Bringing great music, art, and ideas to the community
in the beautifully-restored Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
Join us for the sixth season of the Sacred Arts Series.
Each season this series gives you the opportunity to encounter some of the world’s greatest art and artistry, right here in Sioux Falls. The Cathedral of Saint Joseph is a stunning home for the series, acoustically, visually, and spiritually – you could travel the world and not find a better place to hear sacred music. If you have not yet had a chance to visit the Cathedral or attend an event here, it is time to discover this local treasure. If you are already familiar with the Cathedral, I encourage you to invest some time this year exploring all that the Sacred Arts Series has to offer.
Although its primary focus is on performances of sacred music in the Cathedral, this is deliberately an “Arts” series rather than a “Concert” series. This allows us to include events highlighting the visual arts, poetry, architecture, and drama, as well as lectures and presentations that can deepen your understanding of and appreciation for the many forms of sacred art. Through these varied offerings, we hope to enrich the spiritual, cultural, and intellectual life of Sioux Falls and the surrounding region.
Dr. Jared Ostermann, Artistic Director
Dr. Wolfgang Reisinger
Saturday, November 5 – 7:00 pm
Concert organist Wolfgang Reisinger is active as a church musician, composer, conductor, and educator in his home city of Vienna, Austria. Among other positions in Austria, he has served as the organist at St. Florian abbey (playing Anton Bruckner’s instrument), and the director of church music and organ building for the Archdiocese of Vienna. He has concertized extensively throughout Europe, as well as in Russia, China, Korea, and the United States. He is a special proponent and teacher of the art of organ improvisation. Dr. Reisinger’s concert last year was an audience favorite, featuring both unique repertoire and two improvisations composed “on the spot.” Come hear this internationally-known artist in the beautiful setting and rich acoustic of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
South Dakota State University Concert Choir
Friday, February 17 – 7:00 pm
Each year the Cathedral welcomes excellent area university ensembles to the Sacred Arts Series. This year the South Dakota State University Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Laura Diddle, will visit the Cathedral with a wonderful program of ancient and modern choral music – including works specially commissioned for the recent SDSU choir tour of Spain. The 70 member Concert Choir serves as the ambassadorial choral ensemble of the Music Department at South Dakota State University. Founded in 1967, the Concert Choir is comprised of SDSU’s most gifted and talented vocalists. They tour widely, and have in the past several years performed in New York City, Washington D.C., Great Britain, Germany, Austria and Spain. Come experience their touring program right here at home.
Free Admission (Free Will Offering)
The Rose Ensemble – “Musique et Masqueray”
Saturday, March 18 – 7:00 pm
The Rose Ensemble, a professional ensemble from the Twin Cities, has been a mainstay of the Sacred Arts Series over the years. In this, their fourth appearance on the series, the Rose Ensemble will bring a special program in honor of Emmanuel Masqueray (1861-1917), the French architect who designed the cathedrals in St. Paul and Sioux Falls. This concert of French choral music will be presented at four of Masqueray’s landmark churches in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as at our Cathedral. The program will include a brief presentation by University of Minnesota Professor Alan Lathrop on the history and architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. Rose Ensemble concerts are always stunning, and this performance, so closely tied to our landmark Cathedral, promises to be especially memorable.
The Cathedral Founder’s Concert
Friday, May 5 – 7:00 pm
The Founders’ Concert each May commemorates the construction of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, as well as the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the Cathedral. Over a century ago, in the spring of 1916, the church’s cornerstone was laid. Today the Cathedral is more beautiful than ever, thanks to the architectural and artistic restoration completed in 2011. This year the Cathedral choir will present a “Home Concert” before traveling to Europe for a choir tour of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. The program will include favorites from the liturgical year, early American gospel music, and three pieces for double choir, which our choir will perform together with the Chathedral Choir of Neuss, Germany in late May. Come enjoy some wonderful music and help send off the Cathedral Choir members on their journey.
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Sacred Arts Series, 521 N Duluth Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104