Our annual retreat for all Cathedral Choristers and for new, incoming Choristers and their parents, of rising second and third graders will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7 at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee.
A payment of $150 is required for each parent or non-Chorister family member who will attend; please register here. There is no charge for Choristers. Be sure to register by Friday, August 23. After that date, the cost will be $175. For more information, please contact Mary Ward by email or call 615.496.3761.
Pre-Evensong concert at 3:30 p.m. by Will Thomas, Director of Music, Christ the King Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona. Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael Velting, Canon for Music; Joseph O'Berry, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, organ.
Free and open to the public. Reception following.
"The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (1975) piano, by Frederic Rzewski. One of Rzewski's most recognized piano works was composed as a collection of 36 variations on the Chilean song, "El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido" by Sergio Ortega.
Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938) is an American composer and pianist. In the 1960's, Rzewski emerged as one of the leading figures in American avant-garde movement. Throughout his career, Rzewski took special interest in social and political issues around the world and would draw inspiration from them for his compositions.
Performed by pianist Matthew Phelps, Director of Music at West End Methodist Church.
Suggested donation: $15, $5 students
This six-hour musical event is a gift to Bach aficionados from top-flight local instrumentalists and vocalists, who celebrate the master in traditional and creative ways. Light refreshments and souvenirs on sale throughout the evening. Come for all or part!
Free and open to the public.
The youngest of three titular organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Vincent Dubois has been hailed for his “stunning performances” of major works for organ. One critic wrote, “He plays with consummate passion and breathtaking virtuosity, yet with absolute technical control.” Reception following.
Sponsored by Gene Russell.
View program here.
Join us for Parish Choir Sunday on March 17! We will meet at 10 a.m. in the Choir Room to rehearse to sing at the 11 a.m. Liturgy.
Everyone is most welcome and we'd love to have you sing with us. Please RSVP to Joseph O'Berry in the Music Office by Monday, March 11. When you RSVP, you will be sent an email with the hymns and anthems included so you can prepare for the rehearsal, if you wish. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!
We invite you and your Choristers to join us for our 20th Annual Cathedral Chorister Festival, to which we welcome Guest Director Nicholas White, Director of Chapel Music and Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH.
The Festival comprises a full day of rehearsals and social time on Saturday, March 2, and culminates on Sunday, March 3, with the singing of Festal Choral Evensong at 4 p.m.
One of two chief organists at the Church of St. Eustache in Paris, home of the largest pipe organ in France, 28-year-old Thomas Ospital is a top international concert organist. His scintillating program will include a demonstration of his remarkable skill at improvisation.
Co-sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Suggested donation $15 | $5 students
ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, known for its unconventional musical selections, plays Aliaksandr Yazinski’s “Peace” for accordion and string quartet; Bryon House’s “Trio” for reworked electronics with English horn, bassoon, and flute; and Nico Muhly’s “Beaming Music” for organ (featuring Canon Dr. Michael Velting) and marimba.
Suggested donation $15 | $5 students
Sung by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael Velting, Canon for Music, with Michael Gebhart, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, organ.
Preceded by an organ concert by Nick Quardokus, Organ Scholar, Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut.
Part of a city-wide dialogue on the arts and social justice, presented in conjunction with the Nashville Symphony and the Violins of Hope exhibit, commemorating musicians in Nazi concentration camps. This concert includes Portara performing the Bach cantata “Feed the hungry with bread” (BWV 39) and the Nashville Concerto Orchestra playing Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Songs of Sorrow”.
Admission is free.
This two-part series is part of a city-wide dialogue on the arts and social justice, presented in conjunction with the Nashville Symphony and the Violins of Hope exhibit, commemorating musicians in Nazi concentration camps. On April 25, Joy Calico of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, will present a lecture, “Violins. Of Hope?” A concert on May 2, including Portara performing the Bach cantata “Feed the hungry with bread” (BWV 39) and the Nashville Concerto Orchestra playing Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Songs of Sorrow”, will explore the power of music to respond to oppression, give hope, and spur action.
Admission is free.
Preceded by an organ concert by Matthew Michael Brown, Director of Music and Organist, First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, NC.
* Solemn Choral Evensongs are sung by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael Velting, Canon for Music, with Michael Gebhart, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, organ. Evensongs include Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Nashville Concerto Orchestra will present a varied and spirited program in the Nave on Saturday, February 17, at 3 p.m. First, Kris Wilkinson, string arranger for the CMA Awards and Lady Antebellum, and Marie Winget will play Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 6, a favorite of many. The program will continue with Matt Combs, former fiddler in the house band of the Grand Ole Opry, who will present the Nashville premiere of Appalachian Rhapsody for violin and orchestra.
$15 suggested donation at the door.