TCA-HEB Hall - Theatre – Thu, Oct 19, 2023 - 7:30PM
In the year of 1989 a young Frank Peterson walked contemplatively through the royal monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain. The grounds of the medieval monastery left an indelible mark on his soul. Accompanying Peterson as he walked was the faint sound of modern-day music playing quietly through the headphones of his Walkman. Moved by the stark contrast of these two colliding worlds the initial idea of mixing ancient Gregorian music with modern day hits took hold of Peterson and the rest, as they say, is history.
Peterson initially brought the idea to life for the first time with Michael Cretu with the worldwide sound phenomenon Enigma. The first album MCMXC a.D. appeared in 1990 and quickly became a worldwide success story. MCMXC a.D. was number 1 in 41 different countries and received 57 platinum and 45 gold medals. It is consequently considered the most successful German album of all time.
The success of Enigma prompted Peterson to take a step forward with his initial idea of GREGORIAN. He established GREGORIAN as an independent music act. Their first album “Masters Of Chant” followed Peterson’s previous success with Enigma seamlessly. Over the following years GREGORIAN has sold more than 10 million recordings worldwide with 21 CDs & 9 DVDs, and has achieved gold and platinum status in 24 different countries. So far the Gregorian repertoire consists of almost 300 songs, ranging from classical music to pop standards and contemporary rock tracks of the last 40 years.