2014 - 2015 SEASON
Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, Director of Music
Archdiocese of Hartford
For more information about the performers, pieces, and venues,
please click the hyperlinks in the concert descriptions.
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A VERY SPECIAL CONCERT
La Escolanía del Monasterio del Escorial
Fr. Pedro Alberto Sanchez, Organist & Choirmaster
CHORUS ANGELICUS & GAUDEAMUS
GABRIEL LÖFVALL, DIRECTOR
DR. EZEQUIEL MENÉNDEZ, ORGAN
Friday, April 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
The Cathedral welcomes La Escolanía del Monasterio del Escorial from Spain as part of their 2015 American Tour. The choir of "El Escorial" is a choir of about fifty boys who reside and receive academic and musical training at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Madrid, Spain. Their tour program represents a survey of five centuries of Spanish sacred music. They will be joined on this concert by their American counterparts in Connecticut’s own Chorus Angelicus, who are currently performing a concert of the works of John Rutter, and Cathedral Organist and Archdiocesan Music Director, Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez. This concert promises a rich and varied choral experience for the audience from children from both sides of the Atlantic.
PIANO CONCERTI, NOS. 1 & 3
SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN F MAJOR
CORBIN BEISNER, PIANO; CONNECTICUT VIRTUOSI
ADRIAN SYLVEEN, CONDUCTOR
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:00 pm
Pianist Corbin Beisner has performed throughout the United States and Europe and now brings his considerable talent to the Cathedral on a concert dedicated to the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Joined by the Connecticut Virtuosi and Maestro Adrian Sylveen, Mr. Beisner will offer two of Beethoven’s piano concerti, rounding out a program featuring the composer’s eighth symphony.
THE AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET AND ORGAN
KEVIN COBB & LOUIS HANZLIK, Trumpets
ERIC REED, Horn; MICHAEL POWELL, Trombone
JOHN D. ROJAK, Bass Trombone
DANIEL BINELLI, bandoneon
EZEQUIEL MENÉNDEZ, organ
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 pm
Since their 1960 debut at Carnegie Hall, the American Brass Quintet has been one of the country’s premier brass ensembles. Their long-term commitment to excellence was formally recognized in 2012 by Chamber Music America, who awarded them with their highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny Award. Joined by Cathedral Organist and Archdiocesan Director of Music, Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, the quintet comes to perform at Hartford’s Cathedral of Saint Joseph for the first time. For a preview of the caliber of musicianship and artistry you can expect from this wonderful ensemble, please click sample one and sample two.
Featured on this program will be the World Premiere of the Cathedral-commissioned work “Glowing Soul (Alma iluminada)” by Argentinean composer Daniel Binelli, “Glowing Soul” is scored for bandoneon, percussion, brass, and organ. (For those not familiar with the instrument, the bandoneon is a type of concertina). In addition to his work as a composer, Mr. Binelli is also internationally renowned as a performer on the bandoneon, having appeared with Astor Piazolla’s New Tango Sextet and with orchestras around the world. Sacred Sounds is delighted that Mr. Binelli will be on hand to premiere his own composition.
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.