May 28, 2020 - 3:18 PM
Cathedral From Home: Jim, Harry, and Phil
1 CommentIn this edition of Cathedral From Home, we catch up with Jim, Harry, and Phil St. John, the Cathedral peacocks, on life on the Close during the coronavirus pandemic. Rebecca Merrill: Hi Jim, Harry, and Phil! As you know, my name is Rebecca – Jim St. John: Do you have kale for me? Harry St. John: Almonds! Almonds! I want almonds! RM: Shhhh guys, I promised you those after we get through the interview. Phil St. John: I’m so sorry for their rudeness, Rebecca, please go on. RM: Thank you, Phil. As I was saying, my name is Rebecca and I manage all things digital at the Cathedral. In this Cathedral From Home series, I catch up with some of my colleagues to see how they are faring in...
May 28, 2020 - 3:50 PM
Music From Home: Kent Tritle
0 CommentsDirector of Music Kent Tritle plays J. S. Bach's Toccata in F Major, BWV 540. Of the piece, Mr. Tritle says, "This one of Bach's most virtuosic pieces. The opening features a spectacular pedal cadenza that goes up to a famously treacherous high F on the pedalboard. After the descent from that high F the piece is launched, and a joyous dance it is!"
May 27, 2020 - 4:01 PM
The Hard Questions
0 CommentsThe cultural and structural racism of our country has long been obvious to those whom it oppresses, while it has been easy for many of us to ignore or avoid a full understanding of its ugliness. Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, where communities of color are being infected and dying at much higher rates than their white counterparts, day-to-day cruelties and acts of racist humiliation and violence highlight a problem that has been generations in the making. The news coming out of our own city, of a white woman falsely accusing a Black man of assaulting her because he asked her to follow a rule, and from our country, of a white Minneapolis police officer killing a Black man by kneeling on his neck while others looked on, has caused us deep sorrow, though perhaps not surpris...
May 27, 2020 - 2:26 PM
#MuseumFromHome: FDNY Memorial
By Kristine Klauke Pottinger - 0 CommentsAs the Director of Public Education and Visitor Services, one of my favorite things to do at work is to walk through the Cathedral admiring the architecture, stained glass windows, and incredible art. One of the pieces in the Cathedral that I find extremely interesting is the Firefighter Memorial, a sculpture by Ralph Feldman located in the Labor Bay. I remember the first time I entered the Cathedral and saw this striking 35-foot high sculpture. It reminded me of all the brave men and women of the Fire Department of New York, or the FDNY as they are known. It also took me back to my childhood in rural Wisconsin and the local rescue squad that my father, a former volunteer firefighter in the suburbs of Chicago, helped to start back in the 1970s. Most people are unaware that the m...
May 21, 2020 - 4:52 PM
Cathedral From Home: Christina Kay
0 CommentsThis week in Cathedral From Home, we catch up with music administrator Christina Kay about the hours she spends setting up her at home recording studio, what it's like to be a partially out of work musician, and how awkward Zoom calls can be.
May 20, 2020 - 11:29 AM
Museum From Home: Cathedral Subway Station?
6 CommentsHave you heard the urban legend that there used to be a subway station under the Cathedral? Senior guide Tom Fedorek looks into how these rumors originated and the very real connection between the Cathedral and the MTA New York City Transit, with special shout outs to Madeleine L'Engle, Grand Central Terminal, and the Bronx Zoo.
May 15, 2020 - 10:20 AM
Cathedral From Home: Amy Leissner
0 CommentsToday we check in with Amy Leissner, who manages the Cathedral's budget, about what it's like to plan for a new fiscal year with so many unknowns. Like most conversations with Amy, the chat also guest starred her father from Texas and a majority of the members of the #LeissnerZoo. (Video presented in split screen for peak animal viewing!)
May 13, 2020 - 10:44 AM
Music from Home: Halley Gilbert
1 Comment"Alleluia" from Exsultate, jubilate - W.A. Mozart featuring Cathedral Choir member Halley Gilbert, soprano. We share this in loving memory of Vincent Lionti, the violist in this video, who died in April of COVID-19. Halley Gilbert, sopranoTanya Witek, flute
May 12, 2020 - 3:35 PM
Museum from Home: Memorial to September 11
0 CommentsThis #MuseumFromHome virtual tour takes a deep dive into the "Memorial to September 11" by Meredith Bergmann, a part of the Cathedral's collection. We learn about the history of the piece, examine some of the details, and understand its context in the Cathedral as well as in centuries of religious art.
May 12, 2020 - 3:33 PM
Music From Home: Cathedral Choristers
0 CommentsThe Cathedral Choristers continue to meet and sing while The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and Cathedral buildings are closed. For today's service, they recorded Dona Nobis Pacem, which translates to "grant us peace."
May 8, 2020 - 12:39 PM
Cathedral From Home: Issac Lopez
1 CommentThis week in Cathedral at Home, we talk to Issac Lopez about what it means to be the House Manager when the house itself is temporarily closed, his adjustment to working on livestreaming Sunday services, and, most importantly, what we should name the moose on his pillow.
May 8, 2020 - 10:41 AM
How to Make an Origami Peacock
0 CommentsAs a part of #GivingTuesdayNow, Cathedral Educators Ashley and Ruth joined the daily ACT preschool class to make origami peacocks! You can follow along through the video and download the pattern for reference.
May 7, 2020 - 4:29 PM
My First Visit
0 CommentsIn this series, members of the Cathedral community reflect on some of the most meaningful events or parts of the Cathedral. Cathedral Volunteer Greeter Emerita Wendy Alvarez reflects on how her quest to answer a question that plagues many New Yorkers, where is the love?, led her to the Cathedral.
May 5, 2020 - 9:41 AM
Music From Home: Christina Kay and Raymond Nagem
1 CommentChristina Kay, soprano, with Raymond Nagem, piano perform Mozart's "Laudamus te" from the Mass in C Minor. Christina and Ray work in our music department together where Christina is an administrator and Ray is the associate director of music.
May 5, 2020 - 9:37 AM
Museum From Home: Life of Christ
0 CommentsIn honor of what would have been Keith Haring's 62nd birthday, Cathedral educators Danny Berman and Cheryl McGinnis video chatted about one of our most popular pieces: "Life of Christ" by Keith Haring.
April 29, 2020 - 5:07 PM
Music From Home: Peter Stewart
0 Comments"The Stammerer" by Karl Kramer, featuring Peter Stewart and SONYC (String Orchestra of NYC). The piece is about Notker of Gallen, who was important to the development of western musical notation. He wrote much profound spiritual poetry, which he set to chants, believing that he could remember the tunes better if he set words to them. He also wrote the first biography of Charlemagne. He also had a debilitating stutter. In this piece, he sings of his devotion and the meaning of the contemplative life. Then, he tries to engage with the secular world, and is completel...
April 29, 2020 - 4:29 PM
Music From Home: Amy Justman
1 CommentSoprano Amy Justman sings "St. Ita's Vision," from Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber. Barber described Hermit Songs this way: "They are settings of anonymous Irish texts of the eighth to thirteenth centuries written by monks and scholars, often on the margins of manuscripts they were copying or illuminating—perhaps not always meant to be seen ... They are small poems, thoughts or observations, some very short, and speak in straightforward, droll, and often surprisingly modern terms of the simple life these people led, close to nature, to animals, and to God."
April 29, 2020 - 4:25 PM
Music From Home: Lianne Coble-Dispensa
1 Comment"Migratory V" by Adam Guettel sung by Lianne Coble-Dispensa "We sail above the weather We search the ocean floor. We rival our creation, Still yearning for more. But can we fly together- A migratory V? How wonderful if that's what God could see. A single voice in whispered prayer Can only pray to travel there. But all as one, We sound the everlasting sound And sing our salvation. Aloft and in formation, A migratory V. How wonderful if that's what God could see. Aloft and in...
April 29, 2020 - 4:22 PM
Music From Home: Kent Tritle, Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141
1 CommentDuring this temporary closure, Director of Music Kent Tritle has been using the organ at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, New York to provide music for our Sunday services, including this performance of Dietrich Buxtehude's "Praeludium in E Major, BuxWV 141."
April 29, 2020 - 11:20 AM
Museum From Home: Medical Bay
3 CommentsThis bay honors the scientists, nurses, and doctors from the past for their contributions to modern medicine and serves as a reminder for all the medical professionals we continue to honor today.