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Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
Great Music for Great Cathedrals is a unique St. James Cathedral event.  While Dr. James Savage, Director of Music, is the creative and artistic director behind the entire project, some 400 volunteers bring this event to life.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
Dick Foley, narrator

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
This year's Great Music opened with the chanting of the Te Deum by candlelight.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The Women of St. James Schola

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The children burst on the scene with a song from the camino to Santiago,
Nostra phalans

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
A rousing Malawian Easter song--"Chimwemwe" asks:  "Why are you looking for the living Christ where the dead do rest in the tomb?  Christ is risen, now the tomb is empty!"  The colorful African fabric was made by nuns in Malawi.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
From the 20th-century Cathedral of Our Lady in Limbe, Malawi, we move to the 12th Century and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.  Howard Fankhauser, tenor, sings Peter Abelard's haunting O quanta qualia.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
A Great Music standard is Strauss' Feierlicher Einzug.  This grand processional has been performed at every Great Music.  Dr. James Savage conducts the organ and brass in the West Gallery as the piece begins.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The Cathedral Choir of St. James sings Statuit ei dominus by Arvo Part.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
Servers give honor to the symbols of the bishop's office:
the crosier, the mitre, and the chair.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
A St. James favorite is Franz Biebl's Ave Maria, sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir of St. James.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The Women of St. James Schola sing Ave Generosa by St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The finale of the first half is C. Hubert Parry's I was glad, composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble

INTERMISSION

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
As the second half begins, we travel to the 9th century Hagia Sofia with Kassia's Augustus the Monarch.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009


Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
At Notre-Dame de Paris, the Office of Tenebrae.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
Stephen Stubbs, Theorbo, and Maxine Eilander, Baroque harp

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
All the choirs join for Biber's magnificent Sanctus, composed in 1682 for the Cathedral of Salzburg

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
Paris, 1460s:  Alma Redemptoris Mater

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The Cathedral is bathed in blue light in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
Suddenly, we move to Tallinn, 1981, and the wonderful Arbos for trumpets, trombone, and percussion

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The women of the Cathedral Choir sing Laudi alla Vergine Maria by Giuseppe Verdi

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The Organ bathed in red light for Jean Langlais' Incantation pour un jour saint

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009
The finale of the program: a dramatic presentation of selections from Mendelssohn's St. Paul, in honor of the year of St. Paul

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009

Great Music for Great Cathedrals (c) St. James, Seattle, 2009


 

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