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Blast of Bach

Two great cathedrals, one great composer. That's what's being celebrated Tuesday night, on the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach.

To pay tribute to Bach on his 321st birthday anniversary, St. Paul's Cathedral and St. Joseph's Cathedral decided to team up. Mark DiGiampaolo, the music director at St. Joseph's, loved the chance to work with Drew Cantrill, music director at St. Paul's Cathedral. The cathedrals' two choirs will also join forces, for a total of 70 voices. The result promises to be spectacular.

"This is something we've been working on for a long time," DiGiampaolo says. He adds: "Drew and I, when we work together, it's like hand and glove. He's a superb musician. He's such an asset to downtown."

Accompanying the singers will be a chamber orchestra assembled and directed by Bryan Eckenrode. The evening will include Bach's uplifting "Magnificat" (performed with what DiGiampaolo calls a "Bach-sized" 20-voice choir), and Cantata 80, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Cathedral. Admission is free. For more information, call 854-5855.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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