Scott Kennebeck, tenor & John Powel Walsh, organ
Friday, April 6, 2018 8:00pm
Scott Kennebeck has been the Tenor section leader for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Choir and Archdiocesan Choir of St. Louis since 1993. He also serves as cantor for the Cathedral Parish, as well as at major Archdiocesan events. He was a cantor/soloist for 100,000+ in attendance and a worldwide television broadcast audience for the Papal Mass in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999 and for 30,000 in attendance at the Eucharistic Congress in St. Louis in 2001. He has toured as soloist throughout the United States, Italy, England, Germany, and Austria. His performances have included Verdi’s Requiem in Rome, Italy; Hector Berlioz’s Te Deum in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah as well as other oratorios including The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, St. Louis, MO, as part of their 150th Anniversary celebration. He has also performed with Union Avenue Opera and the St. Louis Muny. In addition to singing, Scott is the Executive Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts.
John Powel Walsh fell in love with the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and it’s mighty Kilgen Pipe Organ while attending the quarterly recitals given by Dr. Mario Salvador in the 1960s. Later in high school, he had the opportunity to study on that same instrument with Dr. Salvador. John continued his study of organ with Dr. Ronald Arnatt at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis where he completed his Bachelors degree in music. While completing his Masters degree in organ performance at Washington University he had the opportunity to study at the Harlem International Summer Academy for Organists in 1975. Additionally, John studied conducting and voice coaching with Dr. Joseph Beck. John’s career in music has included being organist and harpsichordist with the Bach Society of St. Louis, the St. Cecelia Consort, the Ronald Arnatt Chorale (St. Louis Chamber Chorus), and as guest organist with the St. Louis Symphony. John also was organist for the visit of Pope John Paul II to St. Louis in 1999. Presently John serves as organist at the Saint Louis Abbey and Priory School and as accompanist for Central Reform Congregation and the American Kantorei at Concordia Seminary.