Spacious Grace is the annual free-form arts festival at the cathedral when we remove the pews and invoke the muse.
Now in its sixth year, Spacious Grace is the time when we open up our amazing space and invite you to experience the sprawling indoor labyrinth, soaring columns and glittering stained glass in a whole new way. We invite artists to present a wide range of cultural events — theater, dance, music and more. Just one of the enticing events: a world premiere performance created by our Artist in Residence Alonzo King. Spacious Grace runs from Tuesday, February 4 to Sunday, February 23.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet World Premiere
Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The world-premiere performance by internationally-celebrated choreographer and Grace’s Artist in Residence Alonzo King and his stunning contemporary ballet company, LINES Ballet.
Yoga on the Labyrinth
Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m.
Experience a gentle and nurturing yoga class held inside our beautiful cathedral and graced with enchanting live music. The class is taught by yoga teacher Darren Main, with a short reflection by one of the cathedral’s clergy, and is appropriate for all ages and abilities. The class is free and open to all, but a donation of $10 – $20 is suggested.
Evensong for Violins of Hope
Thursday, February 13 at 5:15 p.m.
A special Evensong service featuring and honoring Violins of Hope, a collection of more than 50 string instruments once played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust.
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk
Friday, February 14 at 6 p.m.
Walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world. We offer an introduction to the labyrinth every month and feature a musician playing live music.
Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, February 22 at 6:45 p.m.
San Francisco-based nonprofit Illuminate and Grace Cathedral present Grace Light, a site-specific, large-scale immersive light installation created by George Zisiadis, with an original score composed by Gabriel Gold.
The Forum with Avshalom Weinstein and Jake Heggie
Sunday, February 16 at 9:30 a.m.
The co-founder of Violins of Hope and the composer of a major new chamber work honoring them on the project.The Violins of Hope are a collection of more than 50 string instruments once played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Lovingly restored by Israeli violin-makers Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein, the Violins are now touring worldwide. To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Music at Kohl Mansion commissioned internationally-renowned American composer Jake Heggie and his frequent collaborator, celebrated librettist Gene Scheer, to write a major new chamber work for the Violins of Hope.
Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope
Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Grace hosts the San Francisco premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope with mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz, violinist Rebecca Jackson and a string quartet from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra playing instruments from the Violins of Hope collection (Kay Stern and Dawn Harms, violins; Liz Prior, viola; Emil Miland, cello). The program also includes Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703 Quartettsatz and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80.
Discover the Power of Whirling Workshop
Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m.
This workshop is an invitation to explore and deepen your Alchemy Spinning practice – a powerful and yet accessible somatic modality at the intersection of mindfulness and movement, which promotes an intense creative and personal blossoming. Whirling, rather than being a goal or a destination, becomes a spiral journey towards greater body wisdom, self-expression and self-knowledge. In our practice we will use different forms of dance, movement, breath work, meditation and contemplative art making.
Inner Light: Whirling Performance
Saturday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.
How to face the reality of our climate crisis? As we witness the unraveling of our world, how can we connect with our emotions individually and collectively? When the lights around us go out, where can we find a source of hope?This Alchemy Spinning performance is an improvisation whirling by Raquel Santiago that talks about climate change, one of the most challenging events of our time, and how to be emotionally open and vulnerable in order to change and transform our reality.