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Concerts and Events

Music at Holy Cross, Spring 2020-





Tuesday, February 4, 12:30 PM

First Tuesday Lunch Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

The First Tuesday Lunch Concert Series presents short and enjoyable concerts featuring our Artists-in-Residence, various guest artists and students.


February 10 & 11, 7:30 PM

Global Voices

Worcester Art Museum


Thursday, February 13, 7:30 PM


Polytope is a deep listening experience, engaging the audience through a soundscape of electro-acoustic music with its unique cinematic ambient style, utilizing the pipa (Chinese lute) and live electronics with digital manipulation. 

Brooks Concert Hall


Tuesday, February 18, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross Chapel Artist Series

Michelle Saco ‘21

Matt Luca ‘22

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Organ Scholars Michelle Sacco & Matt Luca will present a program featuring Organ Concertos by George Frideric Handel. In addition, this program will feature a small string ensemble.


Thursday, February 20, 7:30 PM

Song Concert

Brooks Concert Hall



First Tuesday Lunch Concert

Brooks Concert Hall


Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 PM

Composer Tania León Tribute Concert

with performances by

Holy Cross Artists-in-Residence

Holy Cross College Choir

Brooks Concert Hall

The Department of Music is delighted to host guest composer Tania León for a tribute concert to her music featuring performances by the College Choir, artists-in-residence, and others. Born in Havana, Cuba, Tania Léon is highly regarded for her accomplishments as a composer, conductor, educator, and advisor to arts organizations. A cofounder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she has played important roles in leading institutions, such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. She was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of CUNY in 2006 and has been the subject of profiles on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and Univision. “Cultural clash is at the core of music by the composer Tania León…Naturally, these distinctive styles clash in her music, though in a dynamic sense, as in a good fight, a feisty confrontation.” Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times


Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 PM

Artist-in-Residence Concert

Michelle Ross, violin

Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello

Adam Golka, piano

With Brooks Scholars

Brooks Concert Hall



Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 PM

Matthew Pinder’s Stations of the Cross

Featuring Holy Cross Orchestra,

Mike Monaghan and guests

Brooks Concert Hall

The world premiere of Fenwick Scholar Matthew Pinder’s work Stations of the Cross. The core of Pinder’s Fenwick project, this hour-long work is written in 14 movements in a concertante style for string quartet, soprano saxophone, and orchestra. As the Fenwick Scholar, Matthew is spending the entirety of his senior year creating this work. The creative process involves composing music while researching the Stations of the Cross and the musical narratives of the orchestral Passion, in order to render through music an artistic expression of the experience of Jesus during his journey to be crucified, exploring His sufferings and His interactions with others during the heart of the Passion. The fusion of these different parts of the project will result in a work where all artistic decisions are guided by the theology and narratives of the Stations of the Cross.


Saturday, March 28, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross College Choir with WPI

Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Te Deum

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Come hear the choirs of Holy Cross and WPI join together for one of Haydn's most legendary choral works, the Missa in Angustiis or Lord Nelson Mass. Written in the summer of 1798 when Napoleon was threatening Haydn's home of Austria, the music is alternately threatening and triumphant. Also on this program will be Haydn's Te Deum in C, and the Funeral March (Movement 2) of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, the "Eroica" Symphony.


Sunday, April 5, 4:00 PM

Holy Cross Chamber Singers

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Trinity Lutheran Church


The Holy Cross Chamber Singers will join with the Trinity Choir and Orchestra, Diamonds from the Dust Vocal Ensemble, the Trebles of All Saints Choir Worcester, and a roster of professional soloists for what is arguably Bach's greatest composition. This Palm Sunday Passion promises to be an unforgettable experience.


Tuesday, April 7, 12:30 PM

First Tuesday Lunch Concert

Brooks Concert Hall


Friday, April 17, 4:00 PM

Chamber Music Recital

Brooks Concert Hall


Saturday, April 18, 7:30 PM

Chapel Artist Series Concert

Julia Brown, organist

Mayflower Congregational Church,

Grand Rapids, Michigan

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

Dr. Julia Brown from Mayflower Congregational Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan will present a program featuring music by Buxtehude, Bach and Scheidt. Dr. Brown is well known for her interpretation of early music. Her recording of the complete work of Buxtehude has been well received by reviewers not only in the US but also in Europe.


Tuesday, April 21, 5:00 PM

Fenwick Scholar presentation

Matthew Pinder Fenwick Lecture

Rehm Library


Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross Orchestra

Florence Price and Beethoven's 5th

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel


Thursday, April 23, 7:30 PM
 H-CLEF Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

Join the Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble Federation and guest pianist Amy Williams for an evening of silent film accompanied by selections from John Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes" for prepared piano as well as original music performed on DIY synthesizers, repurposed smartphones and hacked game controllers.


Saturday, April 25, 2:00 PM

Holy Cross Percussion Ensemble

Brooks Concert Hall


Saturday, April 25, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross College Choir &

Chamber Singers

New American Voices

St. Joseph Memorial Chapel

We are very excited to be premiering a work written for the College Choir and four-hands organ by our own faculty Matthew Jaskot.  Come hear the first performance of this exciting commission.  Also on the program will be other great American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Don't miss this celebration of American music!


Sunday, April 26, 2:00 PM

Holy Cross Concert Band

Winds of Color

Spring Concert

Hogan Ballroom

Program will feature a work (solo bassoon + wind ensemble) commissioned specifically for the Holy Cross Wind Ensemble with guest artist Rachel Leeper.  Additional selections include works composed by female minority and underrepresented composers as well as a possible selection performed by the Chamber Singers. 


Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 PM

End of Semester Student Recitals

Brooks Concert Hall


Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 PM

Holy Cross Jazz Ensemble

Spring Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

An evening of Big Band Jazz music that plays from the Classic to the Contemporary. The band will play music drawn from the libraries of Jazz Legends Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Buddy Rich, as well as Contemporary Jazz Artists Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Our student soloists will be featured throughout the concert.


Friday, May 1, 7:30 PM

Gamelan Gita Sari Concert

Brooks Concert Hall

Under the direction 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.