These nuns have got talent
Two convent choirs battle for top US chart spot
August 19, 2013
It's not exactly the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones, but just as those two bands shook up the pop charts nearly a half-century ago, two convents' CDs are vying for a spot atop the Billboard classical music charts.
The defending champion, for 13 weeks straight, is "Angels and Saints at Ephesus," performed by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a cloistered convent in Missouri. Their streak marks the first time since 2006 that a CD has stayed at the top of Billboard magazine's classical traditional music chart.
So far, it has kept its competition at arms' length, including a new CD by Andrea Bocelli and soundtracks based on the TV miniseries "Downton Abbey" and the fiction best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey."
But now comes the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., whose first CD, "Mater Eucharistae," was released Aug. 13. This isn't the Dominican convent's first brush with the mass media. Members of the order made it to the finals in the latest season of "American Bible Challenge."
Source: Catholic News Service
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