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Cathedral Of Saint Mary Of The Assumption

1111 Gough Street

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World premier of the first new Mass commission for St. Mary's since the installation Mass in 1971, by world renowned composer Frank La Rocca.

Frank La Rocca, Composer-in-Residence at the Benedict XVI Institute, won a 2018 American Prize for "A Rose In Winter – the life of St. Rita of Cascia", a major work for chorus, orchestra and soloists commissioned by St. Rita’s Catholic Community, Dallas. He has also received grants, commissions and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, the Foundation for Sacred Arts, Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco, Diocese of Oakland, ASCAP Foundation, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Vanguard Voices, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Cois Cladaigh, and many others.

His CD “In This Place” (Enharmonic Records) reached the top ten in classical CD sales on Amazon and was a 2013 "Critic's Choice" at American Record Guide.

Trained as an academic modernist during his degree studies at Yale and University of California, Berkeley, La Rocca came to reject this aesthetic as a barrier to authentic musical expression, and spent many years in search of a personal creative language. His catalog includes works in all genres, with an emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works. At a recent University of Notre Dame conference, "James MacMillan: The Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross", La Rocca presented a talk entitled, “The Apologetics of Beauty: a Musical Theology of the Incarnation”, based upon his choral work O Magnum Mysterium.

He is published by Boosey and Hawkes, Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music and Lumen Verum Music.

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