Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chorus to Perform for Arts at the Cathedral

OWENSBORO, KY –  The Owensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chorus will return to St. Stephen Cathedral for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018 for a 4:00 p.m. performance. The performance, under the direction of the Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor, Troy Quinn is offered to the community as part St. Stephen Arts at the Cathedral Series.

“It is always a delight having the Owensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chorus here at St. Stephen Cathedral,” said Father Jerry Riney, Rector of St. Stephen Cathedral. “During this season of Lent, the people of the entire community are welcome to come and be inspired by the beautiful voices and music filling our sacred space.”

“Since the Middle Ages, Catholic Cathedrals have been recognized as cultural centers.  Clearly the first and primary meaning for a cathedral is that it be a place of excellent worship and praise.  As a gathering place for the people of God, any cathedral must also be a place people turn to in need – spiritual, physical and emotional need. Cathedrals are a place where the Church’s charity is manifest,”  said Bishop William F. Medley, Diocese of Owensboro. “As a cultural center, a cathedral can lift human spirits and feed human souls. Therefore, it should be a place within the community to showcase the musical and physical arts. We are always proud to have Owensboro’s Symphony play a part in our Arts at the Cathedral series.”



Works to be performed by the Chamber Orchestra include Handel’s Alla Hornpipe from Water Music, Suite No. 2, Hovhaness’s Prayer of St. Gregory, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, mvt. 1, 2, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 88, mvt 4. Larry Powell, Principal Trumpet, will play a solo on Prayer of St. Gregory. The Symphony Chorus will join the Chamber Orchestra and perform Dies irae from Mozart’s Requiem and Lauridsen’s Sure On This Shining Night. 



Celebrating its 45th Anniversary during the 2017-18 season, the Owensboro Symphony Chorus is a group of approximately 80 students, college faculty and members of the community. The ensemble is under the direction of Dennis Jewett, Kentucky Wesleyan College Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music. The Symphony Chorus is an all-volunteer ensemble that meets once a week and generally performs at least once each academic semester.



The performance will take place at St. Stephen Cathedral located 610 Locust Street in downtown Owensboro. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations of any size will be graciously accepted and directly benefit the Arts at the Cathedral Series.