Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Enjoyment of Music

Tonight at the Washington National Cathedral, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral Choral Society join forces to present Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass. After intermission, the concert continues with Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Bring your children, friends, and neighbors, and arrive early for best seating for this special FREE concert.

The Washington National Cathedral is an ecumenical house of prayer open to persons of all schools of religious belief (or no religious belief at all), and there is no special dress requirement for this concert. Furthermore, the Cathedral is, miraculously, air-conditioned (it wasn't always).


[When the Academy of Music was founded at Rome in 1584, Saint Cecilia was made patroness of the institute, whereupon her veneration as patroness of church music became even more universal. Cecilia was the name of one of my grandmothers.]

Fountains at Petershof Palace (Peter's Harbour Palace), Petersburg, Russia


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