The songs heard on this recording span nine centuries of musical tradition, from the soaring plain chant of Hildegard von Bingen to the 20th century harmonic resonance of Zoltan Kodaly. Trinitas invites the listener to be transported through a musical meditation on the seasons.
Founded in 2001, Trinitas is dedicated to the performance of spiritually charged a cappella music spanning the medieval period through the present day. They have been featured at the Washington National Cathedral, FirstNight Annpolis, and numerous local concerts. Their first CD "Songs of the Labyrinth" released in 2002 was received to broad critical acclaim.
Soprano Kate Caldwell serves as cantor and soloist at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, MD, with a M. M. degree from Catholic University. She enjoys performing a wide range of musical genres from folk to classical, and works as a fundraising consultant for charitable organizations. Jane Elkin, a classically trained soprano, is a frequent soloist at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and a member of its professional resident ensemble. She also works as an elementary school music and French teacher. Carolyn Sonnen, a music therapist, teacher, and flutist, holds a B. M. from the University of Miami and a M.M. from Catholic University. She presents numerous retreats and workshops on music, healing and spirituality.
On the cover is the Calais Labyrinth design, similar to one of the many labyrinth designs found in numerous cultures and civilizations around the world. During the 12th - 13th centuries Christians adapted these patterns from the Romans as a feature in many medieval cathedrals. Pilgrims walked the labyrinth as a symbol of the soul's path through life or to symbolize the journey to Jerusalem.