Angel originally from College of Saint Benedict Chapel

The Minnesota Boy Choir Allegro

Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:15pm

December 30 | 5:00pm Missa Choralis Series

Allegro, an ensemble of The Minnesota Boychoir, features in The Basilica's Missa Choralis Series on Saturday, December 30.

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The Minnesota Boychoir, now in its 56th season, is the oldest continually operating boys choir in the Twin Cities.  Their reputation for excellence has brought invitations from local and national music conventions, as well as sporting events and touring Broadway companies.  The choir has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Prague Philharmonic, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio, and a long list of local and national performers.  The Boychoir has traveled to five continents, with recent tours including performances at Sydney’s Opera House, Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and Montserrat Abbey in Barcelona.  The Minnesota Boychoir trains young men to be outstanding musicians and strives to help them develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance.

For more information about the Minnesota Boychoir, please visit their website at
Mark Johnson  Executive & Artistic Director 
Todd PriceAccompanist
Anna Keyes | Managing Director

Phil Radtke | Assistant to the Director

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Mark Johnson, The Minnesota Boychoir

The program of choral music begins at approximately at 4:45pm as Prelude to the 5:00pm Mass


Dereva Ni Mungu | Jake Runestad | sung in Swahili 

In life we are passengers, God is the driver.

(Swahili Proverb) 


St. Nicholas | St. Godric, arr. Michael McGlynn | sung in Old English

St. Nicholas, God’s beloved,

build us a wondrous place to dwell. 

At the time of birth and at the time of death,

St. Nicholas, bring us safely there.


Shout for Joy! | Dan Davison | Psalm 98:4-8 

Shout for joy to the Lord!  Shout for joy all the earth.

O burst forth with joy in jubilant song with music.

Praise the Lord with the harp.  Join with voices of singing.

O shout to the Lord with the trumpets and the blast of the horn.  Shout for joy to the Lord.

Let the sea resound and all it contains, the people in all of the world.

Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains sing together with joy!

Shout for joy to the Lord!  Shout for joy all the earth.

Let there be sound!  Let there be music!  Praise the Lord with a joyful song!



Revelations | Traditional Gospel, arr. Richard Smallwood 

Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory, honor and power unto the Lord our God.

He is great and is omnipotent.  The Lord our God is wonderful.

All praises be to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  He is wonderful.

Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory, honor and power. He is wonderful.

-- Revelations 19:1



A La Nanita Nana | Traditional Carol, arr. Dan Davison | sung in Spanish 

Come, let’s sing a lullaby. 

My Jesus is sleepy, blessed be.

Little spring running clear and sonorous;

Nightingale who in the forest sings and weeps;

Hush now while the cradle rocks.



Hine Ma Tov | Allan Naplan | sung in Hebrew 

Behold, how good it is for brethren to dwell together in peace.

-- Psalm 133:1


Blessing | Katie Moran Bart

May the road rise up to meet you;

may the wind be always at your back;

May the sun shine warm upon your face

and the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.