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On Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m., the beautiful worship space of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will be filled with the ethereal sounds of the John Brown University Cathedral Choir.
The choir will be winding up their spring concert tour that is currently taking them through New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas before they return to the Ozarks of Siloam Springs, Ark., where they will perform their final concert. A $10 per person donation will be requested at the door, though not required for entry.
The Cathedral Choir, made up of 52 talented students, will perform pieces ranging from the 18th Century to newly composed choral compositions. Audiences will hear many different styles of music including Mendelssohn’s eight part a capella work “Ehre Sei Gott,” a highly popular composition by Z. Randall Stroope and a foot-tapping spiritual, “I Can Tell the World,” by Moses Hogan. Professor Paul Smith, the longtime conductor of the Cathedral choir, returns to the podium after a year of sabbatical and is refreshed and excited to once again present this very special concert to all lovers of choral music.
The choir has toured extensively all over the United States and in Northern Ireland. In addition to annual tours, the choir is featured in the annual Candlelight Service at JBU each December. In 2011, the Cathedral Choir recorded a CD in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the famed St. Mark’s Cathedral, home church of C. S. Lewis. The CD will be on sale at each of the choir’s appearances.
John Brown University is a private Christian university.
“Having the opportunity to hear this talented group of students is an exceptional opportunity for us at St. Patrick’s and for our community. They are truly a highly trained and musically exquisite choral ensemble,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We were delighted to receive their request to sing at St. Patrick’s and feel honored by their visit. I think this will be an extraordinary experience for all of us who love beautiful choral music.”
“We want to seat as many as we legally can, but the space is limited,” says Fr. Doug. “We recommend that people come at least a half hour early to make sure they get a seat. We anticipate a full house for this concert.”
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information, call 731-5801.