The Twin Cities Catholic Chorale is pleased to announce its 45th season in residence at the Church of Saint Agnes in St. Paul. In the next few weeks, the great classical Masses of Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert will be part of the repertoire, all accompanied by professional musicians many of whom play with the Minnesota Orchestra. This is a unique program where the music is sung not in a concert hall, but in a church as the composers intended.
One of the early highlights of our season is Mozart’s Requiem which will be performed for All Souls’ Day, Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. As one of the last Masses attributed to Mozart, it is representative of his finest work even though he did not finish it. Dramatic, moving, powerful and emotional, the Requiem includes all the human reactions to death and judgment. The second movement, Dies Irae is a strong statement of the fires of Hell and the mercy of God.
Under the direction of Dr. Robert L. Peterson, the Chorale sings every Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Latin High Mass from October through Pentecost. All are welcome to attend Mass at this acoustically fine Baroque structure modeled after the Stift Schlagl, a monastery church at Aigen, Upper Austria, which reflects the Austrian and Bavarian origins of St. Agnes’ founding families. In 1955, Monsignor Richard J. Schuler founded the Chorale as it is known today, at the Church of the Nativity in the Highland area of St. Paul. In forty-five years, the Chorale has had only two directors: Monsignor Schuler and Dr. Peterson.