Cathedral of Saint Thomas More Cathedral Concert Series

Cathedral of Saint Thomas More Cathedral Concert Series page for the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More Concert Series (Arlington, Virginia) For 44 years, St. Thomas More Cathedral has maintained a unique ministry of bringing the work of established concert artists to the community at large through an annual series of free concerts in the exquisite acoustical environment of the Cathedral.
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Join us in continuing the marvelous tradition! Cathedral Concerts is a self-supporting service dedicated to bringing the work of professional musicians to the Cathedral Community, and the DC area community-at-large. We sponsor concerts ranging from organ recitals to choral concerts and instrumental programs. Dates are published in a season brochure. Parish and public attendance and your patronage are warmly invited. Free and ample parking is provided onsite, including accessible spaces for the physically challenged. A reception is held after each concert, where guests and performers are meet and interact.

Operating as usual

06/05/2020

As you may have guessed, we are postponing our June 12 concert due to the pandemic. We hope all of you stay safe and healthy and look forward to welcoming you back when we can all gather again.

Our very own Dr. Rick Gibala, was recently featured in a podcast to discuss how different music directors dealt with a v...
05/12/2020
"Music from the Tower" Radio Program — CHRIST CATHEDRAL MUSIC

Our very own Dr. Rick Gibala, was recently featured in a podcast to discuss how different music directors dealt with a very different Holy Week.

Four Cathedral Musicians talk about what it was like to prepare for Holy Week, Triduum and Easter Sunday without congregations, without instrumentalists, with a limited number of singers and in some cases just an organ and cantor. The Corona virus has given the church an Easter like none of us have....

“Sacred music is meant to be objectively beautiful and transcendent. Its ultimate purpose is to reveal God within the li...
02/25/2020
A Conversation with Basilica Organist Andrew Vu - National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

“Sacred music is meant to be objectively beautiful and transcendent. Its ultimate purpose is to reveal God within the liturgy in ways that spoken words or actions alone cannot. My hope is that my music stirs a deeper desire and hunger for God.” - Andrew Vu, Assistant Director of Music at the Basilica. Today, Andrew shares his story - and what he loves about making music for the Basilica.

Today, the Basilica’s Assistant Organist, Andrew Vu, shares his story - and what he loves about making music for the Basilica.

Breakfast taco sale this morning! We accept cash and Venmo. 1 for $3, 2 for $5 #breakfasttacos #tacos #treatyoself
02/23/2020

Breakfast taco sale this morning! We accept cash and Venmo. 1 for $3, 2 for $5 #breakfasttacos #tacos #treatyoself

Saint Thomas More Music Ministries will have a Breakfast Taco fundraiser this Sunday, February 23, from 8:30AM-1PM (or u...
02/19/2020

Saint Thomas More Music Ministries will have a Breakfast Taco fundraiser this Sunday, February 23, from 8:30AM-1PM (or until we sell out, whichever happens first!!) Come on by and pick up some tasty tacos! Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, VA.

Cathedral of St. Thomas More
11/09/2019

Cathedral of St. Thomas More

Joe Lastelic was 10 when Sr. Sabrina taught him to sing. He didn't know how to read notes but they didn't stop him (or Sister) from instilling in him a life-long love of music. At 90, Joe is the senior member of the Cathedral Choir and has sung in many choirs, but this one "is a family."

"I sing because it's a part of me."

07/16/2019
Cathedral of St. Thomas More

Please consider liking the brand new official page for the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in order to learn more about what's happening in and around our parish:

Located in Arlington Virginia and founded in 1938, The Cathedral of St. Thomas More is a vibrant multi-cultural parish with over 2,000 parishioners. All are welcome to our church.

12/10/2018
#happeningnow
11/10/2018

#happeningnow

Check out our new banner out on North Glebe!
11/07/2018

Check out our new banner out on North Glebe!

Apple sale and bake sale after all Masses!  Fresh apples by the peck and half peck: Fugi, Granny Smith, Stayman, York. H...
10/28/2018

Apple sale and bake sale after all Masses! Fresh apples by the peck and half peck: Fugi, Granny Smith, Stayman, York. Homemade sweet treats: pies, breads, cookies and cakes- dont miss this great event!

THANK YOU to everyone who was able to attend last night's brass and organ concert. The program was wonderfully eclectic,...
04/28/2018

THANK YOU to everyone who was able to attend last night's brass and organ concert. The program was wonderfully eclectic, and the performance itself was first-rate. And what better way to wrap up the evening than with a delicious pretzel reception in honor of National Pretzel Day! Please help us spread the word about the Concert Series. We hope to see you around for our 2018-2019 season!

The bell choir is all warmed-up!
12/11/2017

The bell choir is all warmed-up!

Some sopranos of the Cathedral Choir right before tonight's Service
11/06/2017

Some sopranos of the Cathedral Choir right before tonight's Service

06/20/2017
Catholic News Service

The Cathedral Choir and Brass Ensemble can be heard throughout this short clip containing footage from Priesthood Ordinations in June 10.

A newly ordained priest explains how he got from engineering to the priesthood.

"For me, art, and especially music, exist to elevate us as far as possible above everyday existence." --Gabriel Fauré
10/24/2016

"For me, art, and especially music, exist to elevate us as far as possible above everyday existence." --Gabriel Fauré

10/09/2016

Our first musical event of the season will be a Service of Remembrance on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8 pm. At this special musical service, we remember those who have gone before us to their eternal rest. The Cathedral Choir and orchestra will present Gabriel Fauré's Requiem with Dr. Mary Beth Bennett as guest organist.

10/02/2016

We are excited to announce our 2016-2017 Season! We hope you can join us for some or all of our events. Please share this post to help us get the word out.

Service of Remembrance - Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8 pm - We remember those who have gone before us to their eternal rest in this special musical service. The Cathedral Choir and orchestra will present Gabriel Fauré's Requiem with Dr. Mary Beth Bennett as guest organist.

Service of Lessons and Carols - Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm - The beauty of this traditional English Advent service is in its simplicity. The service is comprised of Scripture readings followed by choral and handbell carols telling the story of salvation from the fall of Adam to the birth of the Christ Child. Come and join the Cathedral clergy, lay readers, and adult and children's choirs in this cherished and prayerful Cathedral tradition.

Organ Recital: Daniel Sañez - Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8 pm - Join Richmond Cathedral Director of Music Daniel Sañez for an eclectic organ recital featuring music from the early Baroque period to the 21st Century; from Europe to the United States.

SPECIAL EVENT: Senior Organ Recital of JJ Mitchell - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 8 pm - The St. Thomas More Music Department student intern JJ Mitchell, a student at Westminster Choir College, will present his senior organs recital.

Fr. Rippy blesses the Cathedral's new organ console
05/02/2016

Fr. Rippy blesses the Cathedral's new organ console

Our new console is in the news! See it in action this Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 pm!
04/27/2016
Arlington Catholic Herald

Our new console is in the news! See it in action this Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 pm!

The Cathedral of St. Thomas More is getting a 'key' upgrade.

Join us this Sunday May 1 at 7:30 pm for an evening you won't forget!
04/25/2016

Join us this Sunday May 1 at 7:30 pm for an evening you won't forget!

Calling all music lovers! Don't miss this unique event during which the Cathedral organ console will be blessed and dedi...
04/21/2016

Calling all music lovers! Don't miss this unique event during which the Cathedral organ console will be blessed and dedicated. Please join us and bring a friend!

04/17/2016

#ICYMI Friday night's event was a blast! Stay tuned for details about the May 1st Dedication and Blessing of our new organ console!

Last night's dress rehearsal with Christopher Walker. We look forward to seeing you tonight!
04/15/2016

Last night's dress rehearsal with Christopher Walker. We look forward to seeing you tonight!

Please share and invite your friends to this unique event!
03/23/2016

Please share and invite your friends to this unique event!

03/18/2016
I am participating in a fundraiser for St. Thomas More Music Department and need your help!

Please help support our ministry of offering high-quality musical performances for free to the public. 50% of all flower sales through this link go towards bringing internationally-acclaimed artists to the Cathedral.

Click this link and go to our special home page on the Flower Power Fundraising site where you can purchase top-size flower bulbs and perennials to support my group. St. Thomas More Music Department keeps 50% of everything you spend, Flower Power ships directly to you and gives a 100% money-back gua…

03/17/2016

Mark your calendars for our next concert! On April 15 at 8 pm, internationally renowned lecturer, composer, and conductor, Christopher Walker, will lead us in a celebration of the great Fifty Days of Easter.

12/16/2015
Catholic Diocese of Arlington

ICYMI...Here is a short clip of Bishop Loverde opening the Holy Door on Sunday.

Yesterday morning, Bishop Paul S. Loverde opened the Holy Door for the Jubilee of Mercy at the newly renovated Saint Thomas More Cathedral. He invites all pilgrims to "pass through the door to experience the merciful love of the Father and to know Gospel joy!" More information can be found at arlingtondiocese.org/jubilee

Bishop Loverde will open the holy door of mercy and bless the newly renovated Cathedral at the 11 am Mass this Sunday. T...
12/11/2015
ARLnow.com – Arlington, Va. – Breaking News, Opinions & Community Happenings » Bishop Loverde to...

Bishop Loverde will open the holy door of mercy and bless the newly renovated Cathedral at the 11 am Mass this Sunday. The procession starts in the school gym.

Press Release Bishop Loverde to Open Holy Door at Newly Renovated Saint Thomas More Cathedral By: Catholic Diocese of Arlington December 10, 2015 Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde will open the Holy Door for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy at Saint Thomas More Cathedral on December 13, 2015, at th…

11/22/2015

We are so excited to announce that music will return to the Cathedral soon! Our annual Service of Lessons and Carols will be held Sunday, December 13th at 7:30 pm. As always, admission is FREE and there will be a reception following the Service to celebrate the Cathedral's re-opening!

04/22/2015
Gabriel Pierné: "March of the Little Tin Soldiers"

Here's a little something for your Hump Day featuring this Friday's guest ensemble, the Broadway Chamber Players. Did we mention the concert is 100% FREE? Visit our page for more information.

Broadway Chamber Players "Black & Blue" Monday, April 14, 2014 St. Malachy's -- The Actors' Chapel Steve Kenyon, clarinet Jonathan Levine, clarinet Chad Smit...

Here is a quick bio of the young tenor who will be performing on February 13:Allan Palacios Chan will be returning to th...
01/29/2015

Here is a quick bio of the young tenor who will be performing on February 13:

Allan Palacios Chan will be returning to the cathedral after presenting the first solo voice recital for the series in 2012. Allan, a Philippine-born tenor, grew up in Woodbridge, VA where he started his singing career at age six in the children’s choir at his local parish church. Since then, he has performed at many of the churches, universities, and concert halls in the area including the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Millennium Stage, and the Atlas Theater. Abroad, he has performed in various ensembles and as a soloist in Southeast Asia and several European countries. He holds a bachelor of Arts degree, magna cm laude, in music with a minor in theater from the George Mason University School of Music in Fairfax, VA, and a Masters in Music degree in voice performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, where he is currently working towards his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in voice performance. Even with his full time student status, Allan maintains a busy performance and teaching schedule.

01/25/2015

We are excited to let you know about the next concert in our series. On February 13th at 8 pm, Allan Palacios Chan, Jr. will present a vocal recital with the theme of love. We can't think of a better way to kick off Valentine's Day weekend!

01/06/2015
St. Thomas More Cathedral Lessons and Carols: Take two

We hope you all had a blessed and joyful Christmas. Here is a video that the Catholic Diocese of Arlington put together of Lesson and Carols. #ICYMI

St Thomas More Cathedral choir and Children's choir performed at the cathedral's annual production of Lessons and Carols for the Advent season.

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Arlington, VA
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2015-16 Concert Series Schedule Join us for our 45th Season! Blessing and Dedication of the Organ Console plus Recital given by Russell Weismann - Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm

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For 50 years, St. Thomas More Cathedral has maintained a unique ministry of bringing the work of established concert artists to the community at large through an annual series of free concerts in the exquisite acoustical environment of the Cathedral. Join us in continuing the marvelous tradition! Cathedral Concerts is a self-supporting service dedicated to bringing the work of professional musicians to the Cathedral Community, and the DC area community-at-large. We sponsor concerts ranging from organ recitals to choral concerts and instrumental programs. Dates are published in a season brochure. Parish and public attendance and your patronage are warmly invited. Free and ample parking is provided onsite, including accessible spaces for the physically challenged. A reception is held after each concert, where guests and performers are meet and interact.