Thursday, March 04, 2010

Dean Applegate to Retire

The Portland Catholic Sentinel has run a story about the retirement of Dean Applegate from his post as conductor of Cantores in Ecclesia, which might be the nation's premier Catholic choir specializing in chant and polyphony. Dean's role in keeping great Catholic music alive after the Council is monumental in so many respects. He trained many great singers who were in his choirs when they were young. His Byrd Festival is splendid. The recordings of Cantores (published by OCP) are first rate. Another is due in June of this year. He deserves every bit of admiration for his unwavering and life-long commitment to great Catholic music for use in liturgy. Truly, he is a hero of our times.

Just one note: he does not speak with an Oxford accent. His accent is 100% American, if a bit eccentric.

The story notes: "A Mass and reception in the elder Applegate’s honor is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5 at St. Stephen Church, 1112 SE 41st Ave. in Portland."

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