25 years: a Silver Anniversary, so let's celebrate with music! For our Sunday matinee concert on October 2nd, let's hear a lot of local musicians, friends who have performed countless times at the Cathedral, some for as long as 38 years. Call it "Orlando Tribute!" and celebrate our strong connection with all the wonderful music-making around Central Florida. Even invite Bishop Brewer to speak about our Cathedral as a famous patron of the arts. Our awesome Dean, Reggie Kidd, will be the host. My closest friend and co-worker, Claire Hodge, will be the emcee.
Some special music for a special day? How about five world premieres! Commission David Brunner to compose a new choral work "Unnameable God" and ask his UCF University Chorus to sing it. They'll also premiere a new piece by former Cathedral singer Alan Gerber. Invite our resident ensemble Brassworks to play, and they'll premiere a new fanfare "Silver Anniversary Flourish" by long-time colleague Joe Kreines. Dear friend Peter Mathews, who once directed our Cathedral Choir, will present the premiere of a song he wrote years ago. And commission local church musician Andrew Walker to arrange a joyful song for us all to sing together in harmony... "'Tis music that has joined us in life's sweet master song."
In addition to David Brunner's chorus and John Almeida's brass quintet, we'll hear three violinists (Mati Braun, Lisa Ferrigno, Rob Kerr), four pianists (Rick Robinson, Michael Miller, Holly Small, Peter Mathews), three singers (Claire Hodge, JoAnne Stephenson, Brian Bruder), three organists (Carl MaultsBy, Michael LeGrand, Andrew Walker), Shannon Caine's "Beautiful Music" chamber ensemble with harpist Victoria Schultz, also Mike Barr on French horn, Eladio Scharron on classical guitar, Andrew Lane on string bass, Ryan Higgs on bagpipes, and then Dan Witucki playing accordion at the festive reception after the concert. And with so much focus on local artists, let's also raise money for the city's OneOrlando Fund to help create a permanent Pulse Memorial. Can you believe it, all the musicians agreed to perform gratis.
Now, what about the Cathedral's choirs? Let's bring them all together on that Sunday morning for our 10:15 service. Call it "Cantate Domino" Sunday: "Sing to the Lord". Sing six of the many choral anthems I've composed over the years, add a couple of my solos for our singers, plus some of my service music and hymns for the congregation, and include instrumentalists Ture Larson, Debbie Clifton, Maureen May, and Andrew Lane. This music is for family.
25 years: it's been a good gig, and it's not over yet! But really it's not about me. It's about the music, and the people, and our Cathedral, and of course our God. So let's make it a party, and be thankful for everything.
Canon Ben Lane