Cathedral Concerts kicks off 25th season

The English boy choir, Libera, will perform Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to open the 25th season of the Cathedral Concerts.

After ending last season on a high note with a world-renowned performer, Cathedral Concerts is picking up right where it left off with more world-renowned performers to kick off its 25th season.

The English boys choir, Libera, will open the 12-concert series on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It'll be Libera's third appearance here but first since 2011. The 24th season concluded in May with a bonus concert by Franciscan Friar Allesandro Brustenghi three weeks after the original season-ending show.

‘One Voice, One Lord’ fills church with song, unity

Sts. Teresa and Bridget choir member, Joyce Mason-Williams led the performance of a hymn entitled "He Blessed my Soul."  A concert for peace and unity entitled "One Voice, One Lord" was performed at Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish on North Grand.  The concert featured the choir from the Parish and choirs from St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Augustine, St. Raymond and The Voiced of Praise choir.

The music that filled Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church on July 24 moved people to stand, raise their arms, clap and sway.

It was a display of unity as people came together to hear joyous praise to God sung by choirs from the host parish in north St. Louis, St. Margaret of Scotland in south St. Louis, St. Augustine in north St. Louis, St. Raymond (Maronite) Parish in Downtown St. Louis and the Seventh Day Adventists' The Voices of Praise. Eugene Thomas, Sts. Teresa and Bridget music director, had a solo performance of his song, "Lord Be a Fence."

Combined Christian Choir fosters unity within Washington community

Choir Director, Paige Byrne Shortal conducted during the Combined Christian Choir Concert at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Washington, MO on Sunday, June 26.  The concert also marked the retirement of Paige Byrne Shortal as Director, and introduction of Katie Quint Alexander as the new Director.

Twenty years of directing the Combined Christian Choir of Washington has boosted Paige Byrne Shortal's appreciation for the unifying power of music.

"The music is a vehicle," she said. "My passion is the unity that happens when a crowd comes together and makes music and makes community."

Borgia choir brings Stations of Cross to life with devotional CD

Cover image of "The Way of the Cross: A Concert Prayer of the Stations of the Cross," features 16 songs by the 50-member choir at St. Francis Borgia Church.

Paige Byrne Shortal went through a difficult period in the late 1980s. In her pain, she turned to the Stations of the Cross.

What came of that experience was a series of reflections, which are included in a CD released this Lent by the St. Francis Borgia Choir in Washington.

"The Way of the Cross: A Concert Prayer of the Stations of the Cross," features 16 songs (14 stations and an opening and closing song) by the 50-member choir, recorded last July at St. Francis Borgia Church. Two narrators present the reflections before each song.

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