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The Worlds Above/Grace Cathedral
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Program and Notes
The Worlds Above
Choir of Men and Boys
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Christopher Putnam, Organist
John Fenstermaker, Director
If you walk into Grace Cathedral and look up, you will see something quite unusual. The arches of the Gothic vaulting are present, but there is no ceiling between the arches. Barely visible is the underside of the roof, painted black. The illusion is of a Gothic structure without obstruction between it and the heavens.
The choir of men and boys creates a similar effect in sound with this program of music from our own times—close your eyes and experience The Worlds Above from Grace Cathedral!
Horatio Parker: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in E
Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Sowerby: Psalm 124
Stainer: God so loved the world
Hoiby: Let this mind be in you
Wright: Lyric Rhapsody—organ solo
Wesley: Si iniquitates observaveris
Williams: In the year that King Uzziah died
Sowerby: Very slowly (from Sonatina)—organ solo
Ireland: Ex ore innocentium
Stravinsky: The dove descending
George C. Martin: Hail, gladdening light.
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