We welcome you to the 2018-2019 Cathedral Concert Series at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, IL. We welcome guests from across the Springfield region and beyond. We invite talented local and national musicians to this sacred space. The music that we perform will engage all your senses and provide an opportunity for spiritual and cultural enrichment. The concert series is open to anyone and at no cost.
June 7, 2019 7 PM
Edward Donathan - Piano
"Impromptu in D Flat" and
Both composed by Edward
Ethan Heinzel - Piano
Prelude in C minor
Both are composed by Chopin
Mitchel Goldberg - Trombone
"Trombonsillo" by Calvache
"This Is My Father's World / He's
Got the Whole World in His Hands"
Arranged by Adamst
The Sound Four Quartet
"Bring Him Home" by Shoberg /
Boublil / Kretzmer
"Hallelujah" by Cohen
"I'll Walk With God" by Webster /
There will be no First Friday Concert in July. We will see you in August!
August 2, 2019
Mr. Bill Mitchell - Trombone
Mark Gifford - Piano
In the Atrium
Debbie Ross - Singing Gospel Favorites
Mark Gifford - Piano
Roger Holmes - Drums
Rhett Bradley - Bass
In the Atrium
Jay Landers, Accordion
Mark Gifford, Piano
In the Atrium
Lincoln Land String Quartet
In the Cathedral
December 26th, 2019
Carols at Noon
Mark Gifford playing Christmas music on the Cathedral Pipe Organ
MAY 3, 2019 7 PM
Mr. Kamen Petkov began studying violin at age of 7 at the school of music in his home town Gabrovo, Bulgaria. He continued his violin studies with Professor Nokolai Genov at the specialized music school "Professor Vesselin Stoianov" Russe, Bulgaria. In 1991 he was enrolled at the "Johann Strauss" School of Music in the capitol of Republic of Malta, Valletta where he continued his studies in Violin Performance and Chamber Music under the guidance of Professor Joachim Attanasssov and Mario Bisazza.
Since 1994 Kamen Petkov resides in the United States of America. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Business from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as well as Masters of Music in violin performance from the same institution under the guidance of Professor Michael Barta.
Mr.Petkov has performed extensively solo and chamber concerts and recitals in Bulgaria, Malta and the United States.
Mr. Petkov has performed with many orchestras around the world such as Malta National Symphony Orchestra, Gabrovo Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Millikin - Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Erato Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Petkov has performed on the stage with distinguished artist such as Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Rachel Barton Pine, Mark O'Connor, Andre Watts, Xiang Gao, Yosiff Radionov, Michael Barta, Jackson and Almeda Berkey, Time for Three and many more.
In addition to his career as an active musician/violinist Mr. Petkov pursues a career in Arts Management. His experience includes practical training with the management of the world renown orchestras such as Chicago Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras as well as four summers spend in the Artistic and Operations Departments of the only municipally funded music festival in North America, Grant Park Music Festival at the Millennium Park in down town Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Petkov has served as a Director of Operations and Personnel for the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras for almost 10 years.
In the summers of 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2015 Mr. Petkov has organized and served as the Executive Director of the “International Chamber Music Festival and Concert Tour – Bulgaria”, establishing a multi-cultural musical bridge for young people and professionals between his home country Bulgaria and the USA.
From 2009 to 2012 Mr.Petkov was the Personnel Manager and a violinist for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Peoria, IL.
Mr. Petkov is the former President of the Medici Chamber Music Society of Illinois, a non-for-profit organization established to promote chamber music.
Mr. Petkov has been featured in two editions of the book by Milka Purel " Gabrovians of the 21 Century", published in his native town Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
Mr. Petkov performs on a violin made by Janos Spiegel in 1924 and a bow by Lewis and Son (UK).
MARCH 1, 2019 7 PM
Featuring oboist, Bradley Cardella, and soprano, Kara Mernaugh, with accompaniment by Mark Gifford.
Bradley Cardella earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music Composition and Theory degree from Illinois State University. During his time at ISU he served as principal oboist and English hornist of the Illinois State University Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Brad is a recipient of the ISU Mary Jo Brown Scholarship for outstanding service to the department of music and exceptional musical talent, the Lemont Township High School music department award, a director's award from Old Quarry Middle School, and is a three time winner of the Illinois Music Education Association Composition Competition.
Kara Mernaugh, née Robinson, is a Springfield native and has served as a music minister for the Diocese of Springfield since 1994. By day, Kara is the Ed360 Outreach Coordinator at the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition to music ministry, her personal passions include being the Communications Director for Team RWB Springfield, as well as the Family Readiness Group Leader for the 129th Regional Training Institute at Camp Lincoln. Kara and her husband, Seth, are proud fur parents to Dakota and Dolce.
Mark Gifford, accompanist, is the Director of Music and Organist of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He is the coordinating director and host of First Friday Concerts.February 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Join the Cathedral for the launch of the First Friday Concert series. The February concert features guest artist, Lukas Hasler. Lukas Hasler (born in 1996) is currently studying organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria and cultural management at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In addition to his participation in the opening ceremony of the Salzburg Festival, he has already performed at the Tyrolean Festival Erl as well as at the International Organ Festival in Düsseldorf. Lukas has won the “Prima la musica” competition for organ twice. The second time, he also won the “Bärenreiter-Special” prize for his interpretation of a work by J. S. Bach. A year later, “Jugend komponiert”, a competition for young composers, named Lukas as a finalist for his piano and violin suites. The 22-year-old organist, composer and choral conductor has attended master classes with Jean Guillou, Ton Koopman, Ludger Lohmann and Skip Sempé. Lukas is gaining recognition for his colourful and passionate musicality. He has performed many organ recitals in Austria, as well as internationally in Germany, France, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. For 2019, his plans include performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, Stuttgart and Moscow.
First Friday Concerts at the Cathedral are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Cathedral Offices at 217-522-3342 or contact Katie Price at email@example.com.
Thank you to Staab Funeral Homes for their sponsorship and support of the Cathedral Music Ministry and the First Friday Concert Series.