The Cathedral of St. Philip Choir & Schola
Dale Adelmann | conductor
Caroline Robinson | soloist
The ABO’s opening celebratory concert is fit for a king! G.F. Handel’s exhilarating Zadok the Priest opens the program. Composed for King George II and his consort Queen Caroline in 1727, this immensely popular anthem has been performed at every subsequent English monarch’s coronation, including that of the newly crowned King Charles III.
Joining us for this concert are The Cathedral of St. Philip Choirs and the Cathedral’s superb organist and international soloist, Caroline Robinson. Caroline’s sublime artistry will be on full display in Handel’s Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 2 in B-flat Major. Bach’s Orchestra Suite #3 will enthrall our audiences with its rich instrumentation including the rare appearance of three trumpets and timpani. This blockbuster is not to be missed!
October 13, 7:30 pm | The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta
October 14, 4:00 pm | First Baptist Church, Decatur
Immediately following Friday’s Opening Night performance, please join us as we pop a cork in celebration of the 25th Anniversary Season!
Ticket sales for October 13 and 14 are being managed by The Cathedral of St. Philip. The link below redirects you to their website.
The Cathedral of St. Philip is well known for its broad tradition of choral music ministry. Some 40 adult volunteer singers, 12 staff singers, 25 choristers (children and youth), and three volunteer organists, along with our Organist and Artist-in-Residence, Organist and Associate Choirmaster, and Canon for Music provide music for approximately 225 Cathedral services and 75 weddings and funerals each year.
The Cathedral Choir is an auditioned group of approximately 40 volunteers and 12 professional singers which sings for the 11:15 a.m. service each Sunday, for the 8:45 a.m. service once a month, and for various special liturgies throughout the liturgical year. The Cathedral Choir typically presents a major sacred choral work with orchestra each season, and has undertaken pilgrimages to England to serve as choir-in-residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the cathedrals in Canterbury, Coventry, Durham, Salisbury, and St. Patrick’s in Dublin, Ireland. Future pilgrimages to England are being planned.
The Cathedral Schola is a highly skilled chamber choir of auditioned singers selected from the Cathedral Choir. The Schola sings Evensong, Choral Eucharists, and services of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. on most Sundays from September through May. The choir collaborates regularly with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, who are entering their fourth season as artists-in-residence. Together with the Cathedral Choir, they have recorded three compact discs for Gothic Records which are available internationally via Gothic's distribution agreement with Naxos.
Dale Adelmann was named Canon for Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip in 2009, having served previously as director of music for All Saints’, Beverly Hills; the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo; and the Gentlemen of St John’s College, Cambridge. Over the years he has earned a reputation as one of America’s leading interpreters of the Anglican-Episcopal choral tradition, leading choral festivals and workshops across the United States, directing his choirs in-residence in the great cathedrals and abbeys of the UK, releasing multiple professional recordings, and conducting baroque and modern orchestras in dozens of major sacred works.
Reviewers hailed his book on the revival of Anglican choral worship as “essential reading” for Anglican church historians & musicians alike, and his choral arrangements are published by Paraclete Press and Trinitas.
In 2018 he was made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his scholarly and practical contributions to Anglican music, and he is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Punctuated by a year of study in Freiburg, Germany, he holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BMus), the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (MMus), and the University of Cambridge (PhD), where he became the first North American to sing in the renowned Choir of St. John’s College.
Dr. Caroline Robinson has been featured as a solo recitalist across the United States and in Europe. Her playing has been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams,” and she has been a featured performer at conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, and the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Robinson is a laureate of the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance and holds First Prize from the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (2008) and the West Chester University Organ Competition (2010).
Caroline holds the post of Organist and Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, where she shares organ playing and accompanying responsibilities and leads the RSCM-based Chorister program. Dr. Robinson is an active continuo player with early music ensembles, including the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. She is the Artist Affiliate in Organ Instruction at Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) and maintains a private studio. Dr. Robinson earned organ degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. With the aid of a Fulbright scholarship, Caroline studied organ and harpsichord at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse.
Dr. Robinson is represented in North America by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.
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