The Twin Cities Catholic Chorale begins its 45th season of singing orchestral Masses at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Church of St. Agnes, 548 Lafond Ave., St. Paul. The chorale, directed by Dr. Robert L. Peterson, is made up of volunteers from all over the metro and is accompanied by professional orchestral musicians.
The late Monsignor Richard J. Schuler founded the chorale in 1956. After a 1974 pilgrimage to sing in Salzburg, Austria, Schuler decided to transform the chorale from a concert choir to a choir accompanied by an orchestra. The first orchestral Mass was sung on Oct. 20, 1974, almost exactly 45 years to the date to the start of its 2018-19 season.