American choristers join Festival singers at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Worcester Chorus website

The Worcester Chorus will perform at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on August 18 and 21 as part of the International Chamber Organ and Choral Festival. 

Members of the Worcester Chorus, one of the oldest ongoing choral groups in the United States, will make their first musical visit to Canada, performing Mozart’s Requiem on Thursday, August 18, at 12:30 p.m. as part of the Midi en Musique summer concert series at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City.

The choristers from Worcester, Massachusetts, will also sing movements from the Requiem during Holy Trinity's worship service on August 21 at 11.m. worship service. At 3:00 p.m., they will join the singers, soloists and musicians in the concluding concert of the third annual International Chamber Organ and Choral Festival. 

Established in 1858, the Worcester Chorus includes over 100 amateur and professional singers from the Worcester area in Central Massachusetts, northern Connecticut and the Boston area. The group has performed with the Hartford Symphony, the American Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and the Prague Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The Chorus has also performed on tour in Budapest, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Lausanne, Split, Mexico City and Oaxaca.

Christopher Shepard, artistic director and conductor of the Worcester Chorus since 2009, has long been associated with the choral music of Johann Sebastian Bach, having founded the Sydneian Bach Choir in Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD in Musicology from the University of Sydney based on his research of the 20th-century North American performance history of Bach’s B Minor Mass. Dr. Shepard holds degrees from the Hartt School and the Yale School of Music. He also directs the Masterworks at Chorus of Morristown, New Jersey. Nine members of this group are taking part in the Quebec visit.

Some 70 members of the Worcester Chorus will spend four days in Quebec City, sampling the historic, scenic and culinary attractions of one of North America’s oldest cities, founded in 1608.