When: Mon., May 28, 4 p.m. 2012
The sounds match the scenery. Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery in Moncks Corner on the banks of the Cooper River, and the acoustics in the church always make for a serene concert-going experience. But chances are you'll be dumbfounded by the landscape of the plantation before you even get to the church doors.
Amass the spirit. The Taylor Festival Choir is a local 26-member ensemble of semi-professionals led by Robert Taylor. They'll perform two versions of Mass: the Vaughn Williams Mass in G Minor and Michael McGlynn's Celtic Mass. The Vaughn Williams Mass is a five-movement choral composition that is known as one of the finest unaccompanied performances of the Mass in the 20th century. The more eclectic Celtic Mass has been updated specifically for the Mepkin Abbey performance and is expected to reflect McGlynn's taste for the unconventional. Earlier in the festival, you can head to the abbey for a Memorial Day concert from the Ensemble of St. Clare.
Garden party. Both performances will conclude just in time to catch the sun set on the banks of the Cooper River. In the gardens, they'll be hosting a reception where guests can enjoy light refreshments and jaw-dropping scenery.