The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Music

Heavenly Music for All Saints' Sunday

On Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m., the Cathedral Choir will offer the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, which is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and deeply profound sacred choral works in the entire history of music. This work is most often performed on concert stages in North America, so this will be a rare opportunity to experience it within the context for which it was written – a fully choral service of Holy Communion. Many people will attend the service to remember the life of a loved one who has passed into life eternal during the past year, and hear their names read aloud during the prayers, but this is transcendently beautiful music that offers hope and a palpable glimpse of heaven to all. The full Cathedral Choir will be joined by a chamber orchestra, underwritten as a gift from our Friends of Cathedral Music, using Duruflé’s orchestration for strings, harp, trumpets, timpani, and organ.

Bach: Magnificat! and Orchestral Suite No. 3

The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra once again teams up with the Cathedral Schola to present one of J.S. Bach’s most celebratory works. Prepare for a dazzling display of solos and choruses enhanced by a colorful array of instruments including trumpets, timpani, woodwinds and strings. Paired with the Magnificat is Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, a spirited tour de force including the soulfully atmospheric Air popularly known as the “Air on the G String.”

Afternoon Recitals Resume this Sunday

This Sunday, September 8, our weekly Sunday afternoon recital series resumes at 3:15 p.m. with an improvisation on the stained glass windows of the Cathedral by our Organist and Associate Choirmaster, Dr. Patrick A. Scott. We hope to have Patrick return many times in the future to perform on our recital series, but with his departure from the Cathedral at the end of this month, this may be the last opportunity for a while to hear him improvise in his typical masterly fashion. Don’t miss it!

The 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas

In celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday next year, pianist (and Cathedral coordinator for music) Timothy Gunter will perform all 32 piano sonatas in a series of eight recitals this summer and next. The piano sonatas of Beethoven have been regarded for more than a century as one of the hallmarks of the piano repertoire. The old saying among pianists for generations has been that if you can play all of the Beethoven piano sonatas, you should be able to play anything.

Is the Cathedral Choir for You?

Do you know someone who might enjoy singing in the Cathedral Choir? Perhaps you yourself? Contrary to the myth that our choirs consist solely of paid professionals, nearly 80 percent of our Cathedral Choir members are committed volunteers. If you have some ability to read music, a good sense of pitch, are able to commit to faithful attendance at rehearsals and services, and have an interest in singing in the specialized kind of choral ensemble that ours are – or someone you know matches this description – please contact the music office 404-365-1050 or music@cathedralATL.org to set up an audition. Everyone should sing in church, of course, but happily some people are called to this special music ministry. Make an appointment now, and together we can discern whether Cathedral Choir is right for you!

Choral Eucharist Sunday at 4 p.m.

In lieu of our weekly service of Choral Evensong, the Cathedral will feature a Choral Eucharist this Sunday at 4 p.m. Sung by the Cathedral Choir, music for the service will include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor, along with C.H.H. Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens. Come and worship in our marvelous sacred space with some great 20th century sacred music this Sunday afternoon. This will be the Cathedral’s final 4 o’clock service for this season. Sunday afternoon recitals and services will resume on September 8.

J.S. Bach to Wolfgang Mozart: A Little Night Music

Although J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart were not innovators of a new style, they both brought established styles to perfection and rightly remain among the most famous composers to this day. World-renowned Dutch cellist and conductor Jaap ter Linden joins us as guest director for this blockbuster program that features Bach’s virtuosic Fifth Brandenburg Concerto contrasted with his dark and soulful Violin Concerto in A minor, and Mozart’s famously effervescent Eine kleine Nachtmusik featuring a star-studded line-up of soloists.

Christmas Lessons and Carols 2018

The Cathedral Schola will lead our annual Festival of Nine Christmas Lessons and Carols by candlelight this Sunday, December 23 at 4 p.m. Biblical readings narrating the prophecy and birth of Jesus are illuminated by congregational carols and choral music of the Christmas season.
Our festival is modeled on the famous worship service at King’s College, Cambridge, which has become popular worldwide since World War II through annual radio broadcasts on Christmas Eve.

Choral Requiem Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday

All are invited to attend our annual Choral Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m. This year we will observe this holy occasion with the ancient and image-rich texts of the Requiem as set to music by Gabriel Fauré. His is one of the most beloved and frequently sung works in the sacred repertoire, yet it is rarely experienced in the context for which it was written: a fully choral service of Communion in celebration of the life of someone who has passed into life eternal. The orchestra, underwritten by our Friends of Cathedral Music, will use Fauré’s original, most intimate orchestration for strings, harp, French horns, and timpani. This is music of transcendent beauty, which generations of Christians have found to offer a profound glimpse of the hope, peace, and surpassing joy of heaven.

Moore-Wilkerson Continuo Organ Dedication This Sunday

All are invited to witness the sacred dedication of the Cathedral of St. Philip’s new six-stop continuo organ during Evensong this Sunday, September 30 at 4 p.m. The sound of this beautiful instrument is considerably more delicate than our principal organs in the Cathedral Nave and Mikel Chapel, since the pipes are much smaller and are scaled specifically for the performance of early music. The new continuo organ will find frequent use not only for concerts of baroque music, but also in the accompaniment of the Tudor and Restoration anthem repertoire that the Cathedral Choirs regularly offer during worship.

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