Saint Mark’s celebrates the creative human spirit by presenting outstanding music events in the sacred spaces of our cathedral (Flentrop organ concerts, Organ Plus concerts, choral and chamber music concerts), as well as exploring such artistic endeavors as drama, visual arts in the cathedral, and writing. Read more about choirs affiliated with Saint Mark’s Cathedral here.
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Welcome to the 2017-18 Music Series at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle! Saint Mark’s building has always been a magical vessel for music. But it will be even more so, with the completion of the new windows and limestone cladding being installed as I write. It is anticipated to be a quieter space in which to listen to music. Come and hear how this “Holy Box” gives every sound wings, every soul a lift heavenward. I hope to see you often!
Note: In summer and autumn, 2017, the Cathedral building is being clad in limestone, its windows are being replaced, and an elevator is being installed in the southwest corner. With the exception of the concert by the National Lutheran Choir on September 29, the Cathedral Music Series is suspended until December.
THE NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 7:30 P.M.
The National Lutheran Choir leads a community-wide evening of singing in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This unique program, featuring the National Lutheran Choir, a massed choir of singers from local choirs assembled for this momentous occasion, and the audience, will celebrate the rich treasury of music – from early hymns to new works – expressing the journey of the Church. Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-voice National Lutheran Choir seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music.
THE O ANTIPHONS SERVICE OF ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 7:00 P.M.
This beloved annual service of music and pageantry celebrates the beginning of Advent – the season of longing, vigilance, and expectation in preparation for Christmas. With the Cathedral Choir, the Compline Choir, and the Senior Choristers of Saint Mark’s Choir School.
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: BACH CANTATAS FOR ADVENT
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2:00 P.M.
Pacific MusicWorks, Stephen Stubbs, Artistic Director, present four dramatic Advent cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach which trace the journey to Christmas through prophecy, anticipation, and, ultimately, hope. The story comes to life through some of Bach’s most beautiful music, from the intimate to the celebratory, full of memorable melodies and colorful musical tapestries. This extraordinary program features the voices of Tess Altiveros, soprano: Laura Pudwell, alto; Zachary Finkelstein, tenor; and Zachary Lennox, baritone.
THE PAGEANT OF THE NATIVITY
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 7:00 P.M.
The Choir School choristers, Cathedral Evensong Choir and young children of Saint Marks join forces in this dramatic telling of the nativity story. Costumes of cathedral finery, visual art displayed within cathedral architecture, and over 50 choristers will bring to life the story of the birth of Christ.
CONCERT ON THE FLENTROP ORGAN
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 7:30 P.M.
Michael Kleinschmidt, organist
Mr. Kleinschmidt is Canon Musician of Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Among other works, he will perform Jehan Alain’s Trois Danses – a set of three striking pieces: Joys, Laments, and Struggles, containing within them some of the most rhythmically compelling music ever composed for the organ.
THE TUDOR CHOIR
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 8:00 P.M.
Seattle’s Tudor Choir appears for the first time since 2015, directed by founder Doug Fullington. The Western Wind Mass by John Taverner is featured alongside a world premiere of a work based on it by rising star composer Nico Muhly. This appearance by the Tudor Choir is produced by Cappella Romana.
QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME, BY OLIVIER MESSIAEN
PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2:00 P.M.
Composed in 1941 while captive in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, Olivier Messiaen’s sublime Quartet for the End of Time is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century and a deeply spiritual work contemplating faith, time, and love. Luke Fitzpatrick, violin; Rose Bellini, cello; James Falzone, clarinet; Jesse Myers, piano.
ORGAN PLUS CONCERT (IN THOMSON CHAPEL)
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2:00 P.M.
Wyatt Smith, organist, and Natalie Ham, flutist, offer a diverse program of solos and duets. Both artists are advanced candidates for the Doctor of Music Arts degree in the University of Washington School of Music. Mr. Smith is also Organist of Saint Alphonsus Parish, Seattle.
ALL BACH CONCERT ON THE FLENTROP ORGAN
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 7:30 P.M.
Annette Richards and David Yearsley, organists
Drs. Richards and Yearsley serve together on the music faculty of Cornell University. Dr. Richards is a specialist in the music of J. S. Bach’s best known son, C. P. E. Bach. In this program, she and Dr. Yearsley will compare and contrast the music of father and son.
THE CATHEDRAL TRIO
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 7:30 P.M.
This trio of world class musicians was formed in 2007 and have been Resident Artists on Saint Mark’s Music Series ever since. Their programs strike a perfect balance among beloved traditional idioms and engaging new music.
SAINT MARK’S CHOIR SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7 P.M.
With the Cathedral Junior Choristers, Senior Choristers, and Schola (teens), directed by Rebekah Gilmore, Associate Musician at Saint Mark’s.
FIRST SUNDAYS, OCTOBER-MAY 4:30 P.M.
(Note: The December Evensong will be replaced by O Antiphons at 7:00 p.m., and The April Evensong will be on the 2nd Sunday of the month, April 8.)
Choral Evensong is a treasure among Christian liturgies in the Anglican tradition. Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir comprises an adult subgroup of the Cathedral Choir, with advanced boy- and girl-choristers and the teenaged Schola of Saint Mark’s Choir School.
Admission to Choral Evensong is free.
OCTOBER 1 The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
NOVEMBER 5 The Festival of All Saints
DECEMBER 3 O Antiphons Service of Christmas
Lessons and Carols at 7:00 p.m. *
JANUARY 7 The First Sunday after the Epiphany
FEBRUARY 4 The Feast of the Presentation of Christ
in the Temple
MARCH 4 The Third Sunday in Lent
APRIL 8 The Second Sunday of Easter
MAY 6 The Sixth Sunday of Easter
* This service will take the place of monthly Evensong.
We celebrate the creative human spirit by offering dramatic presentations in the sacred spaces of our Cathedral.
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