The Arts At Saint Mark's
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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2018-2019 Music Series
With the completion of the Cathedral renovation, the 2018-19 Arts at Saint Mark's Music Series promises to be an exquisite season! Come and hear how this sanctuary gives every sound wings, every soul a lift heavenward.
The Cathedral Trio
Naomi Kato, harp; Brian Fairbanks, flute; and Joyce Ramee, viola. 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 of beloved traditional idioms and engaging new music. This evening they will present the world premiere of local Seattle composer Dell Wade’s “Little Songs,” as well as other works by Dussek, Piston, Devienne, and Jan Bach.
Friday, March 15
Show 7:30 P.M. Doors 7:00 P.M
$15 Adult, $10 Student / Senior
All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ: Edoardo Bellotti, organist
An organist renowned for his insightful and energetic performances of baroque music. Through an all-Bach program, audiences will experience how Bellotti blends “historical research and creativity…into a charming performance” (Corriere della Sera, Italy).
Friday, May 3
Show 7:30 P.M. Doors 7:00 P.M
$20 Adult, $15 Student / Senior
FIRST SUNDAYS, OCTOBER-MAY 4:30 P.M.
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. All are welcome to attend.
October 7 – The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
November 4 – The Festival of All Saints
December 2 – O Antiphons at 7 p.m. *
January 6 – Lessons and Carols on the Feast of the Epiphany **
February 3 – The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple
March 3 – The Last Sunday after The Epiphany
April 7 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent
May 5 – The Third Sunday of Easter
June 2 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter: Ascension Sunday
* O Antiphons at 7 p.m. will take the place of Evensong on this day.
** Epiphany Lessons and Carols at 4:30 will take the place of Evensong on this day.
Past Concerts 2018-19
Concert on the Flentrop Organ: Szilárd Kovács, organist
Friday, October 12, 2018
This Hungarian organist will make his Seattle debut at Saint Mark’s, improvising on submitted themes and performing a variety of beloved from the organ literature. Ranging from Bach and Schubert to Liszt and Franck, the program will begin and conclude with original compositions by Szilárd himself.
They Are At Rest: Cappella Romana
A Remembrance of the 1918 Armistice
Friday, November 12, 2018
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, this professional Portland-based choir will sing of Elgar, Parry, Holst, Gurney, and Stanford. English conductor Guy Protheroe returns to direct Cappella Romana in this concert of profound sacred works by British composers.
Messiaen’s Twenty Visions of the Infant Jesus: Reinis Zariņš, pianist.
December 8, 2018
This is truly profound Christmas music! Here is a rare opportunity to hear Olivier Messiaen’s penetrating Christmas cycle, Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jesus, in a complete performance by candlelight in a sacred space by a dazzling pianist who has made this 20th-century masterpiece a specialty in his repertoire.
Reflections from the artist:
“I have been performing Messiaen’s Twenty Gazes on newborn Jesus for several seasons now, but I must admit that the one performance in Seattle St Mark’s Cathedral in December (two days before Messiaen’s 110th birthday) was the most special. The acoustics of such a magnificent space, the darkened candlelit atmosphere, the extremely attentive audience — it was a dream come true. All the more joy, then, to hear that this had been a dream of many years, now come true also for the cathedral’s music director!” – Reinis Zariņš
Concert on the Flentrop Organ: Paul Jacobs, organist
Friday, January 25, 2019
Hailed as “one of the major musicians of our time” (The New Yorker) and a leading concert organist, Paul Jacobs is also Professor of Organ at The Juilliard School in New York, NY. Performing for the first time on the Flentrop organ, Paul will feature Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Ives, and Weaver on a varied program celebrating classical and modernist works.
The Boston Brass
Friday, March 1st, 2019
Through their unique blend of classical arrangements and jazz standards, Boston Brass delights audiences of all ages. Michael Kleinschmidt, organist, will accompany. This promises to be a lively evening!
Reflections from an audience member:
“We loved the Boston Brass concert! It was truly wonderful – what a rich variety of sounds and styles! Amazing. And the organ solos and pieces with the brass instruments, were wonderful and amazing. My partner was smiling every time I glanced at her. I was thinking, “This is one of the very best concerts we’ve ever heard.” Wow.”