2015 - 2016 SEASON
Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, Director of Music
Archdiocese of Hartford
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MIGHTY AUSTIN ORGAN SERIES:
ADAM J. BRAKEL, ORGANIST
Friday, September 18, 2015, 7:00 pm
Sacred Sounds is pleased to welcome organist Adam J. Brakel as the first artist scheduled for the 2015 - 2016 Season.
He has been described as "an absolute organ prodigy, with the technique and virtuosity that most concert pianists could only dream of, and of having the potential to be the leading organist of his generation, all while being nicknamed The Franz Liszt of the Organ" (Florida NPR). "The most exciting player to enter the scene in a very long time" (Rebecca Rollet- Pittsburgh Camerata). "One of his country's outstanding talents in classical organ music…not just possessing virtuosity, but a mature empathy remarkable in so young a performer" (The Sequencer, United Kingdom). "He is to be commended for his devotion to the art of performance, and to music itself" (Dame Gillian Weir). To see Mr. Brakel's planned program, please click here.
MAESTRO ADRIAN SYLVEEN
Sunday, October 25, 2015, 7:00 pm
The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Sacred Sounds continue their fruitful association begun with 2014’s Szymanowski Stabat Mater. The all-Slavic program features works that may be unfamiliar to Western audiences. Scheduled works are Mieczyslaw Karlowicz’ Lithuanian Rhapsody, Symphonic Poem Op. 11 and Antonin Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104.
A CONCERT FOR SAINT CECILIA
Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
Members of the Cathedral’s all-professional Schola Cantorum will share their considerable talents with the Sacred Sounds audience as soloists. Every week at Sunday Mass, the Schola demonstrates their ability as an ensemble, but every member of the Schola is also a respected soloist in their own right. Come hear the individual voices that are responsible for the glorious sounds you hear every Sunday morning.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT
PINKHAM CHRISTMAS CANTATA, POULENC MOTETS,
GABRIELI WORKS FOR BRASS & ORGAN
THE CATHEDRAL SCHOLA CANTORUM;
THE CATHEDRAL BRASS QUINTET
DR. EZEQUIEL MENÉNDEZ, ORGAN; DR. EDWARD BOLKOVAC, COND.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 11:00 pm
Under the direction of Choirmaster Dr. Edward Bolkovac, the Cathedral Schola Cantorum, Archdiocesan Director of Music and Cathedral Organist Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, and the Cathedral Brass Quintet will present Daniel Pinkham’s much-beloved Christmas Cantata in its entirety. Rounding out the program will be Francis Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël and works for brass and organ by Giovanni Gabrieli.
CRCCM CONFERENCE XXXIII - HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD JANUARY 2016
BINELLI ALMA ILUMINADA
AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET; DANIEL BINELLI; EZEQUIEL MENÉNDEZ
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10:00 am
The American Brass Quintet and Argentinean composer and bandoneon player Daniel Binelli return to Sacred Sounds as part of the annual Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM) convention, co-hosted this year by the Cathedral of Saint Joseph and Springfield’s Saint Michael’s Cathedral. The public is cordially invited to attend this event. The ensemble will reprise Binelli’s Cathedral-commissioned work “Alma iluminada (Glowing Soul)”. Click here to see Richard Knapp's review of last year's world premiere. Scored for bandoneon, brass, organ, and percussion, “Alma iluminada” received its world premiere on the Sacred Sounds Series last season to great acclaim. (For those not familiar with the instrument, the bandoneon is a type of concertina). Please note the 10:00 am concert time.
FIRST FRIDAY IN LENT
PERGOLESI STABAT MATER
SARAH GEDICKS, SOPRANO; JUDITH BOWERS, MEZZO-SOPRANO;
DR. EZEQUIEL MENÉNDEZ, ORGAN; PERGOLESI EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Friday, February 12, 2016, 7:00 pm
Sacred Sounds begins the penitential season of Lent with a performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s setting of the Stabat Mater. Stabat Mater dolorosa is considered by many to be one of the greatest Latin hymns of all time. Cathedral Cantor Sarah Gedicks is joined by returning Cathedral Schola Cantorum alumna Judith Bowers in what is sure to be a moving performance of this sublimely beautiful work. Scored for soprano and alto voices, the piece consists of several duets and arias, giving each singer ample opportunity to be expressive as both a soloist and a collaborative artist. Ably accompanied by Cathedral Organist, Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez and a select chamber ensemble of Hartford’s finest instrumentalists, this concert promises to be one of the high points of this season.
CORBIN BEISNER, PIANO
CT. VIRTUOSI; MAESTRO ADRIAN SYLVEEN
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
Audience favorite, pianist Corbin Beisner returns to Sacred Sounds with Maestro Adrian Sylveen and the CT Virtuosi in another all-Beethoven concert. This year’s offering will feature a performance of Piano Concert No. 4 in G Major. Mr. Beisner has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including Barcelona, Cervera, and Sabadell, Spain, and Askersund, Sweden. He has also been heard as the 1st prize winner at competitions in international piano festivals in Obidos, Portugal, Barcelona, Spain, and Freiburg, Germany. A graduate of The Hartt School, Mr. Beisner was a student of Luis de Moura Castro. At the time of this posting, the remainder of this program is TBA.
Friday, March 25, 2016, 7:30 pm
On the evening of Good Friday last year, the Cathedral reintroduced its observance of the celebration of Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”). Tenebrae is religious service celebrated during Holy Week on the evening before or early morning of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Tenebrae is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted, sung, or recited. This year the choir is scheduled to sing Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera’s rarely-heard setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO No. 1 IN D MINOR, OP. 15
YONJOON YOON, PIANO; CT VIRTUOSI;
MAESTRO ADRIAN SYLVEEN
JENKINS ADIEMUS: SONGS OF SANCTUARY
ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH CHOIR; CHORUS ANGELICUS;
CT CHILDREN’S CHORUS
MEREDITH NEUMANN & GABRIEL LŐFVALL, CONDUCTORS
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:00 pm
In the aptly-named “Romanticism Re-discovered”, the CT Virtuosi return to Sacred Sounds with pianist Yonjoon Yoon in a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15 under the direction of Maestro Adrian Sylveen. In addition to the Brahms, three of Connecticut’s premier children’s choirs (the Archdiocesan Youth Choir, Chorus Angelicus, and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus) will present Karl Jenkin’s unique “Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary”. Wikipedia describes Jenkin’s work thusly: “Each Adiemus album is a collection of song-length pieces featuring harmonised vocal melody against an orchestra background. There are no lyrics as such, instead the vocalists sing syllables and 'words' invented by Jenkins. However, rather than creating musical interest from patterns of phonemes (as in scat singing, or in numerous classical and crossover compositions), the language of Adiemus is carefully stylised so as not to distract the listener's attention from the pitch and timbre of the voice”.
All events are at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT, 06105. There is no admission charge for concerts at the Cathedral, but a free-will offering will be accepted.