Of Note

Christ Church Cathedral

Chapel Organ Inauguration

POSTPONED until October 2018. Details to come.  

About C. B. Fisk Opus 148

In August of 2014, thanks to a generous anonymous donation, Christ Church Cathedral commissioned C. B. Fisk, Inc., to design, build, and install a new organ for Centennial Chapel as part of the chapel renovation project. The 2-manual, 22-stop mechanical-action instrument, installed and voiced during the 2017-18 season, complements the chapel’s intimate neo-Gothic style with warm, gentle voicing. Tonal models for the instrument include the organs of the 16th-century Antegnati family of Italian builders and the organs of the 18th and 19th-century Serassi family. Opus 148 adds immeasurably to the cathedral’s worship and concert life and serves as a resource to students and performers throughout the region.


Inauguration Events


Francesco Cera

Dedicatory Recital
Wednesday, April 4 | 7:00 PM
Francesco Cera, organist

Acclaimed early music specialist Francesco Cera performs a selection of organ works by Italian composers, including music from the Venetian Renaissance school of Giovanni Gabrieli, works by Neapolitan composers such as Giovanni Maria Trabaci, 17th-century masterpieces by Girolamo Frescobaldi, and works by 18th-century composers Giovanni Battista Martini and Baldassarre Galuppi. The program ends with Italian-inspired works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Reception following.


This concert is made possible by generous contributions to Christ Church Cathedral’s Friends of Music Fund.


No admission charge, but tickets are required. Ticket information: cincinnaticathedral.com/music-performances.


The recital will be repeated during the Inaugural Festival. See below for festival registration details.


Opus 148 Inaugural Festival

Thursday, April 5 – Saturday, April 7

An international roster of performers, teachers, and scholars lead a weekend-long series of performances, presentations, and workshops relating to aspects of the Italian organ art: repertoire, improvisation, performance practice, continuo playing, liturgy, pedagogy, and organ building.


Registration information: ccm.uc.edu/summer or 513.556.5662.


CCM Chamber Orchestra

Monteverdi Festival
CONTACT CCM ( ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice or 513.556.4183) regarding rescheduling.

Monteverdi Festival: Part I
Sunday, April 8 | 3:00 PM

Monteverdi Festival: Part II
Sunday, April 8 | 5:00 PM
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Chamber Choir, student soloists, and Early Music guest artists; Earl Rivers, conductor


CCM celebrates the newly installed C. B. Fisk organ in Christ Church Cathedral’s chapel with a Monteverdi Festival featuring madrigals from Books V, VI, VII, and VIII, and concertato works from the Selva Morale e Spirituale. Early Music guest artists playing period instruments join CCM students for a feast of chamber and large-scale works.