7/6/2013 2:00:00 PM Liturgical choir marking 30 years
Cantores in Ecclesia photo
Fr. Frank Knusel, center, introduces Pope John Paul and Dean Applegate on choir tour to Rome in 1980s.
Cantores in Ecclesia, the Portland liturgical choir that specializes in chant and Renaissance polyphony, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. A Mass of thanksgiving, with Archbishop Alexander Sample as celebrant, is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at St. Stephen Church in Southeast Portland.
Dean Applegate, founder of the choir, will direct along with son Blake, who is current director. Both adult and children's choirs — almost 60 singers — will take part in the liturgy.
Music will include Victoria's work for twelve voices, the Missa Laetatus sum. A reception follows. The choir is issuing a new CD of music written at the time of the Council of Trent.