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Musical Meditations

& Prayers for an End to the Pandemic


For over 30 years, we've curated a weekly recital series featuring both Bay Area-based and visiting international artists. Many recitals feature our custom-built Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ.


COVID-19 precautions here at St. Mary's

At the guidance and direction of San Francisco City Hall, the Cathedral is closed for public services.

We offer Musical Meditation recitals live-streamed each Sunday at 4 pm on the San Francisco Archdiocese YouTube channel. Click here to see the schedule.

For over 30 years, we've curated a weekly recital series featuring both Bay Area-based and visiting international artists. Many recitals feature our custom-built Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ.

In response to the worldwide health crisis, we offer Musical Meditations to provide time on a Sunday afternoon to find peace and quiet and to pray for an end to the pandemic, while listening to music.

Please support the musicians by leaving a donation at the door or through Eventbrite.

Capacity 100, masks required. See our safety protocol details.



Musical Meditations

& Prayers for an End to the Pandemic

on YouTube

These Musical Meditations provide an interlude of peace and quiet, where we can pray for an end to the pandemic, while listening to music.

Live on Sunday afternoons at 4pm, on the San Francisco Archdiocese YouTube channel.

Please support the musicians by leaving a donation through Eventbrite.


Schedule | Sundays at 4pm

Click the link on the performer's name to open the recital's YouTube recording

DatePerformersProgram
SEPT 27 @4pmSunhee Lee, Geomun'go (Korean string instrument); Jin Kyung Lim, OrganWorks by Loeb, Lee, and improvisation
OCT 4 @4pmChristoph Tietze, OrganCharles Tournemire: Triple Choral; Cesar Franck: Choral in a minor| Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival |
OCT 11 @4pmJoel Mahan, Mandolin, with Alice Lovejoy, PianoProgram TBA
OCT 18 @4pmDavid Hatt, OrganLouis Vierne: Symphony No. 5| Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival |
OCT 25 @4pmAngela Kraft Cross, Organ Louis Vierne: excerpts from Pieces de Fantaisie; Charles Tournemire: Improvisation on Victimae paschali.

Recorded Livestreams | on YouTube

Date PerformersProgram
SEPT 6 @4pmUgo Sforza (Italy, Austria), organVierne Westminster Carillon, Triptyque | Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival |
AUG 30 @4pmChristoph Tietze, organlivestream: Works by Saint Saens, Bach, Langlais
AUG 23 @4pmJin Kyung Lim, Organlivestream: Symphony No. 4 by Louis Vierne | Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival |
AUG 16 @4pmRicardo Ramirez, organ— (Chicago)pre-recorded: Works by Durufle, Bach, & Ramirez, including an improvisation. | Cathedral Jubilee — celebrating 50 years of ministry in the City of San Francisco
AUG 9 @4pmChase Olson, organVierne Symphony No. 1 | Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival |
AUG 2 @4pmQuantum Quarantet, with Wendy Loder, violin; Meg Eldridge, viola; Paul Rhodes, cello; & Jeanette Tietze, piano. livestream: Works by Beethoven and Brahms.
JUL 26 @4pm Tietze Family Ensemble, organWorks by Bach, Langlais, and Mendelssohn
JUL 19 @4pm Jin Kyung Lim, organWorks by J.S. Bach & Liszt
JUL 12 @4pm Angela Kraft Cross, organWorks by Kraft Cross, Buxtehude, Bach, Schumann, & Mendelssohn

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Health Protocols

  • Attendance limited to 100

  • Patrons must wear a face mask and adhere to physical distancing regulations

  • Seating will be limited to the center 4 sections of pews

  • Patrons will have their temperature taken—results above 99.5 will be turned away

  • Patrons must sign a disclaimer


Jin Kyung Lim, organist

Musical Meditations

& Prayers for an End to the Pandemic

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sunhee Lee, geomon'go & Jin Kyung Lim, organ



Program

Legends

Surijae

Spiritual Path



Program Notes

1. Legends…David Loeb

David Loeb (b.1939) has composed for Asian instruments for more than fifty-five years. In this composition he has combined the traditional scale of the Geomongo with Western counterpoint technique in short pieces with different atmospheres.

2. Surijae …Dae-Seok Jeong

Surijae is a three-movement composition by Dae-Seok Jeong, a great Korean Geomungo master.

The beautiful scenery of Surijae (a rural village of Korea)-The joyful lives in Surijae- The fragrance of green tea.


3. Spiritual Path (2020) …
Pre-planned five-section improvisation by Sunhee Lee & Jin Kyung Lim

God's gaze and Our awareness -Encounter-Temptation-Vanity and Calling-Promise


Biography

Sunhee Lee is acclaimed as a great Geomungo player and composer. She joined the National Gugak Center, one of the most prestigious orchestras in South Korea, in 1996, and was promoted to the first Geomungo position in 2004 and served as the concertmaster from 2013 to 2014. Since then, she has been given the title of a senior member. In addition, she has played the role of musical artistic director at <The Geomungo>Ensemble since 2017, showing various aspects of Geomungo music. As an educator, she also delivered lectures to many students. She was a lecturer at the Korean National University of Art from 2011 to 2015, and she was an adjunct professor at Hanyang University from 2016 to 2019.

She tried to express noble human life at the center of the repertoire of her performances. One of her memorable recitals in Seoul is for commemorating a Korean priest, Lee Tae-seok, who died of cancer in 2010 after voluntarily serving years as a doctor in South Sudan. In her composition, "Human Flower," she sincerely expressed his greatest love toward human beings, which reminded the audience of his ultimate sacrifice and dedication. Another one is a concert with the theme of five different kinds of love. This performance was dedicated to her father, who fought against cancer and died after the concert. In the performance, she tried to tell five different love stories, such as love of parents for children, love of humankind, passionate love, love for great nature, and pure love of children.

Jin Kyung Lim is an organist, harpsichordist, and pianist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lim has given numerous solo recitals and concerts in the United States, Korea, and multiple other countries. She has played the organ for the music series at Stanford Memorial Church (Stanford University), Adolphus Busch Hall (Harvard University), the American Church of Paris (Paris, France), the Church of Notre-Dame-d'Auteuil (Paris, France), the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption (San Francisco), St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Berkeley), the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco), Trinity+ St. Peter's Episcopal Church (San Francisco), Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Reno, Nevada), Congregational Church of San Mateo (San Mateo), and Christ Church Cathedral (Indianapolis, Indiana). As an active chamber musician, she has enjoyed performing with various ensemble groups including the Palo Alto Philharmonic, the Pacific Choir, UI Symphony, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, UI Wind Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Women Gregorian Chant Choir for the Belgium–France concert tour, and the Main Street Singers (Los Altos) for the Spain/Portugal and South Africa concert tours.

As a church organist since the age of fourteen, Lim worked at St. Paul Catholic Church (Danville, IL), St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Charleston, IL), and First Lutheran Church (Palo Alto, CA), and is currently the Music Associate at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco. She is the dean of the PA/PE AGO chapter as well as an executive board member for the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley. She is also the music director of St. Joseph Ensemble, pursuing and promoting sacred music. She holds a DMA in Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Music from Yonsei University (South Korea).




Sunday Concert Schedule

Concerts are usually Sundays at 4 PM
Entry is free, though we suggest a $10 free-will donation, either at the door (cash or check) or through Eventbrite.
You can use the same link to donate to a specific concert through the Wednesday after each concert.


DatePerformersProgram
SEPT 20 @4pmDavid Hatt, organVierne Symphony No. 7 | Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival |
Sunday JUN 28 @4pmCathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival: David Hatt, Organ. Vierne: Pieces de Fantaisie, Suite 1 Cancelled 
Sunday JULY 5 @4pmKaren Beaumont, organProgram tba
Sunday JULY 12 @4pmMichael Bower (Rockville Centre, NY), organ.Program TBA
Sunday JULY 19 @4pmJin Kyung Lim, organWorks by Bach
Sunday JULY 26 @4pmCathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival: Jordan Prescott, organVierne: Symphony No. 5
Sunday AUG 2 @4pmJustin Brueggeman and Rodney Ward, organ 
Sunday AUG 9 @4pmChase Olson, organ Vierne Symphony No. 1. Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival

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I WANT TO SAVE THE DATE

We post our concerts on Eventbrite and Facebook, too. From there, you can:

Save concerts you want to remember to your own calendarMake online donations on each Eventbrite concert page

I WANT TO GET AN EMAIL REMINDER

We send a recital calendar out for each month.

We're GDPR-compliant—so you have maximum control over your personal information.

You’ll be able to decide whether or not to sign up on the next screen.