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CONCERT: Music for a Grand Space  Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.

CONCERT: Music for a Grand Space Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m.

By Carolyn Will in Events, News on 01/29/2019


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.



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!



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.



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

Save the Date:  Festival of Lights on October 4, 2018

Save the Date: Festival of Lights on October 4, 2018

By admin in Events, News on 04/30/2018

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 or call 651-300-6590.

Voices of Light Trailer

By admin in Events, Media on 09/15/2017

“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.

Cathedral rose window will be lit during Festival of Lights

Cathedral rose window will be lit during Festival of Lights

By admin in Events, Media, Projects on 09/15/2017

Cathedral of St. Paul Rose WindowIn 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.

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A St. Paul ediface for the ages

A St. Paul ediface for the ages

By admin in Events, Media on 09/15/2017

Cathedral of St. Paul | Cross overlooking city

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.

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At 100, St. Paul Cathedral is full of community

By admin in Events, Media on 09/14/2017

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.

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