Concerts and Events

Music Calendar of Events - Spring 2024


Tuesday, February 13, 12:30pm

Lunchtime Concert
Here, There and Everywhere


Rhiannon Hurst, vocalist

Matthew Jaskot, piano

Emily Seiler, violin

Isabella O'Connor, violin

Julianna Stratton, cello

Pietro Romussi, cello

This lunchtime concert will feature a variety of Beatles songs, arranged and performed by jazz vocalist and Brooks Scholar Rhiannon Hurst ('25), and pianist Matthew Jaskot. They will be joined by violinists Emily Seiler ('26) and Isabella O'Connor ('26), and cellists Julianna Stratton ('26) and Pietro Romussi ('26 - Brooks Scholar). Come hear new arrangements of this iconic music! The performance will be approximately 30 minutes long.


Tuesday, February 20, 7pm

Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series

Members of the American Guild of Organists (Worcester)

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Wesley Hall, Kevin Neel and Johnna Ross, perform works by Scheidemann, Sweelinck, Bach and Buxtehude. 


Wednesday, February 28, 8pm

Holy Cross Wind Ensemble & Orchestra
A Cinematic Odyssey

Luth Concert Hall

The Holy Cross Wind Ensemble and Orchestra will team up to present "A Cinematic Odyssey" on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, at 8pm in Luth Concert Hall.  The ensembles will be performing film music from several iconic selections such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean.  Emphasis will also be given to 'classical' music which has either inspired the film music industry or is otherwise used in modern day films.


Tuesday, March 19, 12:30 pm

Lunchtime Concert

Chamber music for flute, viola, and cello


Chamber music for flute, viola, and cello by Violeta Parra, Edison Denisov, and François Devienne, featuring current and former Brooks Scholars Ari Kiirikki ('25), Joseph Cracolici ('23), and Interim Director of Chamber Music Dr. Sergio Muñoz Leiva.


Tuesday, March 19, 8pm

Solo Piano Recital

The Firebird and more!

Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome

Luth Concert Hall

Piano works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Stravinsky, inspired by Dance


Saturday, March 23, 4pm 

Holy Cross College Choir

St. Joseph Chapel Celebration

Join us for a musical celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the dedication of beautiful St. Joseph Chapel! We will be performing vocal music that accentuates the magnificent acoustics in the chapel, including pieces that were performed at the original dedication ceremony on May 7, 1924. We are thrilled to be joined by the string players from the Holy Cross Orchestra, as well as the Chamber Singers and Holy Cross Organ Scholar, Gavin Klein. Featured musical selections include Parry I Was Glad and Schubert Mass in G.


Tuesday, March 26, 8pm

Brooks Scholars Concert

Rhiannon Hurst, Jazz vocals

Ari Kiirikki, flute

Pietro Romussi, cello

Robert.Gardner, piano


Tuesday April 2, 4:00 PM

Nostalgia and Identity in Ritual and Devotion

Matthew Jaskot, piano

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery


Join us for a concert inspired by Sneha Shrestha's exhibit, Ritual and Devotion. The program features three captivating works for solo piano: Aghavni by Mary Kouyoumdjian, Rituál by Tania León, and Three Visions by William Grant Still. The musical works presented relate to concepts explored in the exhibit such as the "intermingling of the sacred and secular" and "devotion to culture, heritage, and ancestry." The program will be approximately 30 minutes long.


Friday, April 5, 8:15pm

O Lungo Drom (The Long Road) Oratorio

Brooks Concert Hall

O Lungo Drom (“The Long Road” in Romanes) (2022) is an oratorio that tracks the history of the Roma and Sinti (a subgroup of the Romani people found mostly in Germany) through the words of Sinti/Roma poets and writers themselves. This oratorio contains many significant ‘firsts’: it is the first oratorio on a Romani subject, the first that sets multiple texts by Romani authors themselves (not by non-Roma writers looking in from the ‘outside’), and the first to be set to music by a Rom. O Lungo Drom integrates texts from thirteen different poets from thirteen different Roma/Sinti authors in ten languages and Romanes dialects, organized in a three-part narrative: I. Ascent - II. Nadir - III. Vista. Along with a Danse Macabre, Litany and echoes of Lili Marleen from Auschwitz, these voices combine to pave and express worlds of melancholy, grief, nostalgia, and exultation through rhapsodic, bittersweet, elegiac and introspective lyricism. In their shared, deep commitment to social justice, the sister Jesuit universities of the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College will host joint U.S. premières of the oratorio on April 5 and 6, respectively. 


Tuesday, April 9, 12:30pm

Lunchtime Concert
Two Piano Mini Extravaganza

Luth Concert Hall

This concert celebrates the two remarkable Steinway D pianos housed in Luth Concert Hall with performances by Music Department students. A transcription of Beethoven's 5th symphony will highlight the program. The performance will be approximately 30 minutes long.


Saturday, April 13

Junior/Senior Recitals

12:00pm: Rhiannon Hurst, voice

2:30pm: Jacqueline Dominguez, flute

4:00pm: Anna Parker, french horn

Brooks Concert Hall


Sunday, April 14

Senior Recitals

1:00pm: Emmeline Lignowski, flute

3:30pm: Frances Gallagher, piano

Brooks Concert Hall


Tuesday, April 16, 7pm

Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series

Gavin Klein ‘26

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

College of the Holy Cross’ Organ Scholar and rising star, Gavin Klein, performs works of Sweelinck, Bach, Mendelssohn and Franck. Not to be missed!


Saturday, April 20, 4:30pm 

Holy Cross Chamber Singers 

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

The Holy Cross Chamber Singers will be performing a program based on musical psalm settings. The Book of Psalms, a biblical text, comprises 150 sacred poems that were intended for singing in worship. These texts have been set both with and without instruments for liturgical use and for performance in the concert hall, and have provided composers with musical inspiration for centuries. Highlights include psalm settings by Nathan Carter, William Grant Still, William Byrd, George Frideric Handel, and Herbert Howells. The program also features several antiphons, or musical settings that provide commentary on the text and proceed or follow a psalm, by James MacMillan, Anton Bruckner.


Wednesday, April 24, 8pm 

Holy Cross College Choir and Orchestra

Academic Conference Concert

Luth Concert Hall

Academic Festival Performance, featuring pianist Robert Gardner, the 2023 Concerto Competition winner, and opera choruses performed by the Holy Cross College Orchestra and College Choir.  


Thursday, April 25, 6pm 

Chamber Music Recital

Brooks Concert Hall

Students who participate in the Chamber Music course perform the works they have studied during the semester.


Friday, April 26, 4pm

End of Semester Student Recital

Brooks Concert Hall

Students taking private instrumental and vocal lessons will perform pieces they have worked on during the semester.


Tuesday, April 30, 8 pm

Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble

Brooks Concert Hall

The Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble will perform American Jazz standards under the direction of Professor Mike Monaghan.


Wednesday, May 1, 6pm

Sixth Annual Gregorian Vespers

for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

For its sixth year, the Chant class of Professor Daniel DiCenso, Department of Music,  will sing Gregorian Vespers under the direction of Laurence Rosania, Director of Liturgy and Music. Over 40 students will bring to life this ancient and haunting music in the majestic acoustics of the Chapel celebrating its centennial year, and inviting the listener into an otherworldly experience of sound and spirit.  

Admission is free.

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Saturday, May 4, 7:30pm

Gamelan Gita Sari Concert

Boroughs Theatre

Under the direction of Nyoman Catra, one of Bali’s most renowned master artists of traditional dance/theatre, our Balinese dance and Gamelan students collaborate with guest artists for this fall concerts.  It is always a highlight of our season and a treat for all ages.  The Balinese dance concert provides an opportunity for the community to experience the awe and wonder of the sacred art of Bali.


Sunday, May 5, 3pm

Holy Cross Wind Ensemble

Luth Concert Hall

The Holy Cross Wind Ensemble will perform an eclectic mix of repertoire featuring new music and old favorites.