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Gonzaga choir to perform

The Gonzaga University Choir will perform in Cottonwood Sept. 14.

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The Gonzaga University Choir will perform in Cottonwood Sept. 14.

COTTONWOOD — At the end of last year’s Gonzaga University Choir concert, Prioress Sister Clarissa mused, “How do we ever live without this beauty?”

A year has passed and the Monastery of St. Gertrude will once again welcome the Gonzaga University Choir for a performance on Sunday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. The group will also provide music for 10:30 a.m. Mass that morning. This will be the choir’s fourth performance in the Monastery’s acoustically-acclaimed chapel.

“My favorite thing,” says Mary Schmidt, Director of External Ministries, “is looking out at the people sitting in the audience listening to the students and seeing them in awe, awe-inspired. It’s such a wonderful experience of beauty that makes your heart ache.”

The students, who spend their annual retreat at St. Gertrude’s, also express joy and gratitude for being able to bring their music to the prairie and learn more about the Benedictine community and their history. The choir is a select, mixed ensemble of more than 60 voices led by Timothy Westerhaus. The performance will include a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire from the Medieval to Modern historical periods and from diverse cultures.

The performance is free and all are welcome. Call 962-2000 or visit


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