The Cathedral Basilica Concert Series 2017-2018
Forty-Ninth Season of Concerts

A magnificent Cathedral Basilica... A world-class pipe organ...
Timeless music...

Join us for this season's musical offerings:

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4:00 P.M.
Organ Recital with Daniel Sañez
Program to include works by Dandrieu, Bach, Marchand, Franck, and Glass

Daniel Benjamin Sañez is Director of Music and Liturgy for the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA, where he leads liturgical celebrations for the parish and for the Diocese of Richmond. Mr. Sañez is also Artistic Director of the Music for a Cathedral Space Concert Series, which presents an array of high-quality performing-arts events at the cathedral. Before his appointment at the cathedral, he was Director of Music, Organist, and Choirmaster for the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena in New York City, and Associate Director of Music for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

A Hollywood, CA, native, Mr. Sañez has performed with the L.A. Children’s Chorus, the L.A. Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich, the L.A. Opera, Placido Domingo, the Kronos Quartet, and the Richmond Symphony. He has concertized throughout the United States of America, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. Additionally, Mr. Sañez has performed for His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Mr. Sañez is a graduate of Boston College where he studied organ and choral conducting. As a Fulbright Fellow in Leipzig, Germany, he continued organ studies at the famed Thomaskirche, where J.S. Bach served as music director for twenty-seven years. He also earned a Master of Music in Historical Performance at the prestigious Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, voice, and choral conducting. Mr. Sañez is a member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, Organ Historical Society, American Guild of Organists, Church Music Association of America, American Choral Directors Association, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Suggested donation - $15



Sunday, October 15, 2017, 4:00 P.M.
An afternoon of favorite arias from the
Golden Age of Italian Opera
Theodore Chletsos, Samuel McDonald, Sandra Mercado, Jorge Ocasio, and Elizabeth Perryman

Music of Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, and Mozart

Suggested donation - $15



Cemetary Sunday, November 5, 2017, 4:00 P.M.
A Concert In Honor of the Faithful Departed
This concert will include music to offer consolation and serenity to the bereaved with works by Dvorák, Mozart, Duruflé, Elgar, Barber, and Flummerfelt.

The Cathedral Choir
Ian Tomesch, organ
John J. Miller, conductor

Lauren Egan (Office of Family Life, Archdiocese of Newark) will offer a short pre-concert lecture: “Using Music to Cope with Grief ” to the bereaved at 3:20 p.m. in the Cathedral Chapel of Our Lady of Grace.

This concert is intended to be a source of comfort and hope for all those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. The Church gathers not only to pray for the repose of their souls, but to console one another by strengthening our hope and faith in the resurrection.

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Office of Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Newark.

Free-will offering



Christmas at the Cathedral

Friday, December 8, 2017, 8:00 P.M.
Navidad Latina 2017

The Cathedral Spanish Choir, under the direction of Olfary Guitérrez, joins forces with singers and instrumentalists from other Latin American communities of the Archdiocese of Newark to present a program of Christmas music. The program, conducted in Spanish, includes Ariel Ramirez’s “Navidad Nuestra” along with Villancicos Tradicionales. Come celebrate Christmas with the many aspects of Latin American and Spanish traditions.

Free-will offering



Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 8:00 P.M.
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 8:00 P.M.
(Doors open at 7:00 P.M.)
The Forty-Seventh Annual Christmas Carol Sing

Now in its forty-seventh consecutive year, the Carol Sing has become one of the most significant Christmas concerts in Northern New Jersey. The ambiance of candlelight and season décor, along with the Cathedral Choir, organ, brass, percussion, and thousands of participants combine to create an event that must be experienced.

Free-will offering



Sunday, March 18, 2018, 4:00 P.M.
Organ Recital with Chelsea Chen
Program to include works by Duruflé, Holst, and Mulet

Organist and composer Chelsea Chen is internationally renowned for her concerts of “rare musicality” and “lovely lyrical grandeur,” and a compositional style that is “charming” and “irresistible” (Los Angeles Times). Ms. Chen has electrified audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia in venues such as Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, Kishinev’s National Organ Hall, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. As a composer, she is broadening the organ repertoire with her own works based on Asian folksongs.

Ms. Chen has soloed with orchestras including the Wuhan Philharmonic in China, the Jakarta Simfonia in Indonesia, and the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Additionally, she has performed under the baton of eminent conductors including Jahja Ling, JoAnn Falletta, and Victor Yampolsky. She has also championed contemporary works by esteemed composers Ola Gjeilo and Paul Desenne.

The recipient of the 2009 Lili Boulanger Memorial Award, Ms. Chen is a graduate of Juilliard, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, having studied with John Weaver and Paul Jacobs. She was also a full scholarship student of Thomas Murray at Yale University, where she earned an Artist Diploma. Her playing has been aired on CNN.com, “Pipedreams” from American Public Media, Hawaii Public Radio, and Taiwan’s Good News Radio.

Since 2014, she has been Artist-in-Residence at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale. She splits her time between Florida and New York, where she is also organist at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

Suggested donation - $15

Chelsea Chen is under management with Karen McFarlane Artists



Good Friday, March 30, 2018, 8:00 P.M
Choral Meditations on the Stations of the Cross
with the Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral’s choral tradition continues with this annual event. The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of John J. Miller, presents meditations within the context of the Stations of the Cross. This a cappella program will feature works of Clausen, Lotti, Allegri, and Casals.

Free-will offering


Sunday, April 15, 2018, 4:00 P.M.
Organ Recital with Lynn Trapp
Program to include works by Trapp, Howells, Alain and Bach

Dr. Lynn Trapp enjoys a distinguished career as concert organist, conductor, composer, author and liturgist. For more than 25 years, he has performed and recorded extensively as organist in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Joseph Church in Baltimore.

Suggested donation - $15


Friday, May 11, 2018, 8:00 P.M.
Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Great Mass in C Minor


for Chorus, Soloists & Orchestra

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Archdiocesan Festival Choir and Cathedral Choirs
Lorraine Ernest, soprano
Elizabeth Perryman, soprano
Theodore Chletsos, tenor
Jorge Ocasio, bass-baritone
John J. Miller, conductor

The biannual Archdiocesan Choral Festival features an amassed choir of singers accompanied by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and soloists in a performance of the monumental “Great Mass in C Minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Please note: Please note: those interested in singing with the Festival Choir are asked to visit: www.cathedralbasilica.org for information, application and rehearsal schedule. Registration deadline is January 18, 2018. Rehearsals are on selected Mondays beginning in February.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is composed of some of the country’s finest musicians. The Orchestra is proud to have Xian Zhang as its Music Director. Artistic excellence, innovative programming and community engagement are hallmarks of its mission.

To best serve the people of New Jersey, the orchestra brings its programs to six outstanding venues throughout the state. Education and community engagement programs enrich the listening experience for children and adults alike. Select performances of the NJSO are broadcast regionally and throughout North America.

Tickets $20 and $30
Tickets go on sale February 1, 2018

Advance ticket purchase recommended. Please visit: www.cathedralbasilica.org/concert

Tickets may also be purchased through the Cathedral Music Office, or at any Cathedral Concert Series performance.




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SEATING: Doors open one hour prior to each concert. All events are open seating and available on a first come first serve basis.

TOURS: A guided tour of the Cathedral Basilica is conducted following each of the Wednesdays At Noon concerts.

RECORDINGS: Many recordings, which have been produced in the Cathedral Basilica, may be purchased at the Cathedral Shop, through our Cathedral web site, or through the Office for Music Ministry (973-484-2400).

John J. Miller, Director of Music Ministries
Ian Tomesch, Associate Organist
Olfary Gutiérrez, Coordinator of Hispanic Music Ministry
Kimberley Mesiti, Music Office Administrative Assistant
Carol Resch, Music Office Assistant

Cathedral Music Office Phone: 973-484-2400 Fax: 973-497-9336

Email: millerjo@rcan.org

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