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A Brass and Organ Christmas

Monday, December 13 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm

Christmas at Grace Cathedral is back in person in 2021! 

A consortium of the finest musicians in the Bay Area pairs the wonderful sound of brass with Grace Cathedral’s 7,466-pipe organ for a spectacular holiday performance — a musical highlight of the year. 

Since 1947, Christmas at Grace Cathedral has offered an ideal way to ring in the season, with magnificent music, a majestic setting and astonishing acoustics. Experience the deep connection between spirit and art at Grace Cathedral this Christmas. 

This performance is 90 minutes with one intermission. 

Proof of vaccination (except for children under age 12) and masks are required for entry. Please dress warmly. Children are very welcome if they are mature enough to quietly enjoy a concert of classical music. Thank you for your understanding. 

About the Performers 

The Bay Brass was founded in 1995 and is comprised of brass players from the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading performing organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. The ensemble has no principal players and no music director. Rather, its musicians share in all of the musical responsibilities of the ensemble including performing, conducting, arranging and composing, allowing for expanded creative opportunities for each musician. The Bay Brass prides itself on the diversity of its programming, combining the traditional brass repertory with other contemporary styles and featuring a mix of large-scale symphonic brass ensemble works and compositions for smaller combinations of players. In 2000, The Bay Brass released their first CD, A Brass & Organ Christmas recorded in Grace Cathedral with organist John Fenstermaker. “If you’re looking for festive Christmas music by brass and organ,” noted The American Record Guide (ARG), “you won’t find a better recording than this one.” Their most recent CD, Sound the Bells! featuring premiere recordings of recent American works for brass, was called “an absolute triumph” by ARG and was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2012 for “Best Small Ensemble Performance.”  


The magic of Christmas lives on at Grace because of our generous sponsors. You make these concerts possible, and enable us to make this beloved Christmas tradition accessible to all in this most extraordinary year. Sponsorships start at $500. For more information visit our Christmas Sponsorships page  or contact our Development Office at  [email protected] or 415-749-6352. Thank you! 

Find out about our  Christmas Services  and other Christmas concerts, A Cathedral Christmas, Soulful Joy  and  Sing You A Merry Christmas.   

Looking for a fantastic holiday gift? Buy the Brass & Organ Christmas CD recorded live in the cathedral in 2000. Available at the concert or by mail. For more information write to [email protected]