Cambridge – Harvard Square: First Church of Christ, Scientist

Cambridge – Harvard Square: First Church of Christ, Scientist
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The First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 13 Waterhouse Street, was designed in 1917 by church member Giles M. Smith of the noted Boston architectural firm of Bigelow and Wadsworth (later Bigelow, Wadsworth, Hubbard and Smith), who patterned it after Thomas Jefferson’s The Rotunda at the University of Virginia and the Pantheon in Rome. Due to cost constraints, the 6-story domed building was built in two phases between 1924 and 1930. The dome itself was designed and built by the noted Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company. Guastavino used its patented tile arch system consisting of Akoustolith, a porous ceramic material resembling stone, on the interior, with limestone on the exterior. The first services in the completed building were held on April 30, 1930, and after becoming debt free, it was dedicated on May 23, 1937. First Church of Christ, Scientist is still located in the building and is still an active branch of the Christian Science Mother Church.

King’s College Cambridge 2008 #10 What Sweeter Music John Rutter

Dr. Stephen Cleobury was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Music in the Queen’s birthday honours June 17 2009. Stephen Cleobury, has been the Organist and Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge since 1982, and, since 1983, conductor of the orchestra and chorus of the Cambridge University Musical Society. King’s College Cambridge 2008 What Sweeter Music John Rutter John Milford Rutter CBE (born September 24, 1945(1945-09-24)) is an English composer, choral conductor, editor, arranger and record producer. Born in London, he was educated at Highgate School, where a fellow pupil was John Tavener. He then read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the choir and then director of music from 1975 to 1979. In 1974, Rutter visited the United States at the invitation of choral musician Melvin (Mel) Olson and conducted the premiere of his cantata “Gloria” in Omaha, Nebraska, in the Witherspoon Hall of Joslyn Art Museum. The composition, commissioned by Olson’s Voices of Mel Olson chorale, has become a much-performed favorite over the years. (In the same concert, the Young People’s Choir of the Midlands performed Rutter’s “Eight Childhood Lyrics” in its US premiere performance.) In 1981 he founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works), particularly under his own label Collegium