The yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Joseph Chapel will conclude with a free concert on Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 pm. The concert, titled “Legacy of Hope,” will celebrate the Chapel’s first century as a place of welcome, spiritual enrichment, and community.
Designed by renowned Milwaukee church architects Peter Brust and Richard Philipp, the chapel was constructed between August 1913 and March 1917. As the city’s finest example of Romanesque Revival design, it was designated a Milwaukee landmark in 1973.
The architectural beauty and acoustical excellence of the Chapel have made it a favorite venue for concerts by many local and touring performers, including Bel Canto, the Bach Chamber Choir, Milwaukee Mastersingers, and Early Music Now.
“Legacy of Hope” will celebrate the spiritual, cultural, and educational impact of the Chapel throughout the past century. Choral and organ works specially commissioned for the centennial, as well as compositions by members of the religious congregation, will be performed by the SSSF Chapel Singers, directed by Sister Bernadette Luecker, with organists Sister Mary Jane Wagner and Sheri Masiakowski. Music of Palestrina, Handel, Bruckner, Proulx, Susa, Nelson, and Walker will be presented by a festival choir with organ, flute, brass, and percussion, directed by Charles Q. Sullivan.
The concert will be followed by a reception in St. Joseph Hall. Free parking is available in the St. Joseph Center lot at 29th Street and Orchard Street, with street parking also available. For more information about the concert, please contact Sister Mary Jane Wagner, Director of Music Ministry, at 414-385-5246.