The San Diego Master Chorale along with St. Paul's Cathedral Chorus, St. Cecilia Choir, and the Cathedral Choristers gave a concert of sacred choral music to a capacity audience at St. Paul's Cathedral.

The concert was spiritedly given from the first note of the trombone to the last choral “Amen.” Vaughan Williams's brassily inspiring “O Clap Your Hands” set up Burgon's angelic “Nunc Dimittis” before the choirs split up and sang from opposite ends of the hall to give Langlais's “Missa Salve Regina” a haunting effect. Ramirez's “Gloria from Missa Criolla” lightened the mood with its Spanish flare. After Martin's “Credo,” the hypnotic rendition of Barber's “Agnus Dei” (set to his famous Adagio for Strings) ended the first half.

The action-packed second half contained the fascinating instrumental duel (Dupre's “Poeme Heroique”) between Marin Green at the organ and the brass ensemble before giving way to Brahms's soul-salving “Ave Maria.” Desenclos's “Salve Regina” followed before all the choirs returned to the front stage for Paul Halley's arrangement of “Wondrous Love.”

The concert was dedicated to the memory of the master chorale's late member Harriet Peckenpaugh.

  • Concert: Cathedral Classics
  • Show date: March 20
  • Venue: St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Seats: general admission

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