Spring Concert Features World Premiere of Composition “The Mending”

Villa Maria’s virtual annual spring concert on Thursday, April 29 featured the world premiere of a musical piece written by Dr. Anthony Mosakowski, Chair of Villa’s Fine Arts Department, and performed by Villa’s orchestra and chorus.

“The piece is called “The Mending,” which is also the title of the poem whose words I used,” Dr. Mosakowski said. “It is by Mother Mary Francis, a Poor Clare sister from New Mexico who wrote many poems. The message of the words is basically that love can heal all wounds, and the greatest love is God. I hope that our audience will appreciate hearing and viewing the performance. I can tell you that the chorus seems to really like singing it.”

Dr. Mosakowski composed the piece for performance in last year’s spring concert, but the pandemic prevented that. He made revisions this past summer, and, thanks to Villa’s ability to rehearse together in person all year, The Mending it is ready for its world premiere.

The concert will also feature performances by all of Villa Maria’s musical ensembles: Concert Chorus, Handbell Choir, Madrigal Singers, Orchestra, and String Ensemble.

The annual Art Show, presented on video this year, highlights the broad range of artwork from Villa’s many art students. Work being shown includes AP and Honors Art, Studio 1 and 2, Ceramics 1 and 2, Graphic Design, Watercolor, and Mixed Media.

“The Mending”

A Sunday-poem by Mother Mary Francis:

The Mending

There is no shattering love cannot mend,
No shards its gentle hands shall not make whole.
Healing, its glances brush like wings across
The deepest rawness of the heart, and leave
At last, at last no trace of briney woe.

What though we walked in ruins of a dream,
What though our tears had faded out the rose
And gold of what was once a splendid bond?
There is no shattering love cannot mend,
No shards its gentle hands shall not make whole.

Sweet is the love that never knew a wound,
But deeper that which died and rose again.