Cathedral Music – Holy Name Cathedral CD Recordings
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The Cathedral Chamber and Gallery Singers have produced “Child of Sweetness,” a CD of music for the Advent and Christmas seasons. It contains many familiar carols, along with other beautiful musical expressions of the incarnation. “Child of Sweetness” is a Christmas gift that anyone would enjoy. The cost is $20 per CD, with all of the proceeds going to the Choir tour scholarship fund.
This recording was made between September 10 and September 16, 2001. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 made it difficult to finish the taping. In the end, the singers brought all of their emotions to bear in their performance of the music on this disc. “Deep River,” the profound African American spiritual, reminds us that when we cross the deep river into eternity we are promised a “Gospel feast where all is peace.” This selection, otherwise incongruous on a Christmas CD, is included on “Child of Sweetness in remembrance of those who suffered tragic loss in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
The cover art for child of Sweetness is a painting by Gallery Singer, Dianna Bardo, M. D.. Dr. Bardo’s painting continues the ancient iconic tradition of incorporating contemporary themes and symbolism around central religious figures. The Madonna and Child are surrounded by symbols which commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Below the figures lies the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Candles, which overlay the wreckage, memorialize the thousands of lives lost. Candles also remind us of Christ, the Light of the World, whose nativity this CD celebrates. A dove, symbol both of the Holy Spirit and of peace, hovers above. The border design is taken from the Holy Name Cathedral windows.
Music of Consolation
in memory of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin