day preparation for Easter in the 2rd century and was extended to a week by the 3rd century. The Council of Nicaea in 325 formulated our creedal statements about the nature of Christ, early Church law, a uniform way to date Easter and other critical elements of our Church’s life. There is evidence that the Great 40 Days of Lent was obvious and known to all at that Council. Read more...