Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, April 23, 2018

HoulifortynineHARTFORD – Fresh from a national tour on which he played all six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne (1870-1937) in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the composer’s death, Christopher Houlihan will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Formerly the cathedral’s organ scholar, Mr. Houlihan will play Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Op. 20 and Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Op 59, for the Hartford audience. The concert is being presented in memory of Vera Lavery.

A Connecticut native, Mr. Houlihan is acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists. While a student of Maestro John Rose at Trinity College, he spent his junior year in France, studying at the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles, performing throughout the country and serving as the assistant musician at the American Cathedral in Paris.

He then went on to graduate studies at The Juilliard School with Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

The Sacred Sounds Concert Series at the cathedral presents 14 full-scale concerts annually to the city of Hartford, making it one of the foremost music series in the region.

It is headed by Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez, archdiocesan music director. Guest performers for the 2012-13 season will include The Hartt School orchestras and choirs, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, CONCORA, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, renowned Gospel artist Theresa Thomason, The Farmington Valley Symphony under the direction of John Eells in their debut performance in this space, as well as the cathedral’s own choirs and orchestras.

Organizers are suggesting a donation of $20. All proceeds will benefit the musical efforts of the Sacred Sounds Concert Series. There is ample secure parking for all concert events. For more information, visit or call (860) 578-1433.