Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 @ 6:00:pm
Commissioned by Texas State University, Stations of Mychal is a song cycle for tenor, viola, and piano on the life, ministry, and death of the “Saint of 9/11” Father (Fr.) Mychal Judge. Fr. Mychal was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest serving as fire chaplain for the Fire Department of New York City on September 11, 2001. On September 11, he was the first certified fatality of the attacks on the Twin Towers. Before his tragic death, Fr. Mychal worked in New York City ministering to the homeless, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community, being recognized with statues, in songs, awards, and even film for his efforts. This commissioned project commemorates Fr. Mychal’s courage with 14 songs composed by Kevin D. Salfen, ranging from Irish tunes to flowing lyrical numbers performed by Rick Novak (tenor); Ames Asbell (viola); and Joey Martin (piano), directed by Rick Davis, Dean of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and Executive Director of the Hylton Center. The project will be presented in a warm-up performance at the Hylton Center on and around the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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