Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul presents a season of concerts highlighting Philadelphia’s rich choral tradition alongside inspiring ensembles from around the world at the historic cathedral.

On Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m., conductor James Jordan and the Westminster Williamson Voices present “Pärt the Mystic,” a stunning work by renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

The composer was captivated and inspired by the text of an early Orthodox hymn, the “Canon of Repentance to Our Lord Jesus Christ,” and the creative process for this evening-length work spanned two years of the composer’s life.

According to Pärt, “The ‘time we spent together’ was extremely enriching. That may explain why this music means so much to me.”

The evening offers an immersive exploration of the singular voice of this preeminent contemporary choral composer, led by one of the most prominent and published authorities in the current choral field.

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Other upcoming concerts in the series through next spring include:

Christmas at the Cathedral Basilica, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
The Tallis Scholars: Venetian Voices, Feb. 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
CAPA Choir: The Beauties of American Choral, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Vox Luminis: Vintage 1685, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Choir of Trinity Wall Street & Trinity Baroque Orchestra: Monteverdi Masterpiece, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul is located at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.