BRIDGEPORT—The Diocesan Youth Choir will “Lift Every Voice” in its upcoming Spring Concert set for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, at 4:00 pm in St. Augustine Cathedral.
The concert, open free of charge to the public, will follow the annual Divine Mercy Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. The Mass will begin at 2:30 pm.
The 75-member choir, under the direction of Mary Higgins of Wilton, includes young people throughout the diocese, and was formed out of the energy of the synod.
“This is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for the support of parents, sponsors and all those who have attended our performances,” said Higgins.
The 50-minute performance will feature the music of composers John Rutter, Mozart and Caccini, along with three contemporary Church classics: “On Eagle’s Wings” by Michael Joncas, “Here I am Lord” by Dan Schutte and “You are Mine” by David Haas.
Among other pieces, the choir will also perform “When you Believe” composed by Steven Schwartz for the Prince of Egypt movie. The final song will invite audience participation for the singing of “Lift High the Cross.”
The program will incorporate the choir’s successful formula of including brief seasonal and scriptural readings between songs during the performance, Higgins said.
“So many of the choir members are enthusiastic about their faith. I am amazed and inspired by these young people who really embrace and love their faith and share it with others by singing in the choir. I watch how their spirit rubs off on other young people. Through their singing, they share their joy and kindness.”
The choir features students in grades 7 through 12, and is open to all young people of all faiths. Higgins said she is very interested in hearing from young Catholics in the public schools who would like to join.
(Auditions for new choir members will be held this summer at locations throughout the diocese. Register at c4ysings.com)