TRUMBULL—The Diocesan Youth Choir performed a beautiful Spring Concert: “Lift Every Voice” in front of a full St. Theresa Parish on Sunday, April 29th.
From the first notes of “He is Exalted,” to the ending chords of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” the crowd of nearly 1,000 people sat transfixed, captivated by the stirring and at oftentimes emotional performance of the 80-member choir.
“This is the face of the Church being reborn in front of our very eyes,” exclaimed Bishop Frank Caggiano, as he extolled the choir. The concert then concluded with thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the audience.
Many of those in the audience were celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries at the Wedding Jubilee Mass celebrated before the concert.
The concert, open free of charge to the public, followed the annual Wedding Jubilee Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
“This was our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for the support of parents, sponsors and all those who have attended our performance. It was also our gift to those celebrating major wedding anniversaries. It was a joy to sing for these married couples, who have blessed us with the example of their fidelity and witness to each other” said Higgins.
The 50-minute performance featured breathtaking arrangements of: “We Are Called” by David Haas, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” by Lloyd Larson and “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin.
There was not a dry eye in the house after the choir’s rendition of Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone).
The choir also performed returning favorite: “When You Believe” composed by Steven Schwartz for the Prince of Egypt movie.
“I am so very blessed to work with these young people,” Higgins said, “God has graced our choir with joyful and faithful young men and women and working with them each day during rehearsals fills me with hope!”
The choir features students in grades 7 through 12 and is open to all young people of all faiths. Auditions for the 2018-2018 season will take place during the week of June 10th. For more information, please go to c4ysings.com.