Nativity Cathedral
Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte Street • Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-865-0727

Cathedral Arts & Music

Nativity Cathedral
Stephen Williams
Canon for the Ministry of Music & Performing Arts

Cathedral Arts is a series of creative experiences that are designed to intrigue, inspire and edify. Most events are musical with concerts that include solo singers and instrumentalists, instrumental ensembles of a variety of genres, choirs and singing ensembles. The majority of these monthly offerings are organ recitals using the Cathedral’s wonderful Austin organ, and choral groups, with a number of concerts featuring our own Cathedral Choir. These concerts are supported by donations largely from those patrons who faithfully attend and plate-offerings at the door.

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Stephen Williams is Canon for the Ministry of Music & Performing Arts and Organist and is enthusiastic about helping grow a ministry of music that is inviting and inclusive of this congregation’s many gifts of music and the arts. Formal study includes Brevard College, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, The Juilliard School, and West Chester University. He works to expand and incorporate a variety of fine music and musicians into our liturgies, and continues to build upon the tradition of the Cathedral Arts as a ministry inside and outside our community. His door and mind is always open to thoughtful opinions and ideas, so please feel free to discuss with him anything to do with music at the Cathedral and beyond.

Cathedral Arts Upcoming Concerts

We call your attention to THREE concerts coming up very soon for our Nativity Cathedral community and beyond. All concerts are open to the public, with free admission, and all donations offered to help defray ongoing expenses will be gratefully accepted at the door.

May 22 at 3 pm Canon Stephen Williams will play an organ concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown (32 S. 5 th Street, just off Hamilton St., right next to the Post Office). This concert will celebrate The Arts at St. John’s series which Stephen began there in the early 90s and is thriving quite beautifully. The program will include some ‘war-horses’ for the organ, some pieces composed by some of St. John’s exemplary former musicians, and a few new tunes as well. The organ, which Stephen co-designed in 1991, is splendid, housed in a stunningly beautiful space, and via critical acclaim, has become one of the true treasures of the Lehigh Valley. It’s definitely worth a listen, or two! Please come and enjoy an afternoon of great music-making! The church’s website is found here and the announcement is found there by clicking on The Spire, the church’s newsletter.

May 27 at 7 pm Organists Reid Simmons and Joseph O’Brien, both delightful young men and already accomplished musicians, will be here at the Cathedral to offer a varied and intriguing program! Reid and Joseph are underclassmen at West Chester University, are good friends, and are incredibly inspired by what they do. They are excited to share their music, and we are honored to host them. Please come and support these gentlemen in their great work and honorable pursuits and ambitions!

June 12 at 3 pm Mezzo-soprano Lauren Curnow and pianist Vinny Trovato will offer a concert in the Cathedral that will certainly be a highlight for our Cathedral Arts Series! Lauren holds advanced vocal arts degrees from The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, is on the voice faculty at Muhlenberg College, and is a currently a Doctoral candidate in vocal performance at The Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers University. Oh, and she’s been our lovely alto Choral Scholar here at Nativity Cathedral for the past four years! She has already performed this program to splendid acclaim last month at Rutgers. It includes music of Francis Poulenc, Jules Massenet, Johannes Brahms, contemporary composer Rebecca Clarke, and others. Do come and support Lauren and Vinny in their outstanding work, and plan to enjoy another great afternoon of music!

Cathedral Organ

The cathedral possesses a magnificent organ built by the Austin Organ Company in 1998, and is designed to accompany the Anglican liturgy and ably perform the major schools of organ literature. It was dedicated on January 10, 1999.

Austin Specification (prog) 2011

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