Chamber concert held at Ss. Peter and Paul

The Mount Pleasant Concert Chorale along with the Iowa Wesleyan University Concert Choir joined the Southeast Iowa Symphony Chamber Orchestra for a phenomenal performance at the Ss. Peter and Paul church on Sunday, December 3.

The concert began with a 30 minute rendition of “Gloria, RV 589”. This production featured soloists Kayla Beriou, Brooklyn Friase, Eleya Raim, LaShawnda Roberts and Dakota Howard and was directed by Blair Buffington.

“Gloria is a staple of classical music. It is one of the most performed works in modern times. It is extremely moving, with a lot of highs and lows. It keeps you busy listening,” Buffington said.

After a brief intermission, the concert continued with the orchestra performing elegant pieces such as “The Arrival of Queen Sheba” and then concluding with an assortment of Christmas pieces including “O Holy Night”.

This symphony is a tradition at Ss. Peter and Paul, but guests got an extra special treat with the joining of Iowa Wesleyan and the Mt. Pleasant concert chorale.

Following the production, guests were able to gather in the basement for wine tasting and refreshments.

“This is a group effort. Many volunteers come together to make this event a large success, and was happy to see that we had a full house,” Mick Berg, representative for Ss. Peter and Paul said.

This event was free to the public, but donations were taken to help with the restoration of the church along with the current window restoration project.

“The choirs both enjoyed coming to this event, and we hope that they will return again for another performance in the future,” Berg said.