2013-2014 Concert Season

Autumn Canticle
October 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
301 N. 7th Street
St. Joseph, MO

Founding Artistic Director Frank D. Thomas returns to conduct the 2013-2014 season. This first concert takes place in the beautiful sanctuary at the First Presbyterian Church and will open with songs sung by the St. Joseph Chamber Choir. They will perform works by Belmont, Clausen, Berger, Diemer and Lennon & McCartney. The full chorus will perform selections from John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme and anthems both a cappella and accompanied by organ. The concert will conclude with Gilbert Martin’s beautiful setting of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Dr. Ruth Krusemark from Benedictine College will be the guest organist.

Christmas at the Cathedral
December 8, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
December 9, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral of St. Joseph
519 N. 10th Street
St. Joseph, MO

Members of the St. Joseph Community Chorus anticipate the annual Christmas at the Cathedral Concerts as eagerly as our audience. The beauty of the Cathedral of St. Joseph and the sparkle of the beautiful holiday music combine in a way that has made this concert a holiday favorite. Joining the Chorus this year will be the Paxton Singers, a Platte City Chorus of fifth and sixth grade singers directed by Jennifer Stammers, SJCC Assistant Director. This outstanding group performed recently at the Missouri Music Educators Conference.

A German Requiem
by Johannes Brahms

May 4, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Cathedral of St. Joseph
519 N. 10th Street
St. Joseph, MO

Masterworks are a favorite of St. Joseph audiences. The German Requiem was completed by Brahms in 1866. Two tragic events within a space of nine years spurred the writing of this work: the death of Robert Schumann in 1856 and the death of his mother in 1865. Brahms compiled the libretto himself from the Luther Bible, choosing texts that offer hope and security for the faithful and comfort during times of loss. Dr. Rico McNeela, Artistic Director of the St. Joseph Symphony, will conduct the chorus and orchestra in the performance of this beautiful work.
Soloists [in order of appearance]:
Daniel Belcher, Baritone
Lynn Spurgat, Soprano

Songs of Love & Springtime
with Missouri Western Chamber Choir,
directed by Dr. Roger Hale, joining the St. Joseph Chamber Choir
Fulkerson Center Missouri Western State University
Friday, March 7, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.

2013-2014 Concert Season

Allied Arts Council
Missouri Western State University Department of Music
Missouri Arts Council
St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of St. Joseph.
Financial assistance for this program is provided by the Arts Fund of the Allied Arts Council and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, Missouri Western State University Department of Music, the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of St. Joseph.