In Your Midst

A Photo Essay

March 2004

GREAT MUSIC FOR GREAT CATHEDRALS, under the direction of Dr. James Savage, is a celebration of music and light.  Parishioners (and husband and wife team) Alexandra Dickson and Timothy Lynch, both principals with PNB, danced a stunning accompaniment to Britten's Abraham and Isaac.

The Women of St. James Schola sing Alma Redemptoris Mater in honor of hte Blessed Virgin Mary.

(Left) Parishioner Kitty Kavanaugh created two silk angels which flew, glided, and danced over the heads of the audience.  (Right) Lighting designer Jeff Robbins helped people to see the Cathedral in new ways through color and light.

Great Music is one of the largest gatherings of brass in the city!  Here, the Cathedral Brass perform a work by Gabrieli.

The dramatic finale to the first part of the performance epitomizes Great Music:  color, light, theater, movement, costumes, cathedral treasures, and above all, music!  The Play of Daniel is thought to have been written and first performed by young people of the Cathedral School in Beauvais in France in the 12th century.

Annie Herring of Jubilate! is the Queen in the Play of Daniel, counseling King Belshazzar to listen to the words of Daniel.

(Left) The Schola Cantorum and Jubilate! sing Biebl's Ave Maria, looking toward the statue of the Blessed Mother in the North Transept.  (Right) Jenny Sokol performed the haunting violin solo in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sancta Civitas, the finale to this year's program.

In Sancta Civitas, the Cathedral soloists are transformed into four angels, resplendent in white and gold.

Text by Corinna Laughlin; photos by Maria Laughlin

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