Members of the St. Charles Singers in performance (photo courtesy of The St. Charles Singers).
The St. Charles Singers will launch its 31st season with choral music by Mozart Saturday, October 4, in the chapel of the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago. An additional concert will be performed October 5 at the choral group’s home in St. Charles, IL. The concert will mark the professional, mixed-voice chamber choir’s first at the historic Lincoln Park venue.
The all-Mozart program will mark the ninth and newest installment of the St. Charles Singers’ ambitious, multiyear Mozart Journey project during which the ensemble will present all of the composer’s sacred choral music.
October’s concert program, titled “Journey’s Lamp Light,” takes its name from the text of one of the pieces on the program, Mozart’s rarely heard Scande coeli limina (Ascend heaven’s thresholds) in C Major, K. 34. A line in the Benedictine poem refers to torchlights illuminating the path to heaven.
“The short, upbeat work is one of many unfamiliar treasures being heard in the course of the St. Charles Singers’ Mozart Journey,” says Jeffrey Hunt, the choir’s founder and artistic director. All-Mozart concert programs are nothing new to Chicagoland, but with the firm establishment of local nich series and projects like Soli Deo Gloria’s Chicago Bach Project, sacred concert programs like these are gaining prominence.
Other works slated for the October 4 program are Mozart’s Missa in C Major, “Credo,” K. 257; Regina coeli (Queen of heaven) in C Major, K. 276; and the unaccompanied Quaerite primum regnum Dei (Seek ye first the kingdom of God) in D Minor, K. 86. The singers will be accompanied by a modest chamber ensemble of oboe, trumpet, strings, timpani, and organ.
For tickets to the October 4 or 5 concerts or for more information, visit www.stcharlessingers.com or call (630) 513-5272.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
St. Charles Singers to Launch New Season with All-Sacred, All-Mozart Program