In Truckee, on Aug. 15, 1869, Mass was celebrated in church at the Feast of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church became known as the Assumption Church which served the Irish, Italian and Portuguese Catholics in the area.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church had a very special Mass on Aug. 15, 2019, having celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Church’s service to Truckee. Special Celebrant was the Hon. Bishop Jaime Soto, Bishop of the Sacramento Dioceses.
The Mass was celebrated at 5 p.m. with a special blessing of a new 15 foot bronze statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Music was provided by the Truckee Tahoe Community Choir accompanied by a small orchestra organized and conducted by Dr. Owen J. Lee, Professor of Music at Diablo Valley College. For this momentous occasion, Dr. Lee wrote a special five part mass, Missa Truckee, which was premiered at the celebration.
The first five tracks of the downloadable zip file are the five movements of Missa Truckee, followed by other music arranged by Dr. Lee for the occasion.
The tracks “Sing to the Mountains” and “Here I Am Lord” have been omitted due to copyright concerns.
The choir and ensemble performed outdoors, and afternoon winds unavoidably disturbed the recording.