From Scottrade Center to St. Peter’s Basilica, tenor Scott Kenneback combines faith, talent
Scott Kennebeck’s singing career is inextricably linked to his faith. The tenor is the executive director of the concerts of the Saint-Louis cathedral and he is the cantor of the Saint-Louis cathedral basilica.
Fridays Saint Louis on the air, host Don Marsh spoke with Kennebeck about his multifaceted career and the different audiences he has performed for – ranging from Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis, a papal mass at St. -Pierre de Rome at a blues match in Saint-Louis.
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Kennebeck was one of the winners of a competition organized by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Blues to sing the national anthem at a St. Louis Blues game. He sang “O Canada” and “The Star Spangled Banner” during a game between the Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues on January 30, 2018.
Although he has performed in various venues and events around the world, Kennebeck primarily focuses on religious music. He said his Catholic faith inspired his love for music and song.
“For me, whether it’s a papal mass in St. Peter’s or just a small funeral mass, it’s not about me or my performance, it’s about leading people to Jesus and helping them express their faith, ”Kennebeck said.
Among its highlights are the performances at papal masses in Rome.
“The first time that the Archdiocese [of St. Louis] went to Rome, we sang at a papal mass and it was the last time Mother Teresa and John Paul II were together, ”he said. “It was pretty cool when you consider that two future saints were right there.”
Kennebeck currently has two CDS of his performances and will be releasing a third next month, “Emerald Tribute,” which is a tribute to John McCormack.
Her next performance will be with the St. Louis Ballet during their “Love Stories” program on February 10 and 11 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
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