Cathedral Concert Series

2018-19 Season

We are pleased to offer seven inspiring concerts this season of music and artists from here and around the world! We invite you to experience a wide variety of great music in a truly inspiring setting. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for the second season of the Cathedral Concert Series!


Marquette BachFest: Organ Crawl
Marquette Area Churches
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 3:00 pm – FREE

In conjunction with the 2018 Marquette Bach Festival, plan on a day of musical exploration to four area churches! Four organists will perform all-Bach half-hour recitals. The final recital at the Cathedral (4:30pm) will be live broadcast on WNOA 103.9 FM and will feature live video projection of the performance! Transportation will be provided between the churches.



Music for a Grand Space
Choirs of Northern Michigan University
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 7:30 pm – FREE

The University Choir and Arts Chorale of Northern Michigan University, directed by Dr. Erin Colwitz, present their annual “Music for a Grand Space” performance, featuring choral music especially suited for the acoustic splendor of the Cathedral. In anticipation of their performance for the 2018 American Choral Director’s Association fall conference in Kalamazoo, they will perform music by Lauridsen, Palestrina, Ticheli, Culloton and Rutter, including a commission by Dr. Thomas LaVoy.


Marquette BachFest: Bach Classics
Marquette Choral Society
Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 7:30 pm – FREE
Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 3:00 pm – FREE

The Marquette Choral Society presents their annual Christmas concert, featuring Bach’s Magnificat and his Cantata 140, Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme. The Choral Society is joined by members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. The beautiful voices will prepare you for the coming of Christmas!


David Jonies
Celebrity Recital
January 3, 2019 | 7:30 pm – FREE

A native of Germany, David Jonies, concert organist based at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, is know for his “whirling virtuosity.” Known for his wide range of repertoire, Mr. Jonies was awarded the 1st prize at the 1999 Landau International Organ Competition. International concert appearances have included Notre Dame Cathedral in Parish, Westminster Abbey and the London Handel Festival in the U.K., the Pusan Bach Festival in South Korea, the Cathedral at Buejovice in the Czech Republic, the Bluval Music Festival and the Cathedrals of Bamberg, Mainz, Passau and Trier in Germany. In the United States, he has performed at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, at the Pine Mountain Music Festival (Michigan), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (South Carolina), at the Cathedrals of Seattle (Washington), Helena (Montana), Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Harford (Connecticut), Sioux City (Iowa), Milwaukee (Wisconsin), and recitals and workshops for the American Guild of Organists Chapters and Dioceses around the Midwest. He has been a featured artist for national conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the National Association for Pastoral Musicians. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he held positions at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish in Escanaba, Westminster Cathedral in London and the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.


Architectural Beauty:
The Churches of Corrado Parducci
March 15, 2019 | 7:30 pm – FREE

In collaboration with the Marquette Regional History Center, the Cathedral will host a talk by historian, Russell Magnaghi, highlighting the contributions of renowned Italian-American architectural sculptor, Corrado Giuseppe Parducci, who was responsible for much of St. Peter Cathedral’s beautification following the 1935 fire. The concert will pair Cathedral history with Italian music to accent its architectural heritage.


Dr. Crista Miller
Celebrity Recital
May 14, 2019 | 7:30 pm – FREE

Crista Miller is the Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. As a solo performer, Dr. Miller has performed in France, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and Canada. An award-winning organist in international and national playing competitions, she has also been featured in solo performance in fourteen states and at landmark U.S. instruments. Crista Miller holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, and Oklahoma State University.


Marquette BachFest: Missa Brevis!
Cathedral Choir, soloists, horns, oboes, bassoon, strings and organ
June 14, 2019 | 7:30 pm – FREE

The Cathedral Choir will sing Bach’s seldom-heard and unjustly neglected Mass (“Missa”) in F, BWV 233, joined by two horns, two oboes, bassoon, strings, organ and soloists. Several of his other instrumental and choral works will also be featured. Curiously, the Masses are in Latin (rather than German) and are settings of the Roman Catholic Mass! Musically, they are almost entirely made up of movements from Bach’s previously composed Cantatas, now transplanted into new texts. Therefore, the beauty of these short Masses is that they represent Bach’s own choice of his finest Cantata movements!