Premiere Concert
7:00 PM19:00

Premiere Concert

Spero Chamber Chorale presents the inaugural concert for the ensemble, inside the acoustically rich Sacred Heart Convent Chapel.  The concert will feature choral gems and favorites from all eras and styles (see repertoire below).  Admission is free and open to the public.

The Chapel is located near Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and is accessible from the parking lot entrance on Monroe Street.  

I Will Praise Thee, O Lord - Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)

Sicut Cervus - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-1594)

Sing Joyfully - William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

If Ye Love Me - Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

Sicut Locutus Est - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

O Schone Nacht - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Ave Verum Corpus - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

The Heavens Are Telling - Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Ubi Caritas - Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Sing Me To Heaven - Daniel Gawthrop (1949- )

My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord - Moses Hogan (1957-2003)

In Dat Great Gittin Up Mornin - Jester Hairston (1901-2000)

The Lord Bless You and Keep You - Peter Lutkin (1858-1931)


Our inaugural concert is concurrent with the Dominican Sisters’ celebration Sacred Time, Sacred Space, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the historic Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Since 1873 the Dominican Sisters have educated and accompanied the people of God in central Illinois and around the world. The congregation moved to Springfield from Jacksonville in 1893. Plans for the current motherhouse chapel began in 1962. The Dominican Sisters have sung God’s praise in the majestic space since 1968 and this year they celebrate that milestone with an open house on October 7, 2018. For more information contact Sister Beth Murphy, OP at 217-787-0481 or visit

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