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Grace Notes Grace Cathedral winter 2013

E x p e r i e n c e w o r s h i p, a r t s , education and service this winter at San Francisco’s Cathedral for All

DEAN’S MESSAGE With this second edition of Grace Notes, it is my pleasure to wish you all a very happy new year.

Robert Taylor

This year, Grace Cathedral is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Choir of Men and Boys, and we hope you will join us to hear much splendid music. We will be launching our centennial music year at Carnivale, a marvelous party in the cathedral, at which Linda Ronstadt will be speaking about the power of music, and our Choir of Men and Boys will be singing with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer. Other winter highlights include a concert by the premier Swedish Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir, and a residency by the world-famous men and boys choir of New College, Oxford, performing Bach’s St John Passion on Good Friday.

I am delighted to announce our 2013 artist in residence: Anne Patterson. Anne is a New York based visual artist, who works with many symphonies and musicians. Come hear her speak at The Forum on March 10: Anne is just one of an exciting line-up of speakers in the winter series of our flagship education program at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. In this season too, as we work on the detailed content of our strategic plan, we continue to think about the important role of cathedrals in the 21st century. Cathedrals are, officially, growing — by about 3% a year according to a recent report published in England. Grace Cathedral’s attendance increased by 10% in 2011, so we are proud not only to be with the trend, but ahead of it. Cathedrals reach out to the whole community, and by their beauty, their openness and varied offering of events, they readily appeal to many, including those who call themselves ‘spiritual but not religious’. I will be lecturing about the history of cathedrals, and their place in the world today, on Wednesdays in Lent at 6 p.m. — come and enjoy a simple supper, learn about the varying fortunes of cathedrals over the centuries, and converse with others. And come, too, to hear the Dean of Salisbury talk about medieval cathedrals, at The Forum on February 24th! I am so grateful that you are a part of the Grace Cathedral community, and I deeply appreciate your support of the cathedral’s work and ministry. I look forward to seeing you at the cathedral this winter. Warmly,

The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw Dean

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WINTER HIGHLIGHTS For additional event information, go to

C a r n i va l e : F e b r ua ry 7

Celebrate the Year of Music at Grace Cathedral’s third annual gala. This special evening, featuring guest speaker Linda Ronstadt and guest performer Susanne Mentzer, benefits our community and acclaimed music program. For tickets, visit

One Billion Rising: F e b r ua ry 1 4 , 2 : 3 0 – 3 : 3 0 P. M .

Join V-Day, Grace Cathedral, Dholrhythms Dance Company, and one billion people around the world for an hour of dance, in powerful protest against the violence that affects one billion women and girls throughout the world. For more information about the event at Grace Cathedral, visit

G u sta f S j ö kv i st C h a m b e r c h o i r : F e b r ua ry 2 1 , 7 : 3 0 P. M .

Don’t miss Sweden’s renowned Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir in concert at Grace Cathedral. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. See page 4.

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Save the date! On March 11, Grace Cathedral presents the first of a series of art and chamber music evenings with Anne Patterson. Visit for updates.

N e w Co l l e g e C h o i r R e s i d e n c y: March 26 – March 31

The men and boys of the New College Choir, Oxford, will perform J.S. Bach’s St John Passion on Friday, March 29, and will join the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys to sing at Tenebrae in Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. See page 4. GRACE NOTES winter 2013 | 3

Year of music

Celebrating 100 Years of the Choir of Men and Boys Boys were first admitted to the cathedral choir on November 16, 1913, creating the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Throughout 2013, we celebrate the Year of Music, a centennial anniversary featuring special events and musical fanfare. 2013 Artist in Residence: Anne Patterson

During Grace Cathedral’s Year of Music, our 2013 Artist in Residence is Anne Patterson, a renowned visual artist and one of the leading designers working in American theater and music today. Trained at Yale and London’s Slade School of Art, her current work takes the visual arts into the core of the orchestral and classical music experience, engaging audiences through a synthesis of art and music, light and sound, space and self. Ms. Patterson will be in residence intermittently throughout the year, creating site-specific works. Her first engagement will be a conversation with Dean Jane Shaw at The Forum on Sunday, March 10, followed by an evening of chamber music and art on Monday, March 11. For more information, including recently added events and tickets, please visit The Men of the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys

February 3, 4 p.m. Performance will include Benjamin Britten’s Abraham and Isaac. Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber choir February 21, 7:30 p.m. Sweden’s renowned Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir in their only West Coast performance. Tickets are $15 – $50, and are available at Sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. New College Choir IN RESIDENCE during Holy Week

Join us in Holy Week and Easter, March 26 – 31, when two world famous choirs, New College Choir from Oxford and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, will sing together at our worship. New College Choir will also perform Bach’s St John Passion with orchestra and soloist Rufus Muller on Good Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. New College Choir is widely recognized as one of the finest Anglican choirs in the world, having released over 90 critically acclaimed recordings, several of which have won Grammies. 4 | GRACE NOTES winter 2013


Our regular worship schedule includes four services on Sundays — 8:30 a.m. Eucharist; 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist; 3 p.m. Choral Evensong and 6 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist on the labyrinth — as well as Choral Evensong sung by our Choir of Men and Boys on Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.

HIGHL i GHT S O F HOLY WEEK & EA S TER Free and open to all. For more information: March 24 at 11 a.m. — Palm Sunday

A combined celebration at 11 a.m. to begin Holy Week, featuring the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys singing David Gibbons’ Hosanna to the Son of David. March 27 at 6 p.m. — Tenebrae

A simple, yet powerful choral service featuring the New College Choir and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys singing Allegri’s Misere. Sacred TRIDUUM — The Great Three Days Into Easter March 28 at 6 p.m. — Maundy Thursday

The Lord’s Supper with ceremonial foot washing and Holy Eucharist. March 29 at 3 p.m. — Good Friday

Solemn service of devotion to the Cross at 3 p.m. and ticketed concert at 7 p.m., featuring New College Choir and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys performing J.S. Bach’s St John Passion. Concert tickets: or (415) 392-4400. Celebrate the joy of Easter!

Easter Vigil Services, Saturday, March 30 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Easter, Sunday, March 31, at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. New College Choir and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys will be singing the incredible Messe Solennelle by Langlais and other festive music, accompanied by brass and organ, at the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist on Easter Sunday. Observe the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday Wednesday, February 13. Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes at 7:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Dean’s Lenten Lecture Series Every Wednesday, from February 20 – March 20. Lecture series: A History of Cathedrals, with a simple supper from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Dining Room.

Lenten Book Study on music and theology Sundays during Lent. Book study on Lucy Winkett’s Our Sound is our Wound at 12:40 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Chapter Room. GRACE NOTES winter 2013 | 5

B oa r d o f Trustees


The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus,

2013 Winter Forum


The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Vice President

Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in Gresham Hall. Join us this winter for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation series, hosted by the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw. Free and open to all. Learn more at

Patrick S. Thompson, Chair

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Eliza Brown,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. David Stancliffe, former Bishop of Salisbury Music and Theology

Vice Chair

Anne Casscells, Vice Chair

Paul B. Cleveland,

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Jane Shaw Carpenter, Secretary

William K. Bowes, Jr. Gabriela Strand Bruce Lee McEnany Caraher

Dr. Sarah Ogilvie, linguist and lexicographer with Anna Deavere Smith, actor and playwright Words of the World

Dorena Chan Jane A. Cook

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Valerie M. Crane Dorfman

Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano The Next Generation of Opera

Lokelani Devone Charlotte Gaylord Mark R. Grace Zane O. Gresham Sam Hocking Steven N. Holland Ambassador James C. Hormel Suzanne Irwin-Wells Tobias S. Keller Judith Droz Keyes Jill H. Kramer Peggy Lo Mary Ryan McCarthy Charles L. Moore Meridee Moore

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The Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms Activism and Priesthood F e b r ua ry 1 0

Linda Ronstadt, Grammy winner and arts advocate The Power of Music F e b r ua ry 1 7

The Rev. Rosa Lee Harden and Kevin Jones, Co-founders of SOCAP Money and Meaning

Lori Ogden Moore John Oxaal

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James Pannell

The Very Rev. June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury Medieval Cathedrals

Bob Peck Garrett A. H. Price III L. Gregory Scott Michael Sippey Anna Deavere Smith Trevor Traina Mary Vargas Susan von Herrmann David W. Walker Mrs. Diane B. Wilsey

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March 10

Anne Patterson, Grace Cathedral’s 2013 Artist in Residence Music and the Visual Arts March 17

Rob Bell, author and founder of Mars Hill Bible Church What We Talk About When We Talk About God

Organ Recital Series Selected Sundays, 4 P.M.

Each season, we present concerts by accomplished musicians playing one of America’s finest organs, a 7,466 pipe Æolian-Skinner organ. Suggested donation of $10.


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William Wisnom, Organist at Resurrection Catholic Church in Burtonsville, Maryland March 3

John-Paul Farahat, Principal Organist of St. Basil’s Catholic Church, the collegiate church of the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada April 7

Simon Johnson, Organist & Assistant Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England

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