St. Clare Church, School to present “Sacred Sounds and Sights: A Concert Celebrating Beauty”

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church will present a celebration of music and visual arts in “Sacred Sounds and Sights: A Concert Celebrating Beauty” on Sunday, Aug. 12 at the church in O’Fallon.

The highly regarded choirs of St. Clare Church and St. Clare School will present the concert at 2 p.m. As a special treat, Father Jim Dieters, church pastor, will share stories of the beautiful art and architecture of the church.

“We want this event to be a gift to the larger community, inviting people to reflect on the beauty of music and the visual arts of our church as a way to fill our hearts with hope for our world,” said Father Jim Deiters. “We are delighted to present this concert to celebrate the feast day of St. Clare.”

“The hymns and choral music will mirror the beauty of the artwork and architecture of St. Clare of Assisi Church,” said Stephen Eros, the church’s director of liturgy and music. As with the old and new art of the church, the music selections will range from Renaissance favorites to fresh contemporary works. Composers represented include Tallis, Franck, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and Gjeilo.

The church and school choirs had been invited to sing at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis with the “Pope’s Choir,” formally called the Sistine Chapel Choir from Rome, as part of its first U.S. tour. However, the Sistine Chapel Choir in June canceled the tour. The choirs recently sang at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. The church choir also provided music for the Rite of Election and the Ordination Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville.

Admission is free. The church is located at 1411 Cross St. in O’Fallon, IL. Visit www.stclarechurch.org for more details.

Parishioners will be available to answer questions about the Catholic faith after the concert.