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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.

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

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

Operating as usual

Friday, February 25, 2022 7:30 pm Concert
02/26/2022
Friday, February 25, 2022 7:30 pm Concert

Friday, February 25, 2022 7:30 pm Concert

Thank you for joining us this evening as we are thrilled to welcome back this amazing father-son pair to St. Thomas More. John Romeri (organ) and John Romeri...

11/10/2021

Please note that Sunday's concert is at 4 pm. We are currently trying to resolve the glitch that makes the start time appear an hour later.

11/05/2021
11/05/2021

Announcing our 2021-22 Season!

Through Darkness to Light - Nov. 14 at 4:00 pm
The past two years have presented us with challenges, uncertainty, and grief. As we continue to recover from the darkest days of the pandemic and longingly await a return to carefree gatherings with family and friends, we invite you to reflect on the pandemic's impact with a special concert featuring the Cathedral choir, instrumental ensemble, and guest organist Dr. Mary Beth Bennett. The powerful and inspirational music featured in this program will lead us on a journey of reflection, healing, and hope, as we look forward to the light that is to come.

Services of Lessons and Carols - Dec. 5 at 4:00 pm
Cathedral Concerts offers the annual Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring Cathedral clergy, lay readers, the Cathedral choir, youth choir, and handbell choir. A cherished Cathedral tradition, this service is filled with candles, carols, and readings. Celebrate the joy and peace of this wonderful season in the beauty of St. Thomas More Cathedral, especially in this time of pandemic.

The Romeri Duo - Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm
We are thrilled to welcome back this amazing father-son pair to St. Thomas More. John Romeri (organ) and John Romeri II (flute) have performed to enthusiastic audiences around the country. Their repertoire ranges from baroque sonatas to beautiful orchestral works transcribed for the organ and flute. Enjoy the many colors of our pipe organ and the exquisite beauty of the flute all in the sonic splendor of our magnificent Cathedral.

David Ball, Organist - Apr. 29 at 7:30 pm
David Ball serves as Cathedral Organist and Head of Music Ministry at Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, California (formerly the Crystal Cathedral). David was recently named one of The Diapason’s 20 under 30.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in! Please join us next week for our annual Service of Lessons and Carols.
11/29/2020

Thanks to everyone who tuned in! Please join us next week for our annual Service of Lessons and Carols.

Our St. Cecilia Concert, which was originally schedule for this weekend, has been postponed until November 29 at 4 pm. W...
11/21/2020

Our St. Cecilia Concert, which was originally schedule for this weekend, has been postponed until November 29 at 4 pm. We hope you can still attend in-person or virtually! Please help us spread the word by sharing this post to your timeline.

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.

11/09/2019

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."

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
From engineer to priest

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

"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
New organ console is key upgrade

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

When you think of a church organ, majestic pipes likely come to mind. But the sound that fills the sanctuary begins not with the pipes but at the hands of the organist at the console — an area that …

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!

Address

3901 Cathedral Ln
Arlington, VA
22203

General information

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

Telephone

(703) 525-1300

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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.

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Please join us at 4 pm today!!
Please note that Sunday's concert is at 4 pm. We are currently trying to resolve the glitch that makes the start time appear an hour later.
Announcing our 2021-22 Season! Through Darkness to Light - Nov. 14 at 4:00 pm The past two years have presented us with challenges, uncertainty, and grief. As we continue to recover from the darkest days of the pandemic and longingly await a return to carefree gatherings with family and friends, we invite you to reflect on the pandemic's impact with a special concert featuring the Cathedral choir, instrumental ensemble, and guest organist Dr. Mary Beth Bennett. The powerful and inspirational music featured in this program will lead us on a journey of reflection, healing, and hope, as we look forward to the light that is to come. Services of Lessons and Carols - Dec. 5 at 4:00 pm Cathedral Concerts offers the annual Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring Cathedral clergy, lay readers, the Cathedral choir, youth choir, and handbell choir. A cherished Cathedral tradition, this service is filled with candles, carols, and readings. Celebrate the joy and peace of this wonderful season in the beauty of St. Thomas More Cathedral, especially in this time of pandemic. The Romeri Duo - Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm We are thrilled to welcome back this amazing father-son pair to St. Thomas More. John Romeri (organ) and John Romeri II (flute) have performed to enthusiastic audiences around the country. Their repertoire ranges from baroque sonatas to beautiful orchestral works transcribed for the organ and flute. Enjoy the many colors of our pipe organ and the exquisite beauty of the flute all in the sonic splendor of our magnificent Cathedral. David Ball, Organist - Apr. 29 at 7:30 pm David Ball serves as Cathedral Organist and Head of Music Ministry at Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, California (formerly the Crystal Cathedral). David was recently named one of The Diapason’s 20 under 30.
Don't forget to join us tonight! Click here to join the livestream!
Please join us tonight for this beloved Advent tradition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fguCWAR_2LE&feature=youtu.be
Thanks to everyone who tuned in! Please join us next week for our annual Service of Lessons and Carols.
Don't forget to join us this afternoon at 4 PM for our postponed Saint Cecilia Concert! https://youtu.be/KUtC91jrIMg
Our St. Cecilia Concert, which was originally schedule for this weekend, has been postponed until November 29 at 4 pm. We hope you can still attend in-person or virtually! Please help us spread the word by sharing this post to your timeline.
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 very different Holy Week.
Even though the Cathedral Choir have not sung together in person since early March, they are not letting the distance prevent them from making joyful music to celebrate Easter.