|September 22, 2014 • VOL. 52, NO. 16 • Oakland, CA|
| Whitaker's music to fill cathedral
Janèt Sullivan Whitaker writes music to be sung by many voices in big spaces. Chances are you have sung one of her songs on any given Sunday.
The pieces will showcase the choir ministry, and offer the opportunity for Sullivan Whitaker to sing some of the songs herself.
Performing a concert in the cathedral, she said, "is such a privilege and honor."
It's a space she knows well. She was the cantor for the cathedral's dedication Mass in 2008.
But before that day, as a member of the dedication committee, she stepped into the unfinished cathedral, where hard hats were required and tarps covered some of the spaces.
"My heart just leaped. My eyes went up," she said, as she gazed for the first time at the artwork over the altar. "The Lord is my shepherd."
On the drive home, that moment of wonder turned into a song, which will be part of the Sept. 27 program.
Additional offerings will include music of Advent, Lent and Eternal Life, she said, evoking "eternal images that take us into paradise."
She will perform three songs from her new CD, "This Place of Perfect Peace."
Also new for the audience will be her social justice songs.
"I think it's important to sing about the hungry, the homeless, the battered," she said.
Sullivan Whitaker is also putting her money where her heart is: A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the work of Catholic Charities of the East Bay.
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