Bravura Concert Series at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston

Updated on April 25, 2020
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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 | Source

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. | Source

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. | Source

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.

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All Saints Catholic Church in Houston Heights
All Saints Catholic Church in Houston Heights | Source
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Side view of the church | Source
Front doors of the church
Front doors of the church | Source
View from the back looking towards the altar inside of All Saints Catholic Church
View from the back looking towards the altar inside of All Saints Catholic Church | Source
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View looking towards the back of the church | Source
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Inside the church | Source
Side view inside of All Saints Catholic Church
Side view inside of All Saints Catholic Church | Source
Partial view of arches, ceiling, and stained-glass windows
Partial view of arches, ceiling, and stained-glass windows | Source
Icons up by the altar at the front of the church
Icons up by the altar at the front of the church | Source

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.

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Beautiful stained-glass windows
Beautiful stained-glass windows | Source
Beautiful stained-glass windows
Beautiful stained-glass windows | Source
Beautiful stained-glass windows
Beautiful stained-glass windows | Source

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 | Source

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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.

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

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

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Diana Carol Abrahamson 

      2 months ago from Somerset West

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

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

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

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