St. Peter’s is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2016-17 St. Peter’s Music Series. The series, which is now in its 12th Season, has become a vital and important part of the creative and performing arts community of North Central Ohio. This season the series will feature six events spanning from October to May.
The St. Peter’s Music Series reflects collaborations with several different arts organizations, singers, and musicians from around North Central Ohio. The goal of the performance schedule is to offer programming that has wide appeal. As in past years, these performances are presented at little or no cost.
“Much time and attention is given to selecting cultural programs you will not find in the Mansfield area,” said Very. Rev. Gregory R. Hite, Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish. “St. Peter’s is pleased to offer our historic church as a performance venue.”
“We are so proud to offer access to the musical arts to everyone in our community,” said Bill Johnson, Artistic Director of the Music Series. “We are excited to collaborate once again with members of area choirs and groups like Mid-Ohio Opera.”
The Music Series is presented thanks to a gift from Charles P. Hahn and the Cleveland Financial Group along with donations from local businesses and St. Peter’s parishioners.
This year’s lineup includes the following performances:
- Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. – Apollo’s Fire will present “A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse” at St. Peter’s Church. This group of extraordinary musicians from Cleveland has performed for audiences internationally with four best-selling CDs on the Billboard Classical Chart. This performance includes Bach’s Brandenburgs no. 3, 4, and 5, as well as works by Telemann, Vivaldi, and Handel. Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Admission for St. Peter’s students is free with their Student ID.
- Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 3 p.m. – St. Peter’s Choir in collaboration with the Mid-Ohio Opera company and other area choirs will present The Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saens at St. Peter’s Church. This work will provide an afternoon of seasonal wonder and joy for the approaching Christmas season. Admission is free and open to the public.
- Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 3 p.m. – St. Peter’s School will host their annual Catholic Schools Week Concert in the High School Auditorium. This concert features the musical and performance talents of our students and staff. This perennial favorite will delight and inspire you as our St. Peter’s School family brings its considerable talents to bear. Admission is free and open to the public.
- Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 3 p.m. – St. Peter’s Annual Choir Program will feature the choir and musicians of St. Peter’s in a performance of Deutsches Requiem (The German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms. The marvelous acoustic setting of St. Peter’s Church will provide an ideal backdrop for this gem of the choral repertoire. Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Admission for St. Peter’s students is free with their Student ID.
- March 31, April 1 & 2 and April 7-9, 2016 – St. Peter’s Department of Theater and Performing Arts and the St. Peter’s Music Series present Seussical, The Musical. This annual collaboration between the talented parishioners, students, and staff of St. Peter’s Parish & School has become a favorite of the Mansfield area. Performance times and ticket information will be made available in early 2017.
- Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 8 p.m. – Messiah by George Friedrich Handel will be presented by the Choir of St. Peter’s in collaboration with other area musical groups and soloists under the direction of Maestro Thomas Hong in a return to Mansfield for this everlasting favorite. Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Admission for St. Peter’s students is free with their Student ID.
Mr. Johnson said the continued support of the arts community in Mansfield keeps this program moving forward.
“As we are dependent on support and success for our programs from the larger community, we continue to rely on the financial generosity of all those in our community who value the musical arts, in order that those same musical arts can be preserved and nurtured for those who come after us,” Johnson said.
St. Peter’s Parish does offer special financial hardship tickets to anyone who requests them. For more information, please contact the St. Peter’s Music Department at (419) 524-2572.