Cathedral Concert Series
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 2019-2020 season of the Cathedral Concert Series!
America’s Church: Benjamin LaPrairie
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 7:30 pm – FREE
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 10:00 am – FREE
Benjamin LaPrairie is the Associate Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the national and patronal church of the United States. He is regularly heard accompanying daily, Sunday, and many televised Masses throughout the year, including papal Masses and other events of national importance. As a composer, Benjamin’s works have been recorded and broadcast worldwide on EWTN, Salt & Light Media, and CatholicTV of Boston. As a representative of “America’s Church,” he will also offer a lecture presentation on the sacred liturgy and evangelization, discussing how “inspired liturgy leads to a transformation, deepening and awakening one’s faith” and “how to be agents of such transformation.” He will detail the music program at the National Shrine, discuss his compositions for the liturgy, and provide suggestions on how to plan music for everything from weekend Masses to papal celebrations!
Music for a Grand Space
Choirs of Northern Michigan University
Friday, November 16, 2019 | 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. They will feature works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Handel, Poulenc, Whitacre and Esenvalds.
Marquette Choral Society
Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 7:30 pm – FREE
Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 3:00 pm – FREE
The Marquette Choral Society presents their annual Christmas masterworks concert, featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel. The Choral Society is joined by members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. Their angelic voices of all ages will prepare you for the coming of Christmas!
Festival of Carols
Marquette-Area Choirs and Audience
December 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm – FREE
Several area choirs, including the Cathedral Choir, the Marquette Choral Society, the UP Barbershop and the Marquette Male Chorus, will present a Festival of Carols with audience participation! The choirs will each offer their own Christmas selections in addition to joining together with the audience in singing rousing arrangements of familiar Christmas carols by Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, and many more!
The Mirandola Ensemble
Masterclass and Coachings at Northern Michigan University
March 26, 2020
March 27, 2020 | 7:30 pm – FREE
The Mirandola Ensemble is a professional choral ensemble promoting the highest standards of choral music. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, it has served multiple years as a Class Notes Artist-in-Residence for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Their albums are available on all of the major streaming services, such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Led by Artistic Director and tenor, Nicholas Chalmers, the centerpiece of the concert will be William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices.
May 15, 2020 | 7:30 pm – FREE
Samuel Holmberg, Diocesan and Cathedral Director of Sacred Music, presents a solo recital on the symphonies for the “king of instruments.” Featured will be symphonic works by two of the composers who revolutionized this art form, Louis Vierne and Ludwig van Beethoven, in celebration of their 150th and 250th birthdays!
An Evening at Notre Dame de Paris
Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Brass, organ, and soloists
June 12, 2020 | 7:30 pm – FREE
In recognition of the historical, cultural and musical significance of Notre Dame Cathedral in the wake of the devastating fire that broke out on April 25, 2019, the Cathedral offers a special concert in remembrance of this edifice, which has been central in the development of sacred music for the past 850 years! The Cathedral Choir, accompanied by the Cathedral Brass and organ, will showcase the French instrumental and choral works that have been composed for Notre Dame and by its musicians, including works by Louis Vierne, Maurice Duruflé, and Olivier Latry, as well as the world premiere of four improvisations for Notre Dame, especially transcribed and commissioned for this concert!