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Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Great Music for Great Cathedrals was first presented in 1986.  More than a concert, Great Music uses music, light, movement, and narration to celebrate the role cathedral churches have played in art and history through the ages.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
This year's program begins at the beginning, with ancient Gregorian chant, sung by candlelight.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The children of the Youth Music Program burst onto the scene with Nostra phalans, a medieval song in praise of our patron, St. James.  Their colorful costumes suggest a medieval procession to the great shrine of St. James, Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Altar servers carry brightly colored banners in this festive procession...

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
...while members of the Cathedral Choir join in the refrain.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The young women of Jubilate! become a choir of nuns!

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
As Cathedral tenor Howard Fankhauser sings Rossini's magnificent "Cuius animam" from Stabat Mater, the servers give honor to the new Stations of the Cross by Cathedral iconographer Joan Brand-Landkamer.  This year's production of Great Music showcased the work of a number of parish artists.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The children sing an Easter song from Malawi in Africa.  The beautiful yellow banners were created by the sisters of Maula Convent, Malawi.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The amazing lighting design by Jeff Robbins lets us see the Cathedral as never before.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The magnificent processional Feierlicher Einzug by Richard Strauss is a Great Music tradition.  Here the women of the Cathedral Choir prepare to join the procession.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The Women of St. James Schola

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Men of the Cathedral Choir

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
By the conclusion of the Strauss, performed by the Cathedral Brass in the west gallery under the direction of Dr. James Savage, all the musical forces of the production - well over 100 singers! - as well as servers and stage crew, have gathered around the altar.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The golden banners, inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt, were created for the Cathedral by parishioner Kitty Kavanaugh.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Great Music is also an opportunity to show off some historic treasures of the Cathedral, like these splendid dalmatics.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Dr. Savage directs the Cathedral Choir in Widor's Surrexit a Mortuis, accompanied by Clint Kraus on the Rosales organ and Joseph Adam on the Hutchings-Votey.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Phil Snedicor's Caritas Abundat is a transcription for brass of a chant composed by St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Franz Biebl's Angelus is another Great Music favorite.  As the Angelus bell rings, the choirs gather around the illuminated image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Men of the Cathedral Choir...

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
...joined by Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble and the Schola Cantorum.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The Women of St. James Schola sing a setting of Psalm 8 by Thomas B. Stratman.  Tom Stratman, who died in 2008, also wrote many of the narrations used in the program.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The first half of the program concludes with music composed for two royal funerals:  that of Queen Mary II in 1694, and that of Queen Caroline in 1737.  Clint Kraus leads in the brass as Henry Purcell's funeral march is played.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The crown is a replica of Queen Mary's state crown, created by Cathedral chorister Daniel Clinton Baker.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
"Their bodies are buried in peace..."

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
"...but their name liveth evermore!"

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

- INTERMISSION -

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Following intermission, scenes from the medieval Play of Daniel are performedKing Belshazzar (chorister Gregory Phillips) receives the acclamations of his attendants (the Schola Cantorum).

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The King is terrified by the handwriting on the wall.  The Queen enters with her maidens, and tells Belshazzar to seek out Daniel, a wise man from the land of Judah.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Daniel (chorister Rohit Thomas) speaks the truth - "Thus I interpret the words on the wall, a warning of doom."  The wonderful poetry of W. H. Auden is brought to life by Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director of Seattle's ACT Theatre, who narrated this year's Great Music.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Belshazzar is defeated, and the Persian king Darius sits on his throne.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Stacey Sunde leads the Schola Cantorum.  "Rex in aeternum vive!"  "O King, live forever!"

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The Women of St. James Schola sing a 13th-century chant from Cologne, Alle psallite cum luya.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The music of Giovanni Gabrieli takes us to San Marco, Venice, in the 16th century.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The servers carry icons, evoking the connection of East and West characteristic of Venice.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Dr. James Savage conducts the Cathedral Cantorei in Schutz's Magnificat.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Joseph Adam performs Louis Vierne's Naiades.  Vierne was organiste titulaire at Notre Dame in Paris for more than thirty years.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
The program ends with "Deep River" from Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time.  Dancer J. Ian Randall performs the role of the "child of our time," a young Polish Jew whose 1938 execution inspired Tippett to compose this work.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
"Here is no final grieving, but an abiding hope.  The moving waters renew the earth.  It is spring."

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Dr. James Savage, joined by Joseph Adam, Cathedral Organist, and Dr. Clint Kraus, Cathedral Associate Organist, takes a bow after the last performance of Great Music.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Kurt Beattie, narrator (left) and Jeff Robbins, lighting designer, both made extraordinary contributions to this year's production of Great Music.

Great Music for Great Cathedrals 2010
Great Music is a result of the creativity, energy, and vision of Dr. James Savage.  BRAVO.  Thank you, thank you!  And thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who brought that vision to life!

Click here to go behind the scenes at Great Music 2010.

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Photos by M. Laughlin (c) St. James Cathedral, Seattle, 2010.

 

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