Notre Dame Campus Ministry to host Mozart festival at conclusion of Year of Faith

by Kate Morgan

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The University of Notre Dame Office of Campus Ministry will host a special musical celebration at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 (Friday) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to honor the conclusion of the worldwide Year of Faith. The Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir and Women’s Liturgical Choir will each perform an individual piece of sacred music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart before coming together to sing the Mozart Coronation Mass with orchestra.

“This Year of Faith has been an opportunity for us to focus our faith and deepen our relationships with Jesus Christ,” said Rev. James King, C.S.C., director of Campus Ministry. “Specifically, the Year of Faith served as a call for us to pray harder, listen more intently and live with hearts open to God. This concert is an opportunity for us to celebrate our faith and acknowledge our relationships with Christ and the Church.”

The Year of Faith began on Oct. 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and will end on Nov. 24 (Sunday), which coincides with the Solemnity of Christ the King and the end of the Church year.

The Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir and Women’s Liturgical Choir are all housed within Campus Ministry. The Liturgical Choir, under the direction of Andrew McShane, provides music for the Sunday 10 a.m. Masses in the Basilica and for Sunday Vespers. It also provides musical leadership at a variety of University liturgies at Notre Dame.

Under the direction of Steve Warner, the Folk Choir provides music for the Sunday 11:45 a.m. Mass in the Basilica and for many University events. This ensemble is composed of 60 musicians who use four-part vocal harmony accompanied by strings, flute, guitar, harp, organ, conga and bodhran (Irish drum).

The Women’s Liturgical Choir, under the direction of Daniel Bayless, provides music for the Saturday 5 p.m. Vigil Liturgy in the Basilica and can be heard at other special University liturgies. For more information about the Basilica Choirs, please visit campusministry.nd.edu.