7:30 pm -- MARK KONEKWO, organ

  • 10 Dec 2013
  • 7:30 PM
  • Church of the Gesu, Milwaukee
Church of the Gesu

Mother of Good Counsel Church, Milwaukee
Carillonneur, Marquette University

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:30 pm

1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

Gesu Parish is pleased to present Dr. Mark Konewko as guest artist for our monthly organ concert on Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. Mark has an impressive and multi-faceted career that includes organ and carillon performance, choral music directing, and composing. Dr. Konewko holds the positions of Director of Music at Mother of Good Counsel Church in Milwaukee, and Carillonneur and Director of the University Chorus at Marquette University.

Specializing in early Middle Ages, Baroque, and 20th and 21st century organ music, he has directed choirs and performed on organ and carillon throughout the United States and Europe, including Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy. Closer to home, he gives voice to the carillon at Marquette University, the beautiful sounds of which we at Gesu and Marquette love and welcome when its melodies and the hours of the day peal forth from it.

As the Director of the University Chorus at Marquette, in addition to his chorus development and conducting responsibilities there, he has also led choral concert tours, including a performance at the White House in Washington D.C. for President Obama’s Holiday Open House in 2011. In an earlier concert tour to Italy, he led the 80-voice combined choirs from the parishes of St. Robert in Shorewood, Holy Family in Whitefish Bay, and St. Eugene in Fox Point in performances for Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s in Rome; at San Marco in Venice; and at the Cathedral of St. Francis in Assisi.

A composer as well, Dr. Konewko has written music for numerous productions at Marquette’s Helfaer Theater, including Chekov’s Cherry Orchard, and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. He enjoys the orthodox and the innovative in music, specializing in Early Italian music; the American folk tradition; and contemporary performance art.

Dr. Konewko holds both Doctor of Philosophy and Master in Business Administration degrees from Cardinal Stritch University, as well as a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from DePaul University. Awards he has received include the Gold Medal of Recognition for Medieval Music, Grande Maestro, from the Palio Association, Badia Tedalda.; a Scholarship to the Netherlands School of Carillon, The Netherlands; and a Certificate of Excellence in Carillon Performances from the University of Utrecht, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

No admission fee; free will offerings are accepted and appreciated.  Free parking information can be found on the parish website,

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