St. Catharine Church Concert Series

Join us for our acclaimed Concert Series: Saint Catharine Church proudly continues our wonderful series of musical and cultural events in 2017!
All Saint Catharine Concerts are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Freewill offering accepted.
Location: Saint Catharine Church 215 Essex Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762.
Join us for performances of the highest caliber in Saint Catharine’s glorious sanctuary space. Treat yourself and your family!


February 5th, 3pm: Ocean Grove Violins, Holly Horn, principal Director. Chamber music, quartet, cello, violin solo, piano accompaniment by Dr. Jarred Tafaro. Joined by talented university age musicians.

February 26th, 3pm: Katherine Lipow, Soprano, with pianist Eric Petterson, classical art song and aria selections.

March 5th, 3pm: Caritas Chamber Chorale, Barbara Sanderman, Director. Unrelenting Love: Chorale Selections for the First Sunday of Lent.

Sunday, March 26th, 3pm: St Patrick’s Day musical interlude: Singer/song writer Frank Banafato, returns from national tour for St. Patty’s in Spring Lake! Performs popular guitar and vocal selections, Folk/Americana/Irish inspired songs.

Sunday, April 2nd, 3pm: Piano Recital: Dr. Jarred Tafaro, Director of Music at Saint Catharine, performs Bach English Suite in D Minor, BWV 811 and Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”

April 23rd, 4pm: Atlantic Wind Ensemble in concert, Dennis T. Eschbach, Director.

May 21st, 3:30pm: Winner(s) of NJ Suburban Music Study Club Scholarship Competition.

June 4th 3pm: Dr. Nikita Fitenko from Catholic University, Washington DC, with guest Italian artists, Lucia Margherita Marino, principal clarinet with Turin Philharmonic and Turin Opera, and Tamara Bairo, principal viola player with Rai orchestra and Turin Philharmonic, in concert at Saint Catharine. Performance includes Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio, K. 498 and Bruch Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano Op. 83.

June 11th, time TBD: Ancient Prayers for Our Time: Two Mass settings with string orchestra. Caritas Chamber Chorale, Barbara Sanderman, Director, with String Orchestra, Maria Ramsay, Concert Mistress.

July 16th, 7pm: Songs of Praise Extravaganza: Ocean Grove Festival and Saint Catharine Choirs, with Dr. Cindy Bell, conductor, and Dr. Jarred Tafaro, piano; CDA student poetry winners from St.Rose and St. Catharine schools and other guest performers.

August 6th, 3pm: Dr. Hendry Wijaya, President of New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association, performs solo piano repertoire.

October 1st, 3:30pm: Winner(s) of NJ Suburban Music Study Club Scholarship Competition.

To be re-scheduled: Dr. Nikita Fitenko, Professor of Piano, Catholic University of America. Performs Russian piano music including Tchaikovsky Op. 19 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.


Concert dates/times subject to adjustments. Please refer to this weekly add as additional concerts are schedules, particularly in the Summer. For more information contact Director of Sacred Music, Dr. Jarred Tafaro, at Saint Catharine rectory, 732-449-5765.