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In the Pursuit of That Perfection

A new piece by Carol Barnett will be premiered this weekend! Commissioned for Choral Arts by Noel and Ann Peterson in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, the text is from a letter written by St. Clare of Assisi and encourages us to "go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly". And, it's the piece Sarah is most excited about!

In the Pursuit of that Perfection

A new piece by Carol Barnett will be premiered this weekend! Commissioned for Choral Arts by Noel and Ann Peterson in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, the text is from a letter written by St. Clare of Assisi and encourages us to "go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly". And, it's the piece Sarah is most excited about!

Dr. Will Mayo's first assistant

Sister Mary Joseph Dempsey, born Julia Dempsey in Salamanca, NY, in 1856, was a formidable woman. Given “on the job” training, she displayed superlative technical skill and judgment in surgery and was for many years, Dr. Will Mayo’s first assistant, preferred over all others, including physicians. Often as Will paused to explain a procedure to the observing guest physicians, Sister Joseph would continue the operation. If that weren’t enough, she served as administrator for Saint Marys Hospital from 1892 until her death in 1939, overseeing staggering growth and diversification. In our Oct. 26 & 27th concerts to honor the Sisters of Saint Francis we celebrate her story and many others. Sin

Abendlied for Mother Alfred Moes

In Giving We Receive, our concert to honor the Sisters of Saint Francis, will include a piece to celebrate the visionary founder, Mother Alfred Moes, who proposed building a hospital after the 1883 tornado, convinced the Mayo surgeons to staff it, raised the money, and opened St Marys on September 30, 1889. Choral Arts Ensemble will sing Joseph Rheinberger’s gorgeous six-part motet, Abendlied, since at the same time Mother Alfred, then young Maria Catherine Moes, was deciding to leave a comfortable life in Europe to follow a call to America, Rheinberger, writing near her birthplace, was creating this setting of the words spoken to Jesus by the travelers on the road to Emmaus: Stay with us, f

Not the traditional sacred choral works!

Yes, there's a Gregorian Chant and some Brahms - but also pieces that will get your toes tapping and which speak directly to the inspirational and evolving work of the Rochester Sisters of St. Francis.

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