Featuring music from every corner of the globe, this year’s concert series will welcome you back into the world of live performance with new works and familiar favorites offered through fresh perspectives. Performed in the sanctuary of the Little Church on the Circle, all concerts in the series will be available through livestreaming as well as in person.

Mark your calendar and watch your mailbox for more information about this exciting season of music at Christ Church Cathedral.

Live Music

Music Concerts at

Christ Church Cathedral

2021-2022

 

  • Music in Bloom

    August 14,2021, 6:30 pm

    Music in Bloom is a 4-day festival in Indianapolis presenting contemporary classical music by living composers of the late-20th and 21st centuries. Music in Bloom cultivates interactive opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to engage with contemporary classical music within the state of Indiana and beyond. The Festival promotes artistic exchange within the greater Indianapolis community, presents innovative and engaging concert experiences, highlights composers with close ties to Indiana and the greater Midwest region, and features artists who are continuing the evolution of classical music.

  • Spanish Music for Two Guitars

    September 18, 2021, 6:30pm

    Soundboard magazine wrote of Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, “Great playing! This duo delivers the goods from moment to moment, and piece to piece.” As energetic proponents of duo guitar playing, Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell have toured the United States and Europe for over 40 years. Their unique programming of works for both 19th-century and modern guitars provides rare insight into the evolution of this captivating art. Their program will feature works by Fernando Sor, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Manuel de Falla.

  • Mosaic: The Music of Iraq

    October 16, 2021, 6:30pm

    Salaam evokes the many textures of Arabic and Turkish music with entrancing ancient melodies and infectious grooves. Fascinating stories provide illumination and context for this alluring set of Traditional and Original Middle Eastern music.

  • Beyond the Boundaries

    November 20th, 6:30pm

    This program will feature compositions from the Baroque through the Post Modern Eras in music. Beyond the Boundaries aims to showcase familiar genres and composers along with newer works and hidden gems. The listener should prepare for an expansive musical display featuring the Taylor & Boody and newly refurbished Hellmuth Wolff organs at the cathedral.

  • Echoing Air

    January 22, 2022, 6:30pm

    Dedicated to the exploration of and advocacy for music that features the pairing of 2 countertenor voices with 2 recorders and basso continuo. The name Echoing Air reflects the aspects of pairings of voices in duets and imitation, and is a quote from a famous song by Henry Purcell, who was perhaps the greatest English Baroque composer, “Hark, the Echoing Air.”

  • Perspectives on the Piano

    February, 19, 2022, 6:30pm

    Art & Soul 2021 Featured Artist and Gritty Vibes 2021 Top 30 Black Creative to watch, Pianist Christopher Pitts, brings his trio to Christ Church Cathedral. Known for his energetic performances and willingness to take chances this Atlanta transplant has planted deep musical roots in Indianapolis as co-founder of First Fridays at McGowan Hall, keyboardist/composer for Clint Breeze and The Groove and frequent guest artist in Sean Imboden Large Ensemble.

    Christopher and his Trio explore the rich repertoire of the piano through their own interpretive lens. From European art music to Blues and modern Black American Music/Jazz, they seek to find our human connections through music. Join us on our journey to a modern sound through a study of our history.

  • Vierne Fest

    March 12, 2022, 6:30pm

    Organist Catherine Rodland, Professor and Artist-in-Resident from St. Olaf’s College in Minnesota, joins forces with the Choir of Choristers and Adults to celebrate the refurbishment of the chancel organ by Helmuth Wolff, featuring Mess Solenelle for two organs. This performance will also feature Vierne’s Symphony No. 3.

  • Santiago Billoni and Friends: Music from the Americas

    April 30, 2022, 6:30pm

    Santiago Billoni’s music, recently rediscovered in the archives of the Durango Cathedral, Mexico, expresses virtuosity and beauty through unique musical language. Join Tonos del Sur, a historically-informed ensemble led by baroque violinist Sarah Cranor, as they share an evening of Billoni’s music and that of his contemporaries, including cantatas in indigenous languages, instrumental, and religious music, all exploring rich musical soundscapes from across Latin America during the mid 1700s.

  • In Song and Verse

    May 14, 2022, 6:30pm

    Taking its name from the medieval roots of modern chemistry, Alchymy Viols brings together some of the world’s great viol players to collaborate with other ensembles. Joining with the choirs of choristers and adults, this concert presents some of the most distinctive music of the English Church, verse anthems,  the way it was meant to be heard, accompanied by Viols, not organ!

Our Journeys, Ourselves

Joshua Thompson brings our CCC Concert Series to a close using spoken word, voice, dance, and the musical works of some of the greatest composers of our time. The evening also pays tribute to their contributions as both artists and composers of African descent, including Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Nina Simone.

 

Preludes and Portraits: music by Debussy and Williams

Pianist Clare Longendyke returns to CCC to perform music by Amy Williams, Claude Debussy, and more! Preludes and Portraits is centered around Debussy’s iconic Préludes pour piano (Piano Preludes), which have long been favorite pieces of pianists and audiences alike.

Piano Recital, Clare Longendyke

Old Friends: Concert Rewind

Enjoy a replay of this wonderful recital by former CCC organists Michael Gebhart and Simon Thomas Jacobs. Michael and Simon play works by J.S. Bach and works four hands on the Ruth Lilly Memorial Gallery Organ. Our next concert event, “Preludes and Portraits” featuring pianist Clare Longendyke, is coming to a screen near you on Saturday, May 29 at 6:30pm!

In case you missed it, experience François Couperin’s exquisit setting of Trois Leçons de Ténèbres, with text from the book of Lamentations.

Join Gambist Joanna Blendulf, Sopranos Chloe Boelter and Paulina Francisco, and organist Christopher Caruso-Lynch for a rewind of this timeless chamber music! Tune in on Saturday, April 24 at 6:30 pm for CCC’s next concert, Old Friends, when we’ll welcome back former CCC organists Simon Thomas Jacobs and Michael Gebhart for a concert of music for two organists!

In case you missed our earlier concerts (or if you’d love to hear them again), you’ll find them online where you can listen to them anytime.

Return to an evening of chamber music for strings & continuo!  In case you missed Saturday night’s concert premiere, we hope you’ll tune in and enjoy at your own pace. We return on March 27th during Holy Week with the lamentations of Jeramiah set to music.

Live Music