The College of St. Catherine: St. Catherine Choral Society to perform ‘Magnificat’

THE COLLEGE OF ST. CATHERINE

The St. Catherine Choral Society will perform two versions of the Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach and his 21st-century British counterpart, John Rutter, Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 512 S. Albert St., St. Paul.

Music Department Chair Patricia Cahalan Connors will conduct the 85-member group that includes members of the community and St. Kate’s students accompanied by the Choral Society Orchestra.

Featured soloists include St. Kate’s music instructor Kristie Tigges whose performance credits include Theater Latte Da, Quad City Mozart Festival and Cedar Rapids Opera Theater; Angela Keeton, whose performance credits include Minnesota Opera and the Brevard (NC) Music Center; University of Minnesota music doctoral candidate Andrew Barrett and Seth Keeton, whose performance credits include productions at Minnesota Opera, Arizona Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, New York.

The Magnificat, or Song of Mary, is a canticle or hymn taken directly from the Bible.

"The Visitation the Muse Cond, Chantilly, folio 59v" from the illustrated manuscript, Les Trs Riches Heures du duc de Berry.
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“The Visitation the Muse Cond, Chantilly, folio 59v” from the illustrated manuscript, Les Trs Riches Heures du duc de Berry.

The text of the Magnificat is drawn from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46–55) Mary’s song of praise in response to the Angel’s announcement of the impending birth of Jesus. Rutter’s composition includes additional carols sung in English.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (18 and under) or $30 per family.

For more information visit the College of St. Catherine’s Music Department website.

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