Briar Cliff presents Passion music event

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Briar Cliff University Singers will present “Passion” at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Our Lady of Grace Chapel on campus.

The event will feature a variety of music and worship selections, including dramatic readings, excerpts fromPergolesi’s Stabat Mater accompanied by a professional string quintet, as well as unaccompanied motets and Gregorian chant.

“This program is much more than a concert,” said Dr. Sean Burton, division chair of arts and humanities at BCU. “It is a genuine depiction of Mary’s reaction to the crucifixion of Christ,” explained Dr. Burton, who also is assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Briar Cliff.

This is a free public event. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,150 students from 29 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit