Saint Mark's Music Series
Thank you for joining us for the 2020-21 season! All concerts this year will be free and livestreamed to the public.
As part of our cathedral’s music program, the Music Series is called to offer its musical riches to the wider community so that all can experience the unique acoustical environment, superb pipe organs, and talented musicians dedicated to making music in a sacred space.
TO WATCH A CONCERT ONLINE: No ticket or registration is necessary! Simply visit saintmarks.org/livestream at the time of the concert, and the live video will be available. The concerts will be be streaming simultaneously on Facebook Live (at the cathedral's Facebook page), and sometimes also on the cathedral's YouTube channel.
On-demand video of the concerts will be made available after the event, if possible, on YouTube and the video archive page.
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DONATE: Make a one-time donation or become a Friend of the Music Series (see below) by donating here, or via Venmo (@SaintMarksCathedralSeattle), or by mailing a check (memo: Music Series). If you wish to sponsor upcoming events please contact Madeleine Stephens, Music Administrator. Thank you for your support!
2020-2021 Music Series: Concerts
The 2020-21 season was offered freely for all to enjoy by livestream. The season has closed and new information about the 2021-22 season will be shared towards the end of the summer.
Thank you to all who watched concerts this year!
PAST CONCERT EVENTS THIS SEASON
LIVESTREAMED: Flentrop Organ Concert
MICHAEL KLEINSCHMIDT, ORGANIST
Charles-Marie Widor, best known for the famous Toccata from his Fifth Symphony for organ, composed ten symphonies for solo organ. Michael Kleinschmidt will perform the last of these, Widor’s Symphonie Romane. Michael will offer a brief talk to orient the listener in the cultural context of 1899 Paris, the time and place in which Widor composed Symphonie Romane. Members of The Compline Choir will chant the Gregorian themes on which the symphony is based. Watch a video of the complete recital here.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020
LIVESTREAMED: Native American Flute Songs
GARY STROUTSOS, WORLD FLUTE ARTIST
Gary Stroutsos’ live performances have captivated audiences around the world. His meditative flute music evokes the lands and cultures that he has studied over the course of his 36-year career. Gary’s mission is to carry the music forward to future generations and to promote stewardship of diverse cultures and the natural environment. The sound of Native American flutes played by Gary in the acoustical environment of Saint Mark’s Cathedral is breathtaking. This concert is offered with special appreciation for Native American Heritage Month. Watch a video of the complete concert here.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020
LIVESTREAMED: Fritts Organ Concert
JOHN STUNTEBECK, ORGANIST
Here is a rare opportunity to hear a richly diverse collection of pieces played on the organ built for Thomsen Chapel in 2013 by Paul Fritts, a world-renowned organ builder based in Tacoma. As principal organist of the Sunday 8 a.m. worship service in the chapel, John Stuntebeck expertly highlights all the beauty of this marvelous instrument. His program will include works of three living North American composers: Rebecca Groom Te Velde, Calvin Fuller, and Denis Bédard; and works of Percy Whitlock, J. S. Bach, and W. A. Mozart. Watch a video of the complete concert here.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021
LIVESTREAMED: Concert à 3
JILLON DUPREE, HARPSICHORD; REBEKAH GILMORE, SOPRANO; PAGE SMITH, CELLO
Three towering talents in the Puget Sound Region – who also happen to be members of the Cathedral Choir – join forces to offer a varied program of music for voice with bowed and plucked strings. Composers featured include Hildegard, Picchi, Purcell, Peri, Gabrielli, Monteverdi, Fux, and Bach. Watch a video of the complete concert here.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021
LIVESTREAMED: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
Olivier Messiaen composed his sublime Quatour pour la fin du Temps in 1941 while captive in a Nazi prisoner of war camp. Considered to be one of the masterpieces of the 20th century, it is a deeply spiritual work contemplating the power of faith, hope and love to transcend time itself. Rose Bellini, cello; Luke Fitzpatrick, violin; Jesse Myers, piano; Rachel Yoder, clarinet. Watch a video of the complete concert here.
PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021
UPDATED: All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ
HANNAH BYUN, WYATT SMITH, SUSANNA VALLEAU, ORGANISTS
This year, three of Seattle’s finest young organists will take turns performing in this annual concert of appreciation for Capellmeister Bach. For the final concert of the 2020-21 Music Series -- and the second All-Bach Concert of the pandemic -- join Hannah, Wyatt, Susanna, and Johann Sebastian for a livestreamed concert of organ favorites from the mighty Flentrop organ of Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Watch a video of the complete concert here.
Presented in collaboration with the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
POSTPONED: ALEX WEIMANN, ORGANIST
For the second year in a row, COVID will prevent Alex Weimann from traveling across the Canadian border from his home in Vancouver to come and play the Flentrop. As a result, Alex Weimann’s All-Bach performance is now postponed to May 13, 2022 - a performance we will all greatly anticipate.
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021
2020-2021 Music Series: Liturgies
Liturgies on the Music Series this year will likely look and feel very different from usual, perhaps in unexpectedly delightful ways. Check back with this site or subscribe to email updates to receive further announcements.
This beloved annual liturgy 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. Free will offering.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2020
FIRST SUNDAYS, OCTOBER–MAY 4:30 P.M.
Choral Evensong is a treasure among Christian liturgies in the Anglican tradition. The Evensong Choir In July, 2018, this choir sang daily Evensong as choir-in-residence for one week each at Ely Cathedral and Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Learn more about the Evensong Choir here.
10/4/20 - Saint Michael and All Angels, observed
11/1/20 - All Saints Day
12/6/20 - The Second Sunday of Advent
1/3/21 - Christmas Lessons and Carols
2/7/21 - The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
3/7/21 - The Third Sunday in Lent
5/2/21 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter
6/6 - The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, observed
* Note: There will be no Evensong on Easter Day, April 4, 2021.