A chamber choir created from the 32-member Cathedral Choir of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque will perform at 6 pm on Saturday, September 24 at St. James Episcopal Church, Alpine.
The program of choral and solo works includes a Maori welcome song and Dakota Indian chants, the 10th century music of Hildegard von Bingen and the 20th century music of Maurice Durufle as well as Spanish love songs and the greats of spiritual music through the centuries, Thomas Tallis, George Frideric Handel, J. S. Bach and Palestrina.
The chamber choir is directed by Dr. Maxine Thevenot, the director of cathedral music and cathedral organist at St. John’s. In addition to choral works, Thevenot will perform works for organ by 17th century Dutch composer and organist Jan Pieterzsoon Sweelinck and German Baroque great J. S. Bach.
The cathedral choir is recognized as one of the finest choral ensembles in the southwestern United States and has performed widely in the region as well as touring internationally. It is also known for its recordings with Raven CD. An opportunity to donate to the choir for expenses will be included in the event.
The free concert is followed by a reception with the artists. St. James is located at Ave. A and N. 6th St. in Alpine.
The choir will also sing on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock as the cathedral dean, the Very Rev. Mark Goodman, celebrates and preaches at the Holy Eucharist. The community is invited to attend.