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Sacred Heart Concert Series at Oberlin

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The Sacred Heart Concert Series is a project with a mission to connect Oberlin Conservatory musicians with the local community. Presenting concerts during the academic year, SHCS offers an assortment of solo and chamber ensemble repertoire at Oberlin’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church. SHCS staff include Simon Housner (Founder & Executive Director), Johnum Palado (Artistic Director), Faustina Housner (Editor) and Christopher Gokelman (Advisor).

The Holiday Brass Bash, performed on 19 December 2021 at 7pm, featured such works as:
• Joy to the World–arr. Anthony Dil Lorenzo
• Let it snow–arr. Zoe Cutler
• Sleigh Ride, Hava Nala, Dreidel Dreidel–arr. Cutler
• Twas the Night before Christmas–Arr. Di Lorenzo
• Polar Express–Arr. Rush Garcia
• Mo Town Jingle Bells–Arr. Sam Pilafian

The Sacred Heart Concert Series at Oberlin was excited to have the Orb Quartet, Daniel Knapp, and Jake Berran join together for a program exclusively by living composers. Three of these composers are Oberlin students—Cashel Day-Lewis, Aaron Lieberman, and Johnum Palado—as their works explore the unique timbres of strings and the organ.

On Sunday, 21 November 2021, the SHCS welcomed a performance by Walter Thomas-Patterson, piano – featuring works by Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Enrique Granados.

The Sacred Heart Concert Series presents: SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 with the premier of new composition by Benjamin Martin.

Johnum Palado & Sam Hao, Violin
Nicholette Cheaure, viola
Nathaniel Abreu, cello
Walter Thomas-Patterson & Adam Chlebek, piano

Christopher Gokelman, a 2020 graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory (and who is currently doing his Master’s work at the Cleveland Institute of Music) will perform a concert at Sacred Heart on Friday, 7 May 2021 at 7PM.  All are invited to attend, or to watch the live-stream.

The final in-person concert of the Spring 2021 semester featuring students from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music was Friday, 29 April 2021 at 7:30pm.

On Sunday, 18 April 2021 at 5pm, the SHCS welcomed Frank’s RedHot Brass Ensemble!  The ensemble is composed of students who attend Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music.

On 11 April 2021 at 5pm, the SHCS presented the “ChamberFeast” concert to benefit the Oberlin Weekday Community Meal program.  To date, $575 has been raised to benefit this worthy cause.

On 21 March 2021 at 5pm, the SHCS presented “A Recital for Cello, Piano, & Classical Guitar!”  Featured performers included: Immanuel Mykyta-Chomsky , Suvan Agarwal, and Simon Housner.

A two-part concert series, performing the complete Cello Suites of J. S. Bach, was held on Friday, 5 February 2021 (Suites 1-3) and on Sunday, 7 February 2021 (Suites 4-6).  Each Suite is highlighted in its own video:

Suite 1

Suite 2

Suite 3

Suite 4

Suite 5

Suite 6


The final concert in the Fall 2020 Sacred Heart Concert Series was Sunday afternoon, 16 November 2020.  Each piece performed is highlighted in its own video.

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The October 4th Chamber Concert, originally billed as an outdoor event, was moved indoors because of weather conditions.  Each of the 5 pieces performed is highlighted in its own video.

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The fall 2020 Sacred Heart Concert Series began on 13 September 2020 with a performance by Simon Housner who was The Standing Cellist!

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In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, our Oberlin College student parishioners performed “Baethoven 131 and more!”

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On Friday, 13 December 2019, we were overwhelmed by the stellar performances of 9 Oberlin College students who celebrated “Christmas in Florence” with us.

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Simon Hausner performed a Sophomore Recital at Sacred Heart on 4 October 2019:

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Christopher Gokelman offered a benefit concert at Sacred Heart on 17 May 2019. The Oberlin Community Meal program was the recipient of the $905 raised at this concert.