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Cathedral of Saint Paul opens new museum exhibit Immigrants and the Cathedral: I was a stranger and you welcomed me

By Quinn Cheney in News on 10/29/2019

The Cathedral of Saint Paul debuts a new exhibit dedicated to the lasting and ongoing importance of immigrants to the church and community at large. Titled Immigrants and the Cathedral: I was a stranger and you welcomed me, the exhibit is now open to the public in the Cathedral’s lower level museum, 239 Selby Ave., Saint Paul, Minnesota. Street parking is widely available as well as free parking in the church parking 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.

Highlighting the important role immigrants played in constructing and supporting the Cathedral was a natural fit for the museum, according to Marilyn Burnett, University of St. Thomas art history graduate student and exhibit curator. “More than a century ago, Archbishop John Ireland pledged to have the Cathedral represent the population it served. He designed six chapels, known as the Shrines of Nations, which represented the key immigrant groups settling Minnesota in the early 1900s. Each chapel represented patron saints for each of the chosen countries as a place for immigrants to feel connected to their homeland (Italian, French Canadian, Irish, German and Eastern Europeans). The sixth chapel is dedicated to the multiplicity of other cultures and nationalities that also contributed to the Cathedral.” On average, 1 in 6 individuals born in Minnesota have at least one foreign-born parent. The museum aims to connect visitors with their family legacy of immigration and displays the detailed planning early church leadership devoted to building individual chapels that would provide connections to the immigrants’ homelands. The new exhibit also includes the unique history and relationship the Cathedral has with the Catholic Hmong community in Saint Paul.

 

The Cathedral’s enduring legacy is to serve many cultures and ethnicity’s, as was the intention when it was constructed. Cathedral museum hours:

  • Every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday noon to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday noon to 3 p.m.

Museum tours geared towards students are available upon request by contacting tour_information@cathedralsaintpaul.org. The Cathedral Archive Department has also created classroom activities for grades 1-12 to accompany the immigrant exhibit and is available on the Cathedral Heritage Foundation website: (Field Trip Notes).

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. Cathedral of Saint Paul is located at 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Street parking is widely available as well as free parking in the Selby church lt. Handicapped entrances are at the Upper Selby doors, and lower Dayton doors. For more details, call the Cathedral Information Desk at 651-228-1766.

Immigrants and the Cathedral is made possible by a grant from the Cathedral Heritage Foundation.

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.

 

Photo 1: A semi-circular ambulatory behind Cathedral Sanctuary connects the six unique chapels in the Shrines of Nations.

Photo 2: A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary dressed in traditional formal Hmong dress is on display in the Cathedral Museum, on loan from St. Vincent de Paul Campus of the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

 

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.

Palestrina Choir of Dublin  7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Palestrina Choir of Dublin 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019

By Carolyn Will in Events, Media, News on 02/27/2019

The Palestrina Choir from St.Mary’s pro-Cathedral if Dublin had its origins in a boys’ choir formed in the 1890s at St. Mary’s Place Christian Brothers School. General Admission. Freewill offering.

Virtuoso Organist, David Briggs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Virtuoso Organist, David Briggs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019

By Carolyn Will in Events, News on 02/27/2019

Celebrated English virtuoso David Briggs will perform his dramatic and colorful solo transcription of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (Tragic), showcasing the Cathedral’s two magnificent pipe organs. Admission to the general public is free with a suggested donation of $10.

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge (England) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge (England) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019

By Carolyn Will in Events, News on 02/27/2019

The world-famous ensemble of men and boys performs at the Cathedral of Saint Paul during a final tour of the United States prior to the retirement of its leader for the past 37 years, Stephen Cleobury. Purchase tickets through the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office.

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.

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