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Boys and Girls Together (1970–90)

Salvatore Basile

in Fifth Avenue Famous

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231874
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234929 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231874.003.0006
Boys and Girls Together             (1970–90)

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John Grady would tell friends that he had always dreamed of having one job—music director of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Whether or not that was strictly true, most of his existence could be viewed as preparation for his work at the Cathedral, or at least a place like it. Called “the first native New Yorker since William Pecher to hold the position”, Grady had jumped into the Manhattan sacred music scene early on as a boy soprano at venues such as the Church of the Blessed Sacrament and the Church of Incarnation. At age thirteen, he discovered the organ. Once his career began to move, he was able to add some alluring European credits with recital work at Notre Dame and Westminster Cathedral. Grady drew up plans of the sort that had never been attempted before at St. Patrick's: concerts with full orchestra, chamber ensembles, and as a particular innovation, a Sunday afternoon series of organ recitals. This was a new and somewhat radical idea for any Catholic church, and a definite first for the Cathedral.

Keywords: John Grady; music director; St. Patrick's Cathedral; sacred music; organ recitals; concerts

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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