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Find serenity for the season in a concert and a 'listening'

Hurly-burly of the holiday season got you down? There is a concert and a "listening'' that may provide respite.

In the past eight years, Florida Pro Musica has gained a grateful following for its annual Gregorian chant concert for Advent in downtown Tampa. Presented as a 50-minute concert and chanted in Latin by a schola of eight men, the Mass for the fourth Sunday of Advent will be at 4 p.m. Sunday (with reception afterward) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 259-9744;

On Tuesday — the day winter begins — there will be a playing of the David Zinman/Dawn Upshaw recording of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

"All we ask is that people enter the church silently, listen in silence and leave in silence,'' said Mike Nashleanas, who organized the event. "The church will be illuminated with many candles and the three windows on the chancel backlit.''

Why the Gorecki symphony, subtitled "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,'' for a seasonal listening?

"While the piece is about a parent who has lost a child in the first and third movements, and a child who has lost her parents in the second movement, the music can take you into the quiet places where we all hold our deepest thoughts and most painful losses,'' Nashleanas said. "I purposely chose this meditative piece as a juxtaposition to human attempts at celebrating numerous festivals in times of little sun. I view this music as a brief stopping point, a resting point, if you will, in a season of frenzy.''

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

Find serenity for the season in a concert and a 'listening' 12/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 3:30am]
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