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Bravura Concert Series at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston

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Looking towards the altar inside of All Saints Catholic Church in Houston

Looking towards the altar inside of All Saints Catholic Church in Houston

Bravura Concert Series

Our discovery of this ongoing Bravura Concert Series in the Houston Heights was a delight! We may or may not have found out about it on our own.

There are many daily events in this large metropolitan city of Houston. Even though we subscribe to the daily Houston Chronicle newspaper, we had never previously noticed the publication of these concert programs.

Tenor Angelo Ferrari is on the left standing next to my husband.

Tenor Angelo Ferrari is on the left standing next to my husband.

Angelo Ferrari

Our friend Angelo Ferrari, a world-class tenor, was performing at All Saints Catholic Church on April 24, 2016, at 5 pm. He had given a postcard advertising the event to my husband. It is for this reason that we decided to attend.

Angelo has been performing in concerts and operas around the world for more than 20 years. While we have not been to any of the great European opera houses, we do love hearing his voice on CDs and occasionally in person.

This was the first concert of 2016 with our friend Angelo Ferrari beautifully starting the night by singing Pieta Signore by Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682). He ended the night with Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924).

A local soprano by the name of Stacey Franklin did justice to several of the pieces, and she and Angelo collaborated on several operatic songs. What a night!

Accompanying the singers was pianist Dr. Frankie Kelly. She has worked with orchestras in multiple cities in and out of the United States. A beautiful Schimmel Concert Grand Piano was brought into the church furnished by Forshey Piano for this performance.

More concert series would follow in June, September, October, and sometime in November. The last date was still to be determined.

Following the concert, an award signed by the Mayor of Houston proclaimed April 24, 2016, as Angelo Ferrari Day. The wife of the Houston French Consul General presented the award.

Following the concert, an award signed by the Mayor of Houston proclaimed April 24, 2016, as Angelo Ferrari Day. The wife of the Houston French Consul General presented the award.

Concerts at All Saints Catholic Church

It was the first time that we had heard of this Bravura Concert Series. That is not too surprising since they started holding concerts in this historic 100-plus-year-old church only last year.

On July 2, 2015, a University of Houston Concert Chorale debuted this concert series. September 20, October 25, were two intervening dates, and a Francouer Chamber Music Society with a String Trio ended the concerts on November 15, 2015.

In the video below, you can get a small sampling of some performances at All Saints Catholic Church in 2015.

Bravura Meaning

On a brochure is printed the following:

“What is Bravura?

Bravura: Brilliant technique or performance, virtuosic

Bravura concert series is sponsored by the historic All Saints Catholic Church located in the Heights. Bravura presents professional-quality performances and does not charge admission for its concerts, relying solely on the generosity of good-will offerings and the support of its community.”

During the concert at intermission, a basket is passed, and people can voluntarily contribute what they wish.

Also printed on the brochure was the following:

"Experience Life through the Arts."

The visual, as well as auditory arts, are well represented during these concerts in this beautiful church! All of the concerts are on Sundays at varying times. Click on the source link at the bottom of this post to find out about upcoming shows.

Gothic Beauty

The All Saints Catholic Church is a beauty! It dates back to the year 1908 when it began, and it had a visiting pastor. This current Gothic-styled church was dedicated in 1928. Spectacularly stained glass windows depicting various saints add to the beauty of the church.

Robert Lentz Icons

What sets it apart from many other Catholic churches are the icons up by the main altar. A Franciscan friar by the name of Robert Lentz created them. He had studied Byzantine iconography under masters and has modernized them to blend the old and the new. In addition to the contemporary painting of the Trinity, more modern-day saints are also depicted.

You can see Brother Robert Lentz speak about the icons in the video below.

November 2019 Concert Titled Serata Lirica

Below is a photo that I took at the end of this particular concert with the people involved. Left to right, they are the following:

  • David Small, Baritone
  • Julia Engel, Soprano
  • Angelo Ferrari, Tenor
  • Gonzalo Ramos, Bravura Concert Series Artistic Director
  • Shawn Heller, Pianist
  • Reverend William A. Oliver, Pastor at All Saints Catholic Church

You can also hear our friend Angelo Ferrari singing Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot in the video that I recorded of him at this concert.

Participants from the November 2019 Bravura Concert

Participants from the November 2019 Bravura Concert

Location

I would highly recommend visiting the All Saints Catholic Church in the historic Houston Heights for this Bravura Concert Series. I am so glad that we discovered it because of our talented friend Angelo. We certainly intend to attend more of these concerts and hope that they continue long into the future.

All Saints Catholic Church is located at 215 E 10th Street, Houston, Texas 77008.

Source:

Bravura Concert Series at All Saints Catholic Church

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2020:

Hello Eldon,

In this Bravura concert series, they have a number of enjoyable events, including chorale groups at times. Glad you liked learning about them.

Eldon on August 05, 2020:

Sounds like a very fine series of classical performances. Bravo.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

The church is a beauty, and like you, we appreciate Angelo's singing voice. Those Bravura concerts are a treat!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 21, 2020:

Angelo Ferrari's voice is lovely and he sings very well. Beautiful church. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Angelo Ferrari certainly does have a beautiful voice. This recording is the first time I have ever tried doing it with my phone. I am glad that I got as much of it as I did.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 29, 2020:

You’re lucky to have such a talented friend. A beautiful vocalist.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

We agree that Angelo's voice is beautiful. He has sung in many places around the world.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 26, 2020:

What a beautiiful church to go and hear a wonderful cocert. I love the decor of the church and as you probably know I love stained glass. Angelo Ferrari's voice is surely beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Hi Linda,

I am pleased that you could hear Angelo's voice. For some odd reason, my husband cannot access it even though we share the same computer. So thanks for mentioning it. At least I now know that others can view and hear it.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 25, 2020:

What a beautiful and colorful church! The concert series sounds very enjoyable. I loved Angelo Ferrari's voice in your video.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

That is a beautiful church. Happy to be able to show it to you and others who read this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Hi Diana,

We have attended many enjoyable concerts there and will hopefully do so in the future when we can gather together again in groups.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 25, 2020:

I would certainly go to church there. The building is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Hi Bill,

I understand that there was also a concert in the Co-cathedral of the Houston / Galveston diocese this last year, but we missed getting to attend it. The Bravura concert series is a regular feature at this church in the Houston Heights.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on April 25, 2020:

What a wonderful venue, surrounded by beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. Such an amazing experience, Peggy.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 25, 2020:

A concert series in a Catholic church is a first for me. I am absolutely positive there is nothing like that in this area. Very cool!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

Hi Liz,

When my German friend lived here, we used to go to her Lutheran church and listen to Bach concerts. The acoustics in some churches make it perfect to hear concerts.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 25, 2020:

This sounds like a great experience. I noticed in Prague that many churches had classical concerts taking place in them.

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