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by Rebecca Sontag Under the musical direction of Anthony DiCello, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral has sponsored “Great Music in a Great Space” for nearly a quarter of a century. Now in its 24th year, the concert series boasts four to five performances each season and features artists of the

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – 7:30 pm THE KING’S SINGERS For over fifty years the renowned King’s Singers have been delighting audiences around the world with their charm, wit, and incomparable musicianship. From medieval to renaissance, romantic to contemporary, folk and pop, their repertoire is all encompassing. Hear this celebrated

The Office of Tenebrae is a religious service of Western Christianity held during Holy Week, and characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles, and by a “strepitus” or “loud noise” taking place in total darkness near the end of the service.

Tenebrae (“shadows” or “darkness”) is a Holy Week service that is at least 1,000 years old. Originally held in after midnight but later held at a variety of times, Tenebrae would be sung each day of the Triduum in a church lit only by 15 candles. These were extinguished one

The Ancient Office of Tenebrae will be sung by the Latin Choir at Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine. This sung service features readings and hymns. Candles are gradually extinguished until the church is in darkness (“tenebrae” means “shadows”). The solemn service recalls the Passion of Christ.

One of the best attended events of the year, the Ancient Office of Tenebrae features Gregorian chants and sublime choral music of Holy Week including the Lamentations of Jeremiah and Allegri’s Miserere sung by the Choir of Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral. No tickets required. Free-will offerings accepted

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 ARCHDIOCESE — The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will join Christians throughout the world in celebrating Holy Week, the most sacred time of the church year, beginning with Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) on March 28.