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Concert Title: 
Mass in C, Op. 169 by Josef Rheinberger
Date and Time of Concert: 
Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 10:00am
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Concert Type: 
Choral Mass with Orchestration
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The Twin Cities Catholic Chorale will present Josef Rheinberger's Mass in C, Op. 169 at the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul on Sunday May 9 at 10 a.m. The Chorale has been presenting full seasons (October through June with the exception of Advent and Lent) during the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Agnes for 36 years. The Chorale is composed of professional soloists and instrumentalists and a trained volunteer choir.

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Mass in C (Opus 169) by Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Rheinberger is primarily known as an organist, composer and professor from Munich.  In 1877 Rheinberger obtained the rank of court conductor, a position that gave him responsibility for the music in the royal chapel. He was later awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. During his lifetime, he composed over twenty Masses. One reviewer described Rheinberger’s style of church music as “romantically sumptuous yet classically refined.” His overriding criterion was beauty: “Music that does not sound beautiful has no attraction for me.” It didn’t bother him that his compositions broke no new musical ground, and he resisted the Cecilian Movement’s efforts to return church music to the “purity” of plainchant and Renaissance polyphony. (The Cecilian Movement was founded in 1868 in response to the near-disappearance of these traditional forms in Catholic worship.)

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