Religion: Culture at St. Matthew's

At one end of the neo-Gothic transept, Sculptor Henry Moore's outsize figure of the Madonna & Child sat tranquil and serene. At the other hung Painter Graham Sutherland's agonized Christ on the Cross, bearing the sins and degradation of the world. Between them, in the center aisle, stood full-throated Soprano Kirsten Flagstad, singing Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner. The audience, warned not to applaud in the church, sat in pent-up enthusiasm which mounted from song to song, until at last, when Flagstad made her final bow, some 20 of her listeners jumped to their feet...

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