Cathedral to host organ-concert series - Catholic Courier

Cathedral to host organ-concert series

Rochester’s Cathedral Community will kick off the Halloran-All Saints Organ 2008-09 Concert Series with an Oct. 11 concert in honor of the 100th anniversary of St. George Church.

Each of the 11 concerts in the series will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, located at 296 Flower City Park, and will showcase the Halloran-All Saints Organ, which was installed in the cathedral over the summer. The $1.5 million organ stands 40 feet tall, weighs more than 25,000 pounds and is made up of nearly 4,000 pipes. The organ was named after the late Father Emmett J. Halloran, who passed away in 2004, and was funded by Father Halloran and two anonymous donors.

The Oct. 11 concert, which will begin at 1 p.m., also will feature Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Youth Choir from Lithuania. This concert is the first of six free concerts in the series. The other free concerts will take place:

* Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., featuring sung and instrumental music for the Rite of Marriage

* Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Rochester chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

* Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., featuring Fredrik Tobin, cathedral organ assistant

* Dec. 7 at 2 p.m., featuring organ and instrumental music for Advent lessons and carols

* Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., featuring the Dady Brothers and friends

Three concerts will feature the acceptance of free-will offerings:

* Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. This concert will celebrate the end of the Christmas season and feature choirs from around the diocese. The free-will offering will benefit St. Joseph’s Northside and Maplewood/Edgerton Ecumenical Cupboard.

* April 26 at 2 p.m. This concert will feature vocal and instrumental students from the Eastman School of Music’s Newman Community. The free-will offering will benefit Eastman Newman Community.

* May 1 at 7 p.m. This concert will feature Dr. H. Ricardo Ramirez, director of music at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Tickets will be required for the Oct. 19 "Organ Spectacular" International Organ Celebration and the March 21 concert featuring Lyric Chorale. Tickets for the 2 p.m. Oct. 19 concert may be purchased at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra box office for $15 for the general public and $12.50 for students and senior citizens. Ticket information for the 7:30 p.m. March 21 concert will be announced later.

For more information, contact the Cathedral Community office at 585-254-3321 or send an e-mail to rsacredh@dor.org.

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