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SACRED SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES
2014 - 2015 SEASON
Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, Director of Music
Archdiocese of Hartford

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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.

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Dr. Ezequiel MenendezMIGHTY AUSTIN ORGAN SERIES:
PARTICIPANTS IN THE 17th ANNUAL 
ALBERT SCHWEITZER ORGAN FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 10:15 am

At the invitation of Archdiocesan Music Director and Cathedral Organist, Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, selected participants from the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival will have the opportunity to play the Cathedral's Mighty Austin Organ as an extended prelude before Sunday's 11:00 am Mass. Hosted by the First Church of Christ in historic Wethersfield, Connecticut, the ASOF is a national competition for young organists. Participants come from all over the United States to compete in one of two divisions; Collegiate / Young Professional or High School. Don't miss this opportunity to hear what these talented young artists can do with the Cathedral's Mighty Austin Organ, an instrument that has been described as one of the finest in the country.

 

 

mozartW. A. MOZART REQUIEM
CONNECTICUT VIRTUOSI 
SOLOISTS AND CHORUS OF THE CT LYRIC OPERA
ADRIAN SYLVEEN, CONDUCTOR

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:00 pm

In rememberance of Chopin’s funerall in Paris’ Church of the Madeleine on October 30, 1849, the Connecticut Virtuosi are joined by the Soloists and Chorus of the Connecticut Lyric Opera in a performance of Mozart’s monumental Requiem under the direction of Maestro Adrian Sylveen.

 

 

Dr. EzequielTRUMPET & ORGAN
DR. LOUIS HANZLIK, TRUMPET
DR. EZEQUIEL MENÉNDEZ, ORGAN
Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:00 am

Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Hartford and Cathedral Organist,  Ezequiel Menéndez enjoys an intimate familiarity with the Cathedral’s Mighty Austin organ. Joined by renown trumpet player Louis Hanzlik, the most recently appointed member of the American Brass Quintet, the duo will perform a program of both early and modern compositions. The program will feature Bach’s transcription of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D, BWV 972 arranged for organ and solo trumpet and works by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. With the combined talents of these two virtuosi, this concert is sure to be a tour de force.

 

 

pucciniAN OPERA AT THE CATHEDRAL: PUCCINI - SUOR ANGELICA
THE YALE OPERA; NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY
WILLIAM BOUGHTON, CONDUCTOR

Saturday, November 22, 2014 7:30 pm

The Yale Opera and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra come to the Cathedral with a unique musical offering - Giacomo Puccini's one-act opera Suor Angelica sung in Italian and semi-staged in this magnificent space. The entire production will be under the musical direction of internationally acclaimed Maestro William Boughton.

 

 

pucciniCHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT: BACH AT THE CATHEDRAL
THE CATHEDRAL SCHOLA CANTORUM
THE SOLI DEO GLORIA ORCHESTRA
DR. EDWARD BOLKOVAC, CONDUCTOR

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 11:00 pm

Under the direction of Choirmaster Dr. Edward Bolkovac, the Cathedral Schola Cantorum is joined by the Soli Deo Gloria Orchestra, and Archdiocesan Music Director Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez in a joyful performance of music celebrating the Nativity of the Lord featuring excerpts from J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in addition to seasonal favorites by other composers. Please note that the concert time is 11:00 pm, immediately preceding Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

 

 

Jonathan DimmockMIGHTY AUSTIN ORGAN SERIES – PARIS: BETWEEN THE WARS
JONATHAN DIMMOCK, ORGAN

Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 pm

Organist Jonathan Dimmock is well-known internationally as a recitalist, choral conductor, accompanist, continuo player, ensemble musician, writer, and church organist. He has held musical posts at Westminster Abbey and three American cathedrals: New York’s St. John the Divine, St. Mark’s in Minneapolis, and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Currently the organist for the San Francisco Symphony and Organist & Choir Director at Congregation Sherith Israel, Mr. Dimmock brings the intriguingly titled “Paris: Between the Wars” to the Cathedral of Saint Joseph.

 

 

Estaban LandratMIGHTY AUSTIN ORGAN SERIES
ESTEBAN LANDART, ORGAN

Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:00 pm

Spanish born and French trained organist Esteban Landart brings his unique talent to the Cathedral on the first Friday of Lent. Featured on the program will be Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”.

 

 

 

Prayers in Opera
PRAYERS IN OPERA
JURATE SVEDAITE, SOPRANO;  CHORUS OF THE CT LYRIC OPERA
CONNECTICUT VIRTUOSI
ADRIAN SYLVEEN, CONDUCTOR

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:00 pm

The world of opera has many desperate moments which lend themselves to conversations with the Almighty, producing some of the most sublime and beautiful music in the lyric theatre. Come join Maestro Sylveen, soprano Jurate Svedaite, the Connecticut Virtuosi, and the Chorus of the Connecticut Lyric Opera as they share some of these prayers with the Sacred Sounds audience.

 

 

Di RosaMIGHTY AUSTIN ORGAN SERIES:
DR. GIAMPAOLO DI ROSA, ORGAN

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 3:00 pm

Organist Giampaolo Di Rosa makes his annual pilgrimage to Hartford’s Cathedral of Saint Joseph. The Sacred Sounds audience is well aware of what this iconoclastic artist can do with the Cathedral’s Mighty Austin Organ. Pianist, Organist, Harpsichordist, Improviser, Composer, Researcher, Teacher, are but a few of the titles held by this dynamic musical force. The cornerstone of Dr. Di Rosa’s programming is his legendary improvisation on audience-submitted themes.


 

Easter Sunday 2015EASTER SUNDAY CONCERT
THE CATHEDRAL SCHOLA CANTORUM
THE SOLI DEO GLORIA ORCHESTRA
DR. EZEQUIEL MENÉNDEZ, ORGAN
DR. EDWARD BOLKOVAC, CONDUCTOR
Sunday, April 5, 2015, 10:00 am

To celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, organist Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, the Soli Deo Gloria Orchestra, and the Cathedral Schola Cantorum will perform  a concert of excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s B Minor Mass on Easter Sunday morning  under the direction of Dr. Edward Bolkovac immediately preceding the 11:00 am Mass.

 

 

beethovenBEETHOVEN 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.

 

 

Brass QuintetTHE AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET AND ORGAN
KEVIN COBB & LOUIS HANZLIK, Trumpets
ERIC REED, Horn; MICHAEL POWELL, Trombone
JOHN D. ROJAK, Bass Trombone
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.


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