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Article | November 4, 2021

Christmas at Grace Cathedral is … Magical! 

Blog|Eva Woo Slavitt

This year marks the 75th anniversary of our Christmas Concerts, we are thrilled to open our doors to this beloved San Francisco tradition in person again.  Enjoy world-class performances in this Gothic revival Episcopal cathedral on Nob Hill with its soaring architecture, amazing acoustics, stunning stained-glass windows and beautiful, serene atmosphere that make Christmas concerts here really something magical.   

In honor of the 75th anniversary, we went through our archives to learn more about the history of the Christmas Concerts particularly the Boys Choir.  How did it start? What was it like to be a part of this world-renowned organization?   We hope you like this short video and invite you all to come back to Grace Cathedral with your family and friends to enjoy the variety of shows we have planned this season. Then make your Christmas extra special by attending one of our Christmas Services.   

A Cathedral Christmas features the Cathedral’s Choir of Men and Boys performing classic Christmas carols and other sacred masterpieces with orchestra and organ.  A true holiday tradition! | December 11, 12, 18, 19, 3 pm and December 21, 7:30 pm  

Families with younger children will love Sing You a Merry Christmas, where you can sing along to your favorite carols with the toys of St. Nicholas’s workshop. Truly a delight for children of all ages and families.  | December 11, 18, 11 am and December 21, 22, 23, 3 pm   

What is Christmas without a Brass and Organ Christmas concert brought to you by The Bay Brass?  The finest musicians return to Grace Cathedral to perform accompanied by our famous 7,466 pipe organ.  | December 13, 7:30 pm  

Soulful Joy is a new sound for the holidays at Grace Cathedral that was introduced in 2020, but you know what happened.  We are thrilled to bring this to you in person, led by Destiny Muhammad and her cool, eclectic Sonic Ensemble of Bay Area Masters.  Destiny brings the feeling of jazz and a hint of storytelling, reflecting and reimagining the holiday spirit with the music of Stevie Wonder, Vince Guaraldi, Donny Hathaway and more.  Soulful Joy! | December  20, 7:30 pm  

Messiah, a Baroque Christmas in Grace Cathedral. In this special abridged evening performance, you’ll hear the Christmas portion (Part I) of Handel’s Messiah along with the music of the season by Arcangelo Corelli and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, closing with a rousing finale including Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.   



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