MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE SAINT JOHN'S BIBLE
The Saint John’s Bible is a modern day illuminated bible intended “to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world”.
The Diocese of Hamilton now has all 7 volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share this work of art with our diocesan community and to celebrate with song!
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The choirs of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King (Hamilton), under the direction of Rob Corso, and the choirs of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate (Guelph), under the direction of Joe Carere, provide music on Sundays, Solemnities and at other special and solemn liturgical celebrations at their respective parish churches.
They have an ongoing collaborative relationship, combining forces for a tour of Austria and the recent celebration of Papal Honors.
The Diocesan Choir was formed in 1982 by Msgr. Murray J. Kroetsch, then Director of the Liturgy Office. The intent was to have choir members from various parts of the diocese come together to rehearse and then lead the singing at Diocesan Liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. In 1991, the choir added an Advent Hymn Festival, taking this event to various parishes in the diocese. The first choir director was Sr. Mary Ambrose, CSJ, followed by Joyce Knarr. Sharon Fazari is presently the choir director and choir members represent more than twenty-five parishes in the diocese.
The Diocesan Choir provides music for the annual celebrations of the Rite of Election, Chrism Mass, Mass with New Catholics and Priesthood Ordination and the Ordination of Permanent Deacons. They also lead an Advent Hymn festival each year.
The Diocesan Choir has sung for every public reception of The Saint John’s Bible in the Diocese of Hamilton. The members have significantly engaged with The Saint John’s Bible and its illuminations leading up to and following upon the reception events. Under the direction of Sharon Fazari they will reprise selections from previous public reception events.
The Grand Philharmonic Choir traces its roots back to the 19th century, when Kitchener was named Berlin. A defining feature of local life was the singing festival (sängerfest) that attracted thousands of people; this has formed a lasting foundation of appreciation for choral music.
The choir has operated continuously since 1922. They are now four choirs in one organization: a large symphonic adult chorus, a smaller chamber choir drawn from the ranks of that chorus, a youth choir comprised of singers aged 14 to 23, and a children’s choir for young singers from age 7 to 14.
They produce, perform, and share choral music in and around Waterloo Region. Their offerings range from a formal concert series with professional orchestra and world-class soloists to free, open sing-along opportunities for the public.
Under the artistic direction of Mark Vuorinen, the Grand Philharmonic Choir collaborated with Saint Jerome’s University and the Diocese of Hamilton for the December 2017 performance of Messiah with illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible at Kitchener’s Centre in the Square. We are delighted to partner with them again for this event as they present Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
at 7 o'clock in the evening
FREE! No tickets, general admission; first come, first seated.
Opportunity to see The Saint John's Bible up close and personal.