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Free Concert Celebrates Heinz Chapel & Choir Anniversary

This performance will be a treat for the ears and eyes, so if you've never been inside Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus, here's your chance

(Images: Heinz Chapel website)

If you've never visited Heinz Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus or listened to great music being performed in the venue, you're missing out on something special.

Here's your chance to cross that experience off your list when the Heinz Chapel Choir celebrates its 80th Anniversary with the premiere of a work they commissioned from internationally known composer Bob Chillcott, to honor the legacy of long-time Chapel Choir director, the late John Goldsmith. The choir will perform the premiere and other music celebrating 80 years at a concert April 29, 7:30pm at the chapel. It's free and open to the public.

The chapel itself, or at least the idea of it, dates back to the early 20th century when H.J. Heinz (founder of the company of the same name) began thinking about building a religious edifice to honor his late mother. He left a bequest in his own will that the chapel be built on the Pitt campus. In 1933, ground was broken on the magnificent limestone masterpiece. It features intricate carved stone and wood, soaring stained glass windows, and amazing acoustics that make any musical performance a real treat -- for the ears and the eyes.

The chapel was designed by Philadelphia architect Charles Klauder, who also designed the university's trademark Cathedral of Learning, and the chapel's companion building, Stephen Foster Memorial Hall, all nearby. It was completed and dedicated in 1938 and today, hosts approximately 1,000 events annually including religious services, weddings, concerts, lectures, memorial services and guided tours. Click here for all upcoming performances.

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