professional American symphony orchestra to house itself in a cathedral,
specifically Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.
In 1977, they
and The Cathedral Choir released A
the first orchestra from New Jersey to
take up a summer residence, in Ocean
Grove, California. One of their first concerts there
took place on 15th August 1985, with special guests, Eric and
Oscar Shumsky, an all-Mozart affair that
comprised the master’s La Finta Semplice overture,
and “Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201”.
June 1986, they capped off their season with Aaron Copland’s
“Concerto for Clarinet”, Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings”, and Carl Maria von
Weber’s “Quintet in B flat for Clarinet and
Strings”. Avery Fisher
Prize-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman was
the featured soloist.
Jerome Hines joined them and the Columbia University Glee Club on 1st
February 1987 for music from Modest Moussorgsky’s
opera Boris Godunov and Sergei
Prokofiev’s score of Ivan the
April 1987, they again collaborated with the Columbia University Glee Club,
as well as David Eisler and the Drew University Chroale in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
They teamed up
with The American Boychoir and the New York Vocal
Consort for the 1987 stocking stuffer, On
October 1988, they reunited with the Drew University Chorale, Met Opera
mezzo-soprano Jacalyn Bower and pianist Zenaida Manfugas for an
afternoon of music by Johannes Brahms, including his “Alto Rhapsody”,
“Piano Concerto No. 1 in D”, and “Symphony No. 3”.
celebrated New Year’s Eve 1988 with soprano Evelyn de la Rosa, who
sang selections from Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus. The mostly-Viennese program also
featured music by Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Lehar, and Mozart.
May 2006, they were joined by members of the Archdiocese of Newark choirs
at the Archdiocesan Choral Festival for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Choral
Fantasy” and Antonin Dvorak’s Mass in D major.
Choir and Symphony Orchestra mounted a full production of Francis Poulenc’s
Dialogues of the Carmelites on 24th
May 2010, they reunited with Archdiocesan choristers at the Archdiocesan
Choral Festival, and in tandem with the Newark Chapter of the National
Association of Pastoral Musicians, offered up Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem.
O Come All Ye Faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
(CD: On Christmas Day)
Conductor – James Litton
Music – Cathedral Symphony Orchestra and