The Chapel Arts Series
The Chapel Arts Series is proudly supported by the Office for Mission at the University of Saint Thomas as an opportunity to engage our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community through the sacred arts.
During the 2023-24 season we will offer a wide variety of programming that will feature world-class musicians from around the globe. Every event is free, open to the public, and followed by a reception held in our Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art.
Please join us for the exciting season ahead!
Saturday, February 24th, 2024 - 7:00 PM
Le Quatuor International de Saxophones brings together four musicians from three continents, united by their dedication to the art of chamber music. Saxophonists Jean Pierre Baraglioli, Wiliam Street, Keiji Munesada, and Richard Dirlam collaborate with Jacob Benda for an exploration of music from around the world.
Saturday, March 16th, 2024 - 7:00 PM
Soprano Kelly Kruse, violinist Marion Judish, and organist/pianist Jacob Benda present a multi-disciplinary concert inspired by artwork on display at the University of St. Thomas by renowned artist Kelly Kruse. Selections include music by Samuel Barber, David Bednall, Hildegard von Bingen, Johannes Brahms, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Saturday, April 13th, 2024 - 7:00 PM
International concert artist and titular organist at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro in San Sebastian, Spain, Loreto Aramendi finished her 2024 American tour at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas with an eclectic assortment of music spanning the centuries.
Saturday, May 4th, 2024 - 7:00 PM
Conductor Matthew George, the University of St. Thomas Festival Orchestra, and organ soloist Jacob Benda offer an exhilarating finish to the 2023-2024 Chapel Arts Series with an organ concerti by G.F. Handel, Howard Hanson, and Naji Hakim.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Internationally renowned organist, Wolfgang Rübsam, opens the series playing selected masterworks by J.S. Bach.
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Polish organist Filip Presseisen, winner of the 2015 International Cinema Organ Competition, improvises music for the 1903 silent film La Vie et la Passion de Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Virtuoso guitarist Dan Nadel, clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi present an evening of enlivened improvisations inspired by music shared among the many cultures of the Mediterranean.
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Teri Larson and the Basilica of St. Mary Cathedral Choir join forces with Jacob Benda and fellow University of St. Thomas music faculty as they perform music inspired by the seasons of Advent and Winter.
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Natives of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, twin-sister guitar duo Tanja Mirić and Darka Mirić Kooienga, explore sounds from around the world including their own published transcriptions.
Saturday, April 1, 2023
A Holy Week meditation featured Franz Liszt's profound work for choir and organ, Via Crucis, as well as music by Allegri, Duruflé, Poulenc and Schubert. Musicians will include organist Jacob Benda, and conductor Elena Bird Zolnik.
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Celebrating the 35th Anniversary season of the Gabriel Kney pipe organ, soloist Jacob Benda and conductor Matthew George present organ concertos by Francis Poulenc and Josef Rheinberger with the University of St. Thomas Orchestra.
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Famous for his electrifying and engaging performances, international concert organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez opens the 2023-2024 Chapel Arts Series with iconic music by composers ranging from J.S. Back and Franz Liszt to Modest Mussorgsky and Freddy Mercury.
Saturday, October 28th, 2023
Concert pianists Ekaterina Knyazeva and Anton Melnichenko join forces to celebrate the 150th anniversary of virtuoso pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff with music written for two pianos/four hands, including a performance of his final major work, Symphonic Dances, Op.45.
Saturday, November 11th, 2023 - 7:30 PM
Featuring guitarist Chris Kachian, violinist Stephanie Arado, pianist Amy Grinsteiner, and narrator David Jordan Harris, the interactive experience of concert and conversation will serve as a compelling bridge between cultures and religious traditions.
Saturday, December 9th, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Conductor Patrick Schneider and the Basilica of St. Mary Cathedral Choir join University of St. Thomas music faculty Jacob Benda and violinist Allison Ostrander for an evening of music inspired by the seasons of Advent and Winter. Featuring works by Ola Gjeilo, Jessie Montgomery, Stephen Paulus, Antonio Vivaldi, and more.
The beautiful does not merely entertain; rather, it invades, chooses, and changes the one to whom it deigns to appear. It opens the mind to a consideration of ever higher forms of the beautiful, conducing finally to the transcendent source of beauty itself.