Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, April 20, 2018

choir chrism mass 2018 007 900x600 AVocal de Cámara Platense, a visiting choir from Argentina, sings during the Chrism Mass on March 27 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. The choir will lead the congregation in song during the remaining Holy Week liturgies and activities at the cathedral. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)HARTFORD, – A visiting choir from Argentina, Vocal de Cámara Platense, will sing with the Cathedral Schola Cantorum and the Cathedral Youth Choir at all of the Masses during Holy Week at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave. See the Mass schedule below.

The combined choirs will lead the congregation in the singing of hymns, chants and songs, as well as provide prayerful reflection with the greatest sacred works of our Catholic heritage, featuring works by Lotti, Byrd, Elgar, Mozart, Thompson, Bach and Allegri. 

Vocal de Cámara Platense consists of 30 musicians who have been touring since the choir was created in 1999. Most of its members are part of renowned musical groups, some of them professional from La Plata or Buenos Aires; others are music teachers and conductors.

Conductor Fernando Tomé has led the choir since its inception.

Ezequiel Menéndez, director of music and organist at the cathedral, said he is thrilled to welcome the choir to Hartford, particularly because he is of Argentinian descent. Menéndez is also responsible for organizing the Sacred Sounds Concert Series at the cathedral.

On Good Friday, after the 3 p.m. solemn liturgy of the Lord's Passion, the choirs will share a Lenten supper.

Handicapped accessibility to the cathedral is available on the west side via an elevator located from the parking lot on Asylum Avenue.

Remaining Holy Week schedule at cathedral:

Holy Thursday, evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, March 29, 7 p.m.

Good Friday, solemn liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, March 30, 3 p.m.

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter March 31, 8 p.m. 

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord April 1, 10 a.m.