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St. Catherine Choral Society in concert November 15

The Choral Society begins its 23rd season performing works from Handel, Brahms and Pierce.
The Choral Society begins its 23rd season performing works from Handel, Brahms and Pierce.
Photo by Hilary Stein ’14

The St. Catherine Choral Society begins its 23rd performance season on Sunday, November 15 at 3 p.m. in The O’Shaughnessy at St. Kate’s.

The 75-voice choir will perform works from three different composers of three different eras. The concert begins with Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, a work that calls to mind the energy and sound of the Messiah, but in a smaller “package.” Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder (Lovesong Waltzes), Op. 65, with their soaring melodies and lush harmonies, follow. The program concludes with “Hosanna” from Brent Pierce’s Jazz Fragments.

An orchestra of professional musicians, a jazz combo, two pianists and soloists Kristie Tigges, KrisAnne Weiss, Richard Joseph and Michael Schmidt, will collaborate. St. Kate's Professor Patricia Cahalan Connors conducts.

General admission tickets are available through The O’Shaugnessy Box Office, 651-690-6700, online at oshag.stkate.edu, or at the door. Cost is $10 for adults ($5 for students and St. Kate’s alumnae; free with a St. Kate’s ID).

Connors founded the St. Catherine Choral Society in 1993 to give her students a mixed choir in which to hone their vocal chops and give other members of the St. Kate's community — including faculty, staff and alumnae — an opportunity to participate in high-quality performances of choral masterworks.

The Choral Society performs a concert each fall and spring with professional musicians who play with the likes of the Minnesota Orchestra or the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Connors, the University’s director of choral activities, handpicks each member. Auditions are held in August and January.

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Nov. 4, 2015 by Sharon Rolenc

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