In 1974,

The Historic Matthias Schwab Tracker Organ (1859) was rededicated in the Cathedral Basilica.

A tangible testament to the history of the

Diocese of Covington, Ky, the priceless instrument had been spared destruction when the

church which housed the organ was razed.

At the Basilica, an informal series of organ recitals followed this momentous event in the history of Covington, and quickly evolved into a full season with a series of programs.

 

The concerts began featuring not just the sound organ music, but expanded to choral, brass, and orchestral music.

The Greater Cincinnati music community

embraced this series format, word spread,

and now the Cathedral Concert Series celebrates

over four decades of concerts dedicated to

Western Sacred Music and classical music

which lifts hearts to God .

Under the artistic direction of the late

Dr. Robert J. Schaffer, with his wife,

the late Rita Avram Schaffer, the

Cathedral Concert Series flourished,

receiving local and national recognition in the

realm of sacred music series. In each season,

and in each concert, there is something for

listeners of all ages. Robert and Rita

performed on numerous concert occasions,

and began the presentation of

three annual programs - all of which are now the most heavily attended dates each year.

 

The Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols,

An Epiphany Epilogue, and the

J.S. Bach Birthday Musical Celebration

have all become patron favorites.

Of particular importance to the founders

was that these concerts would be offered with 

no admission charge -

and always open to the general public.

This model defines the mission of the

Cathedral Concert Series, the responsibility

of an active urban Cathedral; that is,

to provide outreach and access to the

greater community, regardless of one's

financial or spiritual disposition.

All are welcome to these memorable

concert events and we are honored to have

you visit our beautiful Cathedral Basilica.

With gratitude, the Cathedral Concert Series

has continued - by the grace of God, and

generosity of many long-time patrons making

only freewill offerings taken up at concerts.

Your generous financial support is

welcomed to continue the Series and help

make it possible to offer the public

free of any admission charge.

You are always welcome at

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Greg 

Dr. Gregory J. Schaffer

Cathedral Basilica Principal Organist and Choirmaster

Director, Cathedral Concert Series

Schwab Organ Restoration