Author: Quinn Cheney

8th Cathedral Festival of Lights Gala Invites the community to support ‘Minnesota’s most iconic building’

By Quinn Cheney in Media on 09/12/2019

The 8th Cathedral Festival of Lights gala, sponsored by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, invites the community for a special evening of tours, music, a spotlight presentation, fine dining catered by the Saint Paul Hotel, and a live auction, Thursday, October 3, from 6 – 9:00 p.m. at the Cathedral, 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. The event will be hosted by KSTP TV Anchor/Reporter Tom Hauser. Proceeds from the event will help restore the historic Cathedral monument. CHF has created two ticket levels:  $75 for reception only and $175 for reception plus dinner, and sponsorship levels are also available. Register here or learn more at www.cathedralheritagefoundation.org.

“This is a special night when we invite guests into the Cathedral after it has normally closed for a one-of-a-kind event,” said Mary E. Schaffner, Cathedral Heritage Foundation Board Chair.  “It’s an opportunity to connect with this historic landmark church. Once you hear the stories of the people who designed and built this beloved church and landmark, we know you will want to support our on-going restoration and preservation work.”

This year, the fundraising will focus on starting restoration of the sacristy, the domed space beneath the famous “Angel in Prayer,” statue at the back of the Cathedral. The sacristy is a key gateway both to revered sacred and public space in the Cathedral—the high altar and the Shrine of Nations, with its newly restored windows—and also the repository for historic liturgical vessels, vestments, books, and processional crosses and croziers, each of which is a treasured item regularly used in the Cathedral’s parish’s religious life and in its public celebrations.

 

Here’s a list of CHF’s key accomplishments since its founding 12 years ago:

LaFarge and Connick stained glass windows restored 2018-2019           $144,000

Eighteen stained glass windows created by two of the finest American craftsmen of the past century underwent a complete restoration.

Light the Cathedral 2016-18            $144,502

Upgraded the light fixtures to support LED energy-efficient bulbs and improved overall brightness on the main church level.

Historic 244 Dayton Purchase 2016            $800,000

Purchased the original 1920’s chancery building at 244 Dayton, plus adjacent property to preserve the historic Cathedral campus.

Rose Windows 2015              $196,655

Restored the north and south Rose windows with lead alloy frames made to withstand extremes in fluctuating temperatures.

Let it Shine! 2014                  $118,600

Repaired, honed and polished the 100-year-old marble floors on the main level. It encompassed 13,500 square feet and 35 varieties of marble.

SOUND OFF! 2010-2013      $3.4 million

Restored and enhanced the Cathedral’s two historic pipe organs. Added 1,000 pipes, casework, two new consoles, choir seating, plus improved heating and lighting in the gallery.

Visit the Cathedral of Saint Paul, open Sunday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy the quiet solitude, listen to organ rehearsal, take a self-guided tour. Guided tours are led Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. for a $2 suggested donation per person. More information on tours.

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is a non-profit, non-sectarian, historic preservation, cultural and arts organization established to preserve, restore, and enhance the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The CHF is governed by a Board of Curators (Directors) responsible for the organization’s oversight. Our Board of Curators is comprised of individuals from the Twin Cities community with diverse business, professional, and community volunteer backgrounds. Collectively, we are committed to preserving, restoring, and enhancing the Cathedral of Saint Paul as a civic and architectural landmark, and promoting its use as a venue for cultural, educational, and artistic events for the entire community. See board list.

October 3, 2019 – 8th Cathedral Festival of Lights.

By Quinn Cheney in Uncategorized on 09/04/2019

The 8th Cathedral Festival of Lights gala, sponsored by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, invites the community for a special evening of tours, music, a spotlight presentation, fine dining catered by the Saint Paul Hotel, and a live auction, Thursday, October 3, from 6 – 9:00 p.m. at the Cathedral, 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN. The event will be hosted by KSTP TV Anchor/Reporter Tom Hauser. Proceeds from the event will help restore the historic Cathedral Sacristy. Register here or learn more at www.cathedralheritagefoundation.org.

“This is a special night when we invite guests into the Cathedral after it has normally closed for a one-of-a-kind event,” said Mary E. Schaffner, Cathedral Heritage Foundation Board Chair.  “It’s an opportunity to connect with this historic landmark church. Once you hear the stories of the people who designed and built this beloved church and landmark, we know you will want to support our on-going restoration and preservation work.”

This year, the fundraising will focus on starting restoration of the sacristy, the domed space beneath the famous “Angel in Prayer,” statue at the back of the Cathedral. The sacristy is a key gateway both to the Sanctuary and the six Shrines of the Nations, with their newly restored windows—and also the repository for historic liturgical vessels, processional crosses and croziers, each of which is regularly used in the Cathedral’s liturgical celebrations.

 

Here’s a list of CHF’s key accomplishments since its founding 12 years ago:

 

LaFarge and Connick stained glass windows restored 2018-2019           $144,000

Eighteen stained glass windows created by two of the finest American craftsmen of the past century underwent a complete restoration.

 

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Light the Cathedral 2016-18            $144,502

Upgraded the light fixtures to support LED energy-efficient bulbs and improved overall brightness on the main church level.

 

Historic 244 Dayton Purchase 2016            $800,000

Purchased the original 1920’s chancery building at 244 Dayton, plus adjacent property to preserve the historic Cathedral campus.

 

Rose Windows 2015              $196,655

Restored the north and south Rose windows with lead alloy frames made to withstand extremes in fluctuating temperatures.

 

Let it Shine! 2014                  $118,600

Repaired, honed and polished the 100-year-old marble floors on the main level. It encompassed 13,500 square feet and 35 varieties of marble.

 

SOUND OFF! 2010-2013      $3.4 million

Restored and enhanced the Cathedral’s two historic pipe organs. Added 1,000 pipes, casework, two new consoles, choir seating, plus improved heating and lighting in the gallery.

 

Visit the Cathedral of Saint Paul, open Sunday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy the quiet solitude, listen to organ rehearsal, take a self-guided tour. Guided tours are led Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. for a $2 suggested donation per person. More information on tours.

 

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is a non-profit, non-sectarian, historic preservation, cultural and arts organization established to preserve, restore, and enhance the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The CHF is governed by a Board of Curators (Directors) responsible for the organization’s oversight. Our Board of Curators is comprised of individuals from the Twin Cities community with diverse business, professional, and community volunteer backgrounds. Collectively, we are committed to preserving, restoring, and enhancing the Cathedral of Saint Paul as a civic and architectural landmark, and promoting its use as a venue for cultural, educational, and artistic events for the entire community. See board list.

October 10, 2019 – Cathedral of Saint Paul hosts world renowned organ prodigy Adam J. Brakel 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019 – Cathedral of Saint Paul hosts world renowned organ prodigy Adam J. Brakel 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019

By Quinn Cheney in Events, News on 08/28/2019

(Saint Paul, Minn.) The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is thrilled to announce the upcoming performance by concert organist Adam J. Brakel, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota. A suggested donation of $15 will be collected at the doors. Street parking is widely available as well as free parking in the Selby church lot. Handicapped entrances are at the Upper Selby doors, and lower Dayton doors. For more details, call the Cathedral Information Desk at 651-228-1766.

The spell-binding and artistically masterful performances of Brakel have led to his being compared to Liszt, Gould, Bernstein, and Paganini. National Public Radio hailed him as “an absolute organ prodigy, with the technique and virtuosity that most concert pianists could only dream of…He is the Franz Liszt of the organ.”

Brakel’s celebrated performances span the globe—from coast to coast in the United States to across Europe and Asia. His expansive repertoire includes the entire spectrum of styles. Brakel’s performance highlights include the complete works of César Franck, and, most notably, the fiendishly difficult Six Etudes of Jeanne Demessieux, of which Adam is one of the few organists in the world to have performed and recorded in its entirety. Adam’s program at the Cathedral will include the works of Demessieux, along with Widor, Sousa, James P. Johnson, Henry Martin, Sowerby, Bizet and Mendelssohn.

In addition to his concert career, Adam was most recently appointed Director of Music for St. James Cathedral and the Diocese of Orlando, Florida.

The Cathedral of Saint Paul has two pipe organs, an E.M. Skinner Organ, and Aeolian-Skinner Organ, both of which underwent a complete restoration and expansion between 2010-2013 by Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. The two organs now have a combined 94 ranks of pipes for a total of 5,848 pipes ranging in size of over 32′ in length, to as small as a ballpoint pen.

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation is an independent volunteer 501 (c)3 community organization. Since its founding in 2007, the CHF’s stated mission has been “to preserve the Cathedral as an historic monument and a community treasure,” as well as to support the Cathedral as a venue for the arts and education.

The Cathedral is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors are welcome to join guided tours of the Cathedral, Tuesday—Friday at 1pm. Visitors may also take a private walking tour or a virtual tour at cathedralsaintpaul.org/visit-us.

EXPERIENCE BACH’S SAINT JOHN PASSION AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL

EXPERIENCE BACH’S SAINT JOHN PASSION AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL

By Quinn Cheney in Events, Media, News on 11/05/2018

Friday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the SPCO in the stunning Cathedral of Saint Paul, sponsored in part by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation.
This special performance of Bach’s 

Saint John Passion has very limited seats remaining, so order your tickets before they sell out!

 

TICKETS AND CONCERT INFORMATION

Friday | Nov 2 | 8:00pm 

Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul

 

Bach: Saint John Passion

Jonathan Cohen, conductor

Nicholas Mulroy, tenor – Evangelist

Matthew Brook, bass – Jesus

William Berger, baritone – Pilate

Joélle Harvey, soprano

Tim Mead, countertenor

Nick Pritchard, tenor

The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists; prepared by Matthew Olson and Matthew Culloton

 
Artistic Partner and early music expert Jonathan Cohen leads the SPCO in one of Bach’s seminal works — his Saint John Passion. This oratorio was written for Good Friday in 1724, using the German translation of the Gospel of Saint John. Joined by a stellar cast of vocal soloists with chorales sung by The Singers, these performances in the Cathedral of Saint Paul and the acoustically exquisite Ordway Concert Hall are certain to be highlights of the 2018.19 season.

 

THANK YOU from SPCO!

The SPCO extends its warmest thanks to these generous donors for making these performances and video capture of Bach’s Saint John Passion possible.

7th Cathedral Festival of Lights

7th Cathedral Festival of Lights

By Quinn Cheney in News on 11/05/2018

Thank you all for venturing out on a blustery evening to support the restoration and preservation of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
Our photographer captured all the highlights:

  • Baroque organ music and tours
  • Ireland is in the House performance
  • Guided spotlight presentation by

Fr. Ubel

  • Reaching the tent before the heavy rain and raising our paddles for Cathedral restoration projects

 

You can see all the photos on the CHF Facebook page for easy sharing, or

see the full album on our site here.

Special thanks to the photographer, Katie Worple.

Warmly,

Mary E. Schaffner

CHF, Board Chair