SINGAPORE - The Church of St. Bernadette was blessed and opened on Mar 30, 1959 and has served the needs of its parishioners in the Tiong Bahru, River Valley and Orchard Road areas in the past 47 years.

The main church has retained its original 1959 structure although a new parish centre was built in 1997. It was decided in 2005 to renovate the church to cope with the greater pastoral needs of the increasing number of parishioners, and various fund raising activities have been planned, among them Sacred Night.

Sacred Night is a choir concert which will be held on Jun 17 at the University Cultural Centre Hall at the National University of Singapore. Choirs from the local churches of St. Bernadette, St. Mary of the Angels and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will perform, as will two overseas choirs - the Johor Bahru Chamber Choir and the Lunar Choir from Indonesia. The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will be in attendance. Emelia Prayogo is the producer.

Under the baton of conductor Lee Chong Min, the evening will commence with sacred oratorios and culminate with Rossini's Stabat Mater as the highlight of the concert. This reflective pieceof music will be sung in Latin by Mezzo Soprano Anna Koor, Soprano Li Guo Hua, Tenor Lim Shieh Yih and Bass-Baritone Jeffery Chew.

The Stabat Mater is one of the most well-known hymns in Catholic tradition. The title is derived from the opening line: "Stabat mater dolorosa" which means "The sorrowful mother was standing". The hymn reflects on the pain of Mary as she stands at the foot of the cross where her son hangs dying. It has a special meaning for Catholics, reminding us of the emotional bond we share in the dying of Christ.

Tickets are available from or at 6296 2929. Prices range from $28 to $188 (plus a $2 TicketCharge Fee).The organisers welcome sponsors to purchase tickets for religious brothers and sisters to attend the concert.

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