Monday, September 10, 2018

Acclaimed Organist Christopher Houlihan to Perform in Newark

Christopher_Houlihan (1)Christopher Houlihan: Solo Recital

WHEN: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm 
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark
ADMISSION: $15 suggested donation

The performance marks the opening concert of the 50th season of Cathedral Basilica's Concert Series.


  • Johann Sebastian Bach - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
  • Robert Schumann - Four Sketches for pedal-piano, opus 58
  • Herbert Howells - Master Tallis's Testament, from Six Pieces for organ
  • Louis Vierne - Scherzo, from Symphony No. 2, op. 20
  • Louis Vierne - Romance, from Symphony No. 4, op. 32
  • Louis Vierne - Toccata, from 24 Pièces de Fantaisie, op. 53, no. 6

The Cathedral Basilica's Concert Series, now in its fiftieth season, brings local and international artists to perform in the splendor of one of the finest examples of French gothic architecture in the United States. The organ, built by the Schantz Organ Conpany, is the largest church organ in the state of New Jersey, with more than 10,000 pipes.

Critics have applauded Christopher Houlihan for his "world class chops" and "marvelous ear"; The Los Angeles Times proclaimed him dazzling and seductive. Houlihan's Disney Hall debut, performing with principal brass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, resulted in The LA Times raving, "Houlihan is the next big organ talent." Recent concert highlights include debuts at the Kennedy Center and Kimmel Center, and concertos with the Columbus (GA) Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Houlihan has recently been appointed the John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music at Trinity College in Hartford, his alma mater.

"They call organist Christopher Houlihan the 'Fred Astaire of the pipe organ' ... He plays it with the technical prowess of a rock star." —Arizona Daily Star