Choir Performs in Manchester Summer Concert

July 9, 2018

By Nick Fedele '19

The Saint Anselm College Choir (including alumni), Saint Joseph Cathedral Choir, and Diocesan Festival Choir will perform a concert, “Singing a New Song to the Lord: A Celebration of the Divine and the Human Spirit,” on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Manchester, N.H.

The 115 choristers will sing the works of Thompson, Byrd, Stanford, Biebl, Bainton, Gjeilo, Gray, Finzi, Nestor, and Stopford. The music will be an eclectic mix of pieces sung in English or Latin; some will be accompanied, and others sung acapella. The Romantic period will be featured, as well as contemporary works composed within the last four years.

The choir groups were originally slated to perform with the Sistine Chapel Choir (also known as the Pope’s Choir) at the Boch Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, Mass., on July 16, but the first national tour was abruptly cancelled in June.

Not about to let their hard work and dedication go to waste, the groups decided to make alternate plans. Eric Bermani, the Saint Anselm College choir director and director of Liturgical Music, emphasizes the choristers’ hard work and dedication to make this concert a reality.

“I would like the audience to know that the choristers unanimously agreed to proceed ahead with a concert of our own,” he says.

Members of the Saint Anselm Choir have been practicing since March 2018 and several college and choir alumni are returning to the area, including William (Billy) Endicott ’16, who is flying from Florida in order to participate.

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