St. Noel Concert Series



March 8

Sunday  ~  4:00 p.m.

Choir of Hope, Orchestra of Hope and Lithuanian Choir Exultate

Gabriel Faure – Requiem D Minor Op. 48


Agnieszka Duda-Bieniek        Rita Cyvas-Kliorys 

Freewill offering to benefit Project Hope

(Lake County homeless shelter)

Part I: Compositions of Gabriel Faure, Ola Gjeilo and Clause Debussy Part II: Gabriel Faure- Requiem for choir and chamber orchestra Freewill offering and paper products as well as a travel-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioners, deodorants, toothpastes, etc.) will be collected to support the Lake County homeless shelter- Project Hope for the Homeless. Please join us for a small reception in the narthex after the concert.


March 15

Sunday  4:00 p.m.

CityMusic Cleveland

(Freewill offering)




John Clayton   


New World Revised

for Solo Bass & Chamber Orchestra

Dvorák Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Jazz selections played by The Spirit of the Groove


May 3

Sunday  ~  4:00 p.m.

St. Noel Music Ministry Concert

Ave Maria

(Freewill offering)


Agnieszka Duda-Bieniek    


St. Noel Church Choir         Youth Bell Choir             

        Adult Bell Choir               Instrumentalists   

Concert includes compositions based on the saints’ texts and prayers as well as of Marian songs. Please join us for a small reception in the narthex after the concert.


May 9

Saturday  ~  8:00 p.m.

Quire Cleveland


(Freewill offering)

Artistic Director

Jay White   


Resonant Glory: Music for Grand Spaces

Throughout the Renaissance, composers had the honor of writing music for specific choirs in unique churches and cathedrals around Europe. Northeast Ohio, having been settled by descendants familiar with such grand architecture, offers glorious spaces that lend themselves well to those ancient sounds. As the earth begins its return to life after the long winter, Quire Cleveland offers musical splendor to awaken the soul, highlighting double choir treasures and works in which grand spaces truly live.


May 10

Sunday  4:00 p.m.

CityMusic Cleveland

(Freewill offering)


Amit Peled   


Beethoven in Jeans

Beethoven Fidelio: Overture, op 72c

Beethoven Romance No. 1 for Violin in G Major

Beethoven Romance No. 2 for Violin in F Major

Beethoven Symphony no. 7, op 92, A Major


May 24

Sunday  ~  4:00 p.m.

Mignarda and Friends

(Freewill offering)


Donna Stewart, voice      Ron Andrico, lute

Jose Gotera, voice        Francy Acosta, voice

José Luis Posada, lute, baroque guitar  


Regina Caeli Laetare

Mignarda Ensemble, Cleveland’s early music duo, is pleased to be joined by local musician José Gotera (baritone) and special guests from Chicago Francy Acosta, and José Luis Posada. All three guests are alumni of the Case Western Reserve program in Early Music. In this concert you will hear Spanish renaissance music featuring voices and lutes. The concert will highlight music of the season with sacred motets as well as four different settings of the Marian antiphon Regina cæli lætare by Franciso Guerrero (c.1528 – 1599), Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553), and Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548 – 1611). In addition to a cappella polyphony, the sublime sound of one or more lutes will feature prominently in the concert program, as was quite common in 16th-century Spanish liturgical music.


October 18

Friday   7:30 p.m.


CityMusic Cleveland

(Freewill offering)


Amit Peled   


Between Two Giants

Mozart Symphony no. 35

Bruch Kol Nidrei

Montgomery Strum

Haydn Symphony no. 104


October 27

Sunday  3:00 p.m.

St. Noel Music Ministry Singalong

Tribute Concert to St. Louis Jesuits

(Freewill offering)


Agnieszka Duda-Bieniek   

Come and join us in singing well known and loved songs written by The St. Louis Jesuits: Dan Schutte, Fr. John Foley, Fr. Bob Dufford, Tim Manion and Fr. Roc O’Connor. Listen to the stories of 45 years of friendship and music between these five composers and to our parishioners’ testimonials about the power of the St. Louis Jesuits’ songs.


November 3

Sunday  4:00 p.m.

Afternoon with Chopin

Piano Concert

(Freewill offering)


Konrad Binienda         Jiana Peng  

Pianists Dr. Konrad Binienda and Jiana Peng come to St. Noel to share the stage in an evening of music by Fryderyk Chopin. Both pianists specialize in the music of the Polish composer and have been touring in the United States, Europe, and Asia with solo recital and collaborative programs. Binienda will come to St. Noel fresh off the world premiere of his orchestration of Chopin’s Allegro de Concert Opus 46, performed with the acclaimed Royal Philharmonic and Maestro Grzegorz Nowak in Lodz, Poland in October, 2019. Ms. Peng started her artistic collaborations this past summer with world-renowned Portuguese pianist Maria Joaoa Pires, sharing the stage in recitals in Spain and Portugal.



December 1

Sunday  4:00 p.m.


(Freewill offering)


Donna Stewart, voice      Ron Andrico, lute   



Magnum Mysterium

Duo Mignarda, Cleveland’s resident early music specialists, return to St. Noel to perform Advent and Christmastide music for solo voice and lute from their two critically-acclaimed CDs. The Duo’s program will feature a selection of seasonal sacred music from the 15th-17th centuries, with settings of the moving Christmas motet, O Magnum Mysterium, as well as familiar and traditional English, Irish, French, and German carols performed with transporting historical sensitivity, and with the Duo’s signature warmth.


December 8

Sunday 4:00 p.m.

St. Noel Music Ministry

(Freewill offering)


Agnieszka Duda-Bieniek   


St. Noel Church Choir

Youth Bell Choir        Adult Bell Choir

               Soloists          Instrumentalists   



Traditional and contemporary Christmas songs from around the world. Please join us for a small reception in the narthex after the concert.


December 11

Wednesday  7:30 p.m.

Apollo’s Fire

Christmas Oratorio – J. S. Bach

Guest Conductor

Julian Wachner   


Molly Netter, soprano   Daniel Moody, countertenor Steven Soph, tenor       Jesse Blumberg, baritone Apollo’s Singers   

Bach’s festive Christmas Oratorio is a feast of orchestral colors, with trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, bassoon, and strings. Guest conductor Julian Wachner, along with concertmaster Olivier Brault, leads Parts 1, 2, 5 & 6 of the oratorio.

Tickets can be purchased by phone: 216.320.0012,

Toll Free: 800.314.2535 or via e-mail: [email protected]


December 15

Sunday  5:00 p.m.

CityMusic Cleveland

(Freewill offering)


Stefan Willich


Fire and Ice

Rossini Overture to Cinderella

Suk Meditation on the old Czech chorale “St. Wenceslas”

Haydn Symphony No.59 (“Fire”)

Corelli Christmas Concerto, Op.6, no.8

Mozart German Dances, K.605 (“Sleigh Ride”)

Humperdinck Knusperwaltzer (Gingerbread Waltz)

Tchaikovsky Prayer from Suite No. 4 (“Mozartiana”)

de Falla Ritual Fire Dance




SUNDAY, May 5th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Come to the Feast

St. Noel Music Ministry invites to our free Spring Concert . Soloists, Church Choir, Youth and Adult Bell Choirs under direction of Agnieszka Bieniek will present joyful music for all. Spend Sunday, May 5th at 4:00 pm with us and stay for the free refreshments after the concert.





FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.



Avner Dorman


Tessa Lark, violin

Edward Arron, cello


Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op.102
Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.73

CityMusic’s season-opening program brings together Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, the last of his masterful works for orchestra, performed by internationally renowned soloists Tessa Lark and Edward Arron, and the sunny Symphony No. 2, which the composer himself said “sounded so merry and tender it was as though it were especially written for a newly wedded couple.”




SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018 at 3:0o p.m.

Singers Companye, the Chamber Choir

Companye Strings & Robert Mollard, keyboard artist

Artistic Director:

Samuel Gordon


“Unclouded Day”

Free will offering

From Gregorian to jazz to the intricate choral textures of the world’s most exciting young composers, this is an extraordinary program that Cleveland Classical described as

“assured performances of modern choral works by 45 voices that produced colorful tapestries of tone.” Daniel Hathaway’s review of this particular program also stated that “throughout the program, the well-trained ensemble produced vibrant, well-blended choral sound crowned with powerful climaxes….it was clear that Singers Companye was in full control of their challenging repertoire.” (April, 2018, Mary Queen of Peace, Cleveland).

_________________________________Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 7:30 pm 


Friday, November 16th at 7:30pm, internationally-renowned early music specialists Mignarda will make their first appearance at St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Mignarda has assembled a fine ensemble of Cleveland-area vocalists including Malina Rauschenfels and José Gotera, and will perform a sacred concert that will feature Missa Ave Maris Stella by Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548 – 1611), and an exquisite selection of motets dedicated to the Virgin Mary by Victoria and Franciso Guerrero (c.1528 – 1599).

Free-will offering; free off-street parking


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

St. Noel Music Minsitry

“Rejoice! Rejoice!”


Agnieszka Bieniek


FRIDAY, APRIL27, 7:30 p.m.


 Les Délices (Debra Nagy, artistic director) and Quire Cleveland (Ross Duffin, artistic director) join forces for an exciting program of French Baroque music. Violins, oboes, flutes, bassoon, chorus, and a thrilling team of rising-star vocal soloists will perform resplendent, rarely-heard sacred works by Rameau and Mondonville. Les Délices regular (and director of Boston’s acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron) Scott Metcalfe will serve as guest conductor and “lovely high tenor” Owen McIntosh returns to sing the modern premiere of Lefebvre’s Conserva me, a beautifully poignant work with echos of Rameau. This is a concert not to be missed!  Tickets can be purchased at


St. Noel Music Ministry

Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.







Concert Season 2015-2016

              St. Noel Music Ministry

            Friday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

(Date and time of the concert are changed from the Concert Series Brochure)

Pentecost 2013 13


  Apollo’s Fire 

Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.

A Harlequin Romance

“ How rumbustious these artists can be.
Steven Player is a dancer of uninhibited vitality. He twisted, leaped and stomped with violinist Julie Andrijeski….a triumphant close.” 


Steve Player and Julie Andrijeski

Steven Player
Julie Andrijeski

Concert Program

Suites from Overture Burlesque & Don Quixote

J.S. Bach
Concerto for Two Violins

The escapades of Harlequin and his girlfriend Columbine were the delight of the Renaissance in the popular Commedia dell’artestreet theatre. These colorful characters come to life as dancers Steve Player, Julie Andrijeski and friends interpret Telemann’s lively character suites. (Warning: other musicians might dance out of their seats as well in this rambunctious program!) Olivier Brault and Johanna Novom set sparks flying in Bach’s fiery Double Violin Concerto.


 Apollo’s Fire 

Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Meredith Hall, soprano

Steve Player, guitar/dancer
Ensemble La Nef of Montréal
Sylvain Bergeron, director/archlute

Jeannette Sorrell, director

Back by popular demand! Now a best-selling CD and DVD, this program is a tapestry of mystical Scottish Gregorian chant, ancient pagan carols, Celtic fiddle tunes & joyous dances – featuring highlights from a medieval Scottish Vespers service. The program returns to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the second time – but catch it here at home!


CityMusic Cleveland

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Joseph Haydn Sinfonia Concertante, op.84

Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons , op.8, Winter

Astor Piazzolla The Four Seasons, Spring

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony Nr. 41, K551, C major (Jupiter)


CityMusic Cleveland

Friday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.



Avner Dorman


Sayaka Shoji 


Johannes Brahms
 Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77

Robert Schumann Symphony No.1 in B flat, Op.38 (Spring)


Concert Season 2014-2015

Apollo’s Fire- “The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.”

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasonsrediscovered 

Apollo’s Fire shakes the dust off these pieces by the hit pop composer of the 18th century.  Violinist Olivier Brault takes on the Four Seasons, while Julie Andrijeski, Johanna Novom & René Schiffer set sparks flying in double-concertos. Tickets available at phone: 216.320.0012
toll-free: 800.314.2535 or email: [email protected]



February 1,2015 at 4:00 p.m.

American Musical Theatre



Castle of the Soul:

A Contemplative Prayer Experience for ALL

Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Castle Interior 8

St. Noel Concert Choir, Liturgical Dancers, Readers and Instrumentalists invite you

  for this unique prayer service which includes:
Songs of contemplation and consolation written by Tony Alonso, Liam Lawton, Chris de Silva,
Readings from the texts of St.
Teresa of Avila, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Francis de Sales, St. Augustine, Thomas Merton, and Cardinal Leo Josef Suenens
Dancers, candles, and bells.



Concert Archive

Epiphany Concert

  January 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.


Epiphany Concert,
Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.


Come and conclude the Christmas Season with our St. Noel Music Ministry. Listen to new and familiar Christmas music. If you like to sing, be ready to join us with some seasonal songs. Concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek Director of Music Ministry at St. Noel at [email protected] or 440.946.0887 ex.19
Program: Christmas songs from Renaissance to 21st Century presented by soloists, chamber instrumental groups, Youth Bell Choir and Adult Bell Choir, Concert Choir and Adult Choir.
Conductor: Agnieszka Duda-Bieniek


Arsis – Estonian Bell Choir & Rémi Boucher – Guitar

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Arsis handbell ensemble and Rémi Boucher are taking us to the musical walk around the world. In the first part of the concert, pieces by well-known composers, like Grieg, Bach, Boccherini or Mozart, can be heard. Boccherini’s “Fandango“ (III movement from Quintet No 4), which is very popular among string players, has never been performed by handbells. We will hear a special arrangement made for Rémi and Arsis. The second part is dedicated to the folk music. A rich emotive power through lullabies, shepherd’s tunes and folk stories is given by the handbells and a guitar.

Born in Rouyn-Noranda (Québec, Canada), Rémi Boucher is the first guitarist who have won the Canada Council for the Arts Sylva Gelber Award. In addition to his many national and international prizes, in less than 18 months, Rémi Boucher has conquered Europe, America and Asia winning unanimously the first prize of five of the most important international music competitions (Alessandria in Italy, Andrès Segovia in Palma de Mallorca in Spain, Havana in Cuba, Mauro Guiliani in Turin, and Fernando Sor in Roma).

Rémi has had the pleasure of being invited to perform with many major orchestras all over the world, performing all of the major guitar concertos. He regularly performs recitals, gives master classes and judges at many of the most important competitions, music festivals and universities around the world. He is currently working as a guitar professor in Conservatory of Quebec, CA.

More information about Rémi:

Arsis Handbell Ensemble, which was developed in 1993, today consists of eight players and one of the most perfect sets of handbells, including 7+4 octave sets of handbells and 7 octave set of handchimes. All the handbells have been made in the USA, Malmark bell factory.

The ensemble has toured in different places of the world – Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, Belgium, USA, Portugal, Poland. One of the most exotic places was the Republic of South Africa where Arsis participated in Eisteddfod festival and was honoured the highest prize Grand Prix. Arsis has also represented Estonia in several cultural programs abroad. The remarkable honour has been to play for the Royal Family in Spain.

Arsis is playing mostly arrangements of classical music but also a lot of original music. The ensemble has played with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, with different choirs, solo instruments and solo voices. Six CDs have been released by now. More information about Arsis activities:

You can find us also in Facebook by names: “Arsis Handbell Ensembles” / “Rémi Boucher, guitariste”

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