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Breaking Brass: Singers, horns in free concert

The Cathedral Choir of St. John will perform a show on May 22 in Albuquerque.

The Cathedral Choir of St. John will perform a show on May 22 in Albuquerque.

It’s Breaking Brass at the cathedral.

The 75-plus Cathedral of St. John choristers and its Breaking Brass horn ensemble will perform a free concert of musical favorites on Sunday, May 22.

The performance partly represents a dry run for their tour to Washington’s National Cathedral in June. The music will include the commissioned “Magnificat” by composer Aaron David Miller.

The cathedral’s four choirs encompass children beginning at age 3 as well as adults, director Maxine Thévenot said.

The singers have been touring on alternate years for a decade. In 2007, they flew to Great Britain and sang at Canterbury Cathedral and St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

In 2010, the performed at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and the York Minster. In 2012, they sang at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 2014, they performed at Westminster Abbey and at Winchester Cathedral.

That Thévenot has performed in Britain as a solo organist helps boost the choir’s international reputation. Audition tapes also help, she said.

For the religious-averse, this is a concert, not a service.

“There’s no religious content other than we’re housed in this sacred space,” Thévenot said. “It’s an hour of beautiful music and a garden party afterward with strawberry shortcake.”

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