A concert dedicated to all mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers, foster mothers, and all those who have been a maternal influence in our life will be held on Friday, May 10 at 8:00pm at St. Rose of Lima Church on Merrick Road in Massapequa. The concert will feature both the 100 voice Diocesan Choir of Rockville Centre, and the St. Rose of Lima Parish Choir, along with soloists and orchestra. The concert will be directed by Michael Wustrow and John Buckel. In addition to music in honor of the Blessed Mother, the featured work will be the St. Cecilia Mass of Charles Gounod.
Also known as the Messe Solennelle, the Mass dedicated to St. Cecilia is one of several Masses written by Gounod, who is also known for his many secular operas. This setting is very operatic in nature, capturing the texts of the Mass and presenting them with soloists, a full orchestra, and a large choir. The piety and sentiment are at times very subtle and other times overwhelming, but always related to the texts being sung.
The concert will also feature the two choirs divided antiphonally in the church, and will have several pieces dedicated to the Blessed Mother, including the famous Ave Maria of Franz Biebl.
Suggested ticket donation is $15 ($10 for students/seniors). A “Women of Faith” Honor Roll is also being created (living or deceased) and additional information may be requested at the time of ticket purchase. To obtain tickets and information about the “Women of Faith” Honor Roll, please contact the Diocesan Office of Worship at 516.678.5800 x504. or St. Rose of Lima Church at 516.798.4992 x240