Afternoon in Vienna - Artistic and Cultural Enrichment

Feb. 15, 2009

The Afternoon in Vienna was an opportunity for the families of St. John Cantius Church to experience cultural enrichment. Our very special guest, Princess Maria Anna, honored our gathering with a talk about Austrian culture and our Catholic faith.

Br. Jonathan Ryan, S.J.C., a Masters graduate of the renowned Eastman School of Music, gave a brief introduction to the featured music of the afternoon, the waltzes of Johannes Brahms, which are so perfectly fitted to Viennese culture.

Lorelei McDermott, Kristi McGonagle-French, Trevor Mitchell, Daniel Robinson, Paul Nicholson, members of our own St. Cecilia Choir will sang the Liebeslieder Waltzes (Opus 52 & 65) of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) with piano accompaniment.

After the 12:30 pm Latin High Mass, the families participating in this special event enjoyed food and beverages prepared by generous parish volunteers.

Over 350 persons attended the ‘Afternoon in Vienna,’ filling the parish hall to its capacity.