The University Singers, Chamber Singers, U of M Men’s and Women’s Choruses perform music that celebrates the acoustic splendor of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, conductors.
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary, seating is general admission and available on a first come, first seated basis.
VocalEssence 50th anniversary season will feature a performance at the Cathedral of St. Paul
“Music for a Grand Cathedral”; 2 p.m. Oct. 28; Cathedral of St. Paul: The St. Olaf Choir joins VocalEssence for Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor.
Planning is under way for the 2018 Festival of Lights to be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018. This date was chosen for its proximity to the 100th anniversary of the death of Archbishop John Ireland and our 2018 Festival of Lights will celebrate the man who made the Cathedral possible. Some surprises are in store, so look for special announcements and more information in he coming months.
The Festival of Lights serves as the major fundraiser for the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, the only entity charged with restoring, preserving and enhancing the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
This celebration will require many minds, hands, and hears as well as funding to bring it to fruition. If you are interested in helping, contact Quinn@dowellmgmt.com or call 651-300-6590.
“Voices of Light” is a stunning evening of music and film, merging Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful orchestral/choral score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn. Join conductor Matthew Mehaffey and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota for the Twin Cities premiere.
Voices of Light is a stunning evening of music and film, merging Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” widely considered to b e one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful orchestral/choral score by award – winning American composer Richard Einhorn.
In honor of the Second Annual Cathedral Festival of Lights, the East Rose Window will be lit over the front doors of the Cathedral of St. Paul from dusk until 10 p.m. on Sept. 28.
The public is encouraged to stop by and view the window, said Carolyn Will, spokesperson for the Cathedral.
Last year’s inaugural “Festival of Lights” event raised funds for the interior lighting in addition to other restoration projects.
This year’s “fund-a-need” will focus on adding the pontifical trumpet stop to the Great Cathedral Organs currently undergoing a much-needed restoration, Will said.
Original story from thecatholicspirit.com
Whatever our beliefs, the Cathedral of St. Paul is in some way or another ours.
Graceful and imposing, the structure has been an orienting presence on the landscape, drawing locals and tourists of all faiths to its doors, for a century.
A yearlong centennial celebration included Sunday’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated under the dome of the beloved “cathedral on the hill” — one of the so-called seven hills of the Saintly City.
On the hill — also known as St. Anthony Hill — “there’s no better site to put a monumental structure,” Twin Cities architecture expert Larry Millett said in a recent edition of the Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “The cathedral is much more visible in St. Paul than the Capitol.”
It was “designed as a monumental, muscular display of faith,” said Millett, also a former Pioneer Press reporter.
And so it remains.
A century ago, the dreams of an archbishop and his generous flock were realized in the first mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
For Palm Sunday, the polished floors of the Cathedral of St. Paul shine in mirror-like brilliance, reflecting a blaze of multicolored light streaming through the massive stained-glass rose windows.
Voices rising from the choir loft are accompanied by the triumphant blast of pipe organs as 1,000 or more worshipers gather under the copper-clad dome to celebrate mass.
It’s here, high atop a hill overlooking downtown St. Paul, where Catholics have come for the past century to worship and wed and pay tribute to those who have passed on.
And it’s here, over the next year, where they will return again and again to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a spiritual shrine through concerts and food drives and even a softball tournament.
At the heart of all the hoopla and history, however, the cathedral stands as an active community of faith.