Concert Series

The Cathedral sponsors a variety of both choral and instrumental concerts.  Past choral performances have included the Louisville Orchestra, the Rose Ensemble, the Chattanooga Boys Choir, Liber unUsualis, the Mainz Cathedral Domchor, and the Westminster Choir. The series also includes the Kelty Endowed Organ Recitals which have brought a wonderfully eclectic representation of national and international organists to the Greater Louisville Community.

 

Contact:

Dr. Philip Brisson, Director of Music, (502) 582-2971 Ext. 5220

or pbrisson@cathedraloftheassumption.org.

 

Click here for the 2020-2021 Music at the Cathedral Brochure

 

 

2020-2021  Cathedral Concert Series

All concerts are subject to cancellation due to the COVID-19 Virus. 

Please check the Cathedral website

to confirm that the concert will take place.


Friday, October 23, 2020  at 7:00 PM

Fr. Pedro Sanchez: Kelty Organ Recital

Organist, Monastery of El Escorial

Madrid, Spain

 

Reverend Pedro Alberto Sánchez, OSA Bio

Reverend Pedro Alberto Sánchez, OSA

Reverend Pedro Alberto Sánchez OSA was born in Salamanca, Spain. His earliest music training was as a member of the famous boys’ choir at the Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and he studied in the music conservatory of Madrid “Arturo Soria”, where he graduated with the degree of Organ Professor. He then moved to Rome to attend the well-known Conservatorio Santa Cecilia, specialising in organ and composition under the tutelage of such masters as Ottorino Baldassarri, Jiri Lecjian and Federico del Sordo; he was also a member of the Schola at Saint Peter’s Basilica. He later continued his studies at the Pontificio Instituto de Música Sacra in Rome where he specialised in Gregorian chant and improvisation. Father Sánchez received a Master’s Degree in Organ Pedagogy from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid, where his mentor was Dr D. Miguel Bernal Ripol. He has performed organ concerts in Spain, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Panama, Belgium and the United States of America. Father Sánchez is a priest of the Augustinian order, having pursued his religious studies at the Estudios Eclesiásticos por la Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Canon Law). He holds the positions of Music Director and Organist at the Real Monasterio del Escorial and Director of the Semana Internacional de Organo de Madrid.


 

 

Friday, December 18 at 7:30 PM

Advent Lessons and Carols

The Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Singers join together to mix traditional and contemporary music styles with Advent readings in order to prepare for the joyful season of Christmas.

Dr. Philip Brisson, Director and Organist


Friday, January 22 at 7:30 PM

Louisville Three Choirs Festival Concert

at St. Martin of Tours RC Church

Shawn Dawson, Emily Meixner and Philip Brisson

The choirs of Calvary Episcopal Church, St. Martin of Tours RC Church, and the Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption join together to celebrate the new year with joyful music. 

 


 

Friday, March 26,  at 7:30 PM

Lenten Service:

Dupré/Claudel Stations of the Cross

Dr. Philip Brisson – Organ

Dr. William P. Bradford II – Reader  

 


 

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Levente Kuzma: Kelty Organ Recital

Professor of Organ, University of Szeged

Szeged, Hungary

Levente Kuzma Bio

Levente Kuzma

Levente Kuzma was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. He started taking piano lessons at early age with his father, who also played organ, Robert Kuzma. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, as well as two Master’s Degrees in Organ Performance and Organ Pedagogy from University of Szeged. Levente is also holder of the “Method and Art of Zoltán Kodály” certification. Mr. Kuzma has participated in masterclasses with Jacques van Oortmerssen and Joris Verden at the Göteborg International Organ Academy (GIOA).
He won prizes in numerous organ competitions, including Organi Storici del Basso Friuli in Muzzana del Turgnano in 2009, International Organ Competition Vicenza in 2010, and The Alexander Goedicke International Organ Competition in Moscow in 2011. He earned 1st place in the „Timorgelfest” International Organ Competition Timisoara (Romania) in 2009.
Mr. Kuzma appeared as a featured artist at notable venues including St. Andrew Holborn Church in London, the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Oliwa Cathedral in Gdansk, Liebfrauenmünster in Ingolstadt, Turku Cathedral in Finland, the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest and the St. Mungo’s Cathedral in Glasgow.

He has performed with the Hungarian National Orhestra, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, and the Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara. His repertoire reaches from the Rennaissance to the 21st century, including world premiere performances of hungarian composers. In 2013 he made his US debut at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, PA.

In November 2019, Mr. Kuzma launched the sixth edition of the Terra Sancta Organ Festival in the Holy Land with solo recitals in Israel and Palestine at the St. Peter’s Church (Tel-Aviv-Jaffo), Basilica of the Annunciation (Nazareth), St. Saviour Monestary (Jerusalem) and St. Catherine Church/Nativity (Bethlehem/Palestine).

Levente Kuzma currently the professor of organ at the University of Szeged Béla Bartók Faculty of Arts, serves as music director at the Piarist Church in Szeged and also serves as principal of “Lieto” School of Music and Arts. Since September 2018, Mr. Kuzma is the Artistic Director of the Cathedral Concert Series at the Cathedral of Our Lady in Szeged.

His debut solo album, Masterworks, was released in 2017 on the Waltman’s Artists (UK)


Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7 PM

 

Philip Brisson: Kelty Organ Recital

Organist, Cathedral of the Assumption

Louisville, KY

Philip Brisson Bio

Dr. Philip Brisson is Director of Music and Organist at the Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville, the third oldest Catholic Cathedral in the country. In addition to leading the Cathedral’s worship program, he also manages the Cathedral’s Concert Series, which includes the Kelty Endowed Organ Recitals which have further recognized the Cathedral for not only musical excellence in liturgy but also for outstanding concerts in the Louisville community. Philip has led the Cathedral Choir on international concert tours to England, Ireland, Germany, and Austria. Recently, the choir traveled to Washington DC for performances in the Arlington area and at the National Shrine. Locally, the Cathedral Choirs have performed with the Louisville Orchestra, have been featured on television, and have appeared annually for concerts in collaboration with Louisville’s Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral and Calvary Episcopal Church under the title “Louisville’s Three Choirs Festival.” Recent solo performing experiences have included being “Organist in Residence” at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England; appearing on the L’Organo Recital Series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; and concertizing in Hasselt, Belgium and Rome, Italy.

 

Dr. Brisson was instrumental in the founding of the Louisville Master Chorale, a premier chorale ensemble which performs the great chorale literature with orchestra in local churches throughout the Louisville area, where he was Organist and Associate Director for its first five years. Prior to his work with the LMC, he was Chorus Master for the Kentucky Opera and prepared choruses for performances which included Puccini’s Turandot and Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Otello, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Massenet’s Werther, Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amore.

 

As an organ soloist, he has given recitals in all 50 states. He has appeared with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Oratorio Society of Queens, and with the Louisville Orchestra as guest soloist performing the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with Raymond Leppard conducting. In the summer of 2011, Philip was also a featured performer for the Region V AGO Convention in Lexington, KY and the NPM National Convention in Louisville, KY.

 

As a teacher, Dr. Brisson served on the faculty of Bellarmine University where he taught organ performance and a Church Music Internship at the Cathedral. Until taking over the Kentucky Opera Chorus, he oversaw the choral program at Indiana University Southeast, where he conducted the Concert Choir, the Community Chorus, and taught choral conducting. He has also presented workshops to the American Guild of Organists and to the National Association of Pastoral Musicians at both the regional and national level.

 

Originally from New York City, Philip received his BM in Organ Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. While at Queens, he studied organ and conducting with Paul Maynard, the former director of the New York Pro Musica. After being accepted into graduate organ performance programs at Juilliard, Indiana, and Michigan, Philip decided to attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he earned a Masters in Sacred Music. While at Westminster, he studied organ with Robert Carwithen and choral conducting with Allen Crowell. He was also fortunate to regularly sing under Joseph Flummerfelt in the Westminster Symphonic Choir which performed Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Hindemith’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch. In 2005, Philip earned a Doctorate in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied organ with David Higgs and received a choral conducting minor while studying conducting with William Weinert.

 

Philip Brisson is active in the American Guild of Organists, has served on the Louisville Chapter’s Executive Committee and has held both the Sub-Dean and Dean positions for the Guild. He is also the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Organist Liaison for the Louisville Archdiocese, has served as Membership Chairman of the Roman Catholic Conference of Cathedral Musicians, and is a member of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Dr. Brisson also founded the concert artist cooperative EastWestOrganists.com, which represents several prominent young American organists in the United States. Philip, his wife, and their eight-year-old daughter reside in Old Louisville, the nation’s largest Victorian Historic District.