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Cathedra Performs at Trinity Cathedral May 12



Cathedra, a professional vocal ensemble in residence at Washington National Cathedral, will perform a concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 113 N 18th Street, Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to Food Bank for the Heartland.

Established in 2010, Cathedra has already achieved high acclaim for its “beautiful, blended sound” (The Washington Post). Specializing in music of both the Renaissance and Baroque and a champion of the modern-day composer, Cathedra is a highly skilled ensemble dedicated to bringing the highest form of musical expression to music from across the ages.

Artistic Director Michael McCarthy is regarded as one the leading choral conductors of today. A native of the UK, McCarthy moved to the United States in 2003 when he became Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral. In addition to his accomplishments as a conductor and composer of sacred choral works, he is widely recognized for his musical work in the Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter films. His series of recent recordings with Cathedra in the New American Choral Series on the Gothic label have received excellent reviews.

The ensemble is visiting the Midwest for the first time this spring at the invitation of Trinity Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, Marty Wheeler Burnett. “I heard Cathedra perform in Washington, D.C. at the Association of Anglican Musicians national conference two years ago,” stated Burnett, “and I invited them to Omaha immediately following the concert. Cathedra is one of the top choral ensembles in the country today, and we are honored to host them in our diocese.”

The concert, entitled “Expanse of Eternity,” focuses on themes of remembrance and resurrection. The program includes sacred choral music by Lotti, Victoria, Tavener, Howells, and several contemporary composers. Childcare is available in the nursery during the performance. A reception will follow the concert with the opportunity to meet McCarthy and the singers.

Through support from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Endowment for the Arts, the Bishop Clarkson Foundation, and individual donors, the concert is offered with free admission for all. “We view the Trinity Cathedral Concert Series as outreach to the community through music and the arts, an offering of beauty that is accessible to all,” stated Burnett. For more information on the series, visit or email



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