Friends of Cathedral Music
The mission of Friends of Cathedral Music is “to enrich the life of the Cathedral of St Philip and the broader Atlanta community through the promotion of music to the glory of God.” It does this by sponsoring concerts by nationally and internationally renowned ensembles and solo artists in our beautiful sacred space, and by facilitating and helping to underwrite expenses related to the Cathedral choirs’ presentation of sacred choral masterworks which exceed the normal bounds of the Cathedral’s rich liturgical life. Occasionally Friends of Cathedral Music also commissions new musical settings of liturgical texts, thus enriching the sacred music repertoire available to the church at large, and contributing to the ongoing legacy of the Cathedral in Atlanta and the world we seek to serve.
This season we will have the privilege of presenting two of the world’s very finest choirs. The mixed Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge will open our choral concert season, and the men & boys of the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge will conclude it. The accolades both choirs have earned over the decades place them in a class with few others, and the extraordinary pleasure of hearing them live is an experience no one will want to miss!
We also look forward to the fourth season of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra as artists-in-residence. Since its inception in 1998, the ensemble has brought fresh, imaginative performances of instrumental works, sacred vocal and choral music, and opera to audiences throughout the Atlanta area and across the Southeast. The musicians of the ABO are skilled in the art of playing on historical instruments, employing specialized techniques and period rhetoric, and a palette of expressive instrumental colors to breathe new life into old music.
To conclude our season, we will have the pleasure of welcoming one of the most beloved and revered organists of our generation, Thomas Murray, as part of the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival 2020. Upon his retirement from Yale University in 2019, Professor Murray was named Organist Emeritus in recognition of a distinguished performing career spanning more than a half-century.
Music at the Cathedral of St Philip is able to exist at all because of the generous pledges made by members and friends of the Cathedral to its annual operating budget. We invite you to consider supporting Friends of Cathedral Music above and beyond your pledge. Annual membership in Friends of Cathedral Music is open to all by donation. Friends of Cathedral Music donors are acknowledged in the printed programs of events sponsored by the Friends, and receive an invitation to a special donor reception.
For the 2019-2020 season, we are delighted to announce that donors at the Saint, Seraphim, and Archangel levels will receive Patron tickets with preferred seating* to select concerts, according to the category of patronage.
Individual Donor levels are:
Saint: $1,000 and above
We invite you to peruse the details on the donor envelope inserted in this brochure. Donations may be made online or by check (payable to “The Cathedral of St Philip,” and designated in the memo line for “Friends of Cathedral Music”). Please use the attached envelope to make your donation, or simply go online and follow the link provided at www.cathedralATL.org/concerts.
Patron tickets may also be purchased separately for the choral concerts in our 2019-2020 series using the attached envelope, and online at www.cathedralATL.org/concerts, and from the Cathedral Book Store at (404) 237-7582. (*Patron tickets for concerts entitle the bearer to unreserved seats in the preferred seating section of the Cathedral nave, which will be held until ten minutes prior to each concert, after which vacant seats will be released to other ticketed concertgoers.) Corporate donations are also welcome; information may be obtained from the Music Office by emailing music@cathedralATL.org or by telephone at (404) 365-1050.
Members of Friends of Cathedral Music who wish to supplement their financial contribution with donations of time and talent are welcome to join in providing hospitality to visiting artists and audiences, or to participate in audience development with the object of transcending boundaries of demographics and faith.
Friends of Cathedral Music Board 2019–2020
Susan Carlisle, President
Mary Perrin, Vice President
Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, Secretary
Joan Gilbert, Treasurer
Dr Emile T. Fisher, Assistant Treasurer
Dale Adelmann, Canon for Music
Jack Mitchener, Organist & Artist in Residence
Mary Caroline Cravens
David Fishburn, Organist Emeritus
Barbara Day Miller
Lewis T. Park
Sally Hogsette Patton
William E. Pennington
Susan L. White
Dr W. Hamilton Williams III