Join us for our 44th Season!
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 this milestone year!
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.
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM
For many years, Dr. Mary Beth Bennett has served as guest organist at St. Thomas More, playing for recordings, the installation of Bishop Loverde, the annual Service of Lessons and Carols and other concerts too numerous to mention. During her more than 20 year musical collaboration with Rick Gibala, she has composed 2 pieces for St. Thomas More, “Banquet of Peace”(choir and organ) and “Carillon Noel” (handbells and organ) which have been performed at the Cathedral numerous times and recorded. Dr. Bennett is an internationally recognized organist and composer and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Stetson University, the Staatliche Hochschüle für Musik in Cologne, Germany, and the University of Southern California, with post-doctoral study in plainchant being done at the Catholic University of America. A winner of eight national and regional competitions in organ and composition, she has served as a national judge for competitions in organ performance, improvisation and composition. From 1990–2000 she lived in the Washington, D.C. area where she served on the musical staff of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as well as St. Patrick’s in the City and as Ceremonial Organist for the US Department of Defense. She is now on the adjunct music faculty of the University of Richmond and is the Organist/Choirmaster of Seventh Street Christian Church in Richmond, Virginia.
This recital will include works by Bruhns, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Andreissen, Vierne and Messiaen, as well as a work composed by her for the 2009 American Guild of Organists Convention in Norfolk, Virginia.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 7:30 PM