Previous concerts from the 2019-2020 season of the Saint Mark’s Music Series.

Concert on the Flentrop: Christopher Houlihan, organist

Friday, October 18, 2019

Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of organists, praised by the media as gifted (New York Times), dazzling (Wall Street Journal), and eloquent (Los Angeles Times). The first program on the 2019-20 Music Series includes Buxtehude's Praeludium in G minor, Schumann's Four Sketches, and selections from various Vierne symphonies.

The Play Of Daniel: The Boston Camerata and the Saint Mark's Choir School

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The fiery prophecies of Daniel, young captive in corrupt Babylon, ring forth in this stunning production by Anne Azéma. Brought to you by a collaboration among Early Music Seattle, The Boston Camerata, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the greatest musical play from the French Middle Ages dramatically tells a story of justice and of truth spoken to power. The Boston Camerata is joined by the Saint Mark’s Choir School, directed by Rebekah Gilmore.

POSTPONED: Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Monthly Choral Evensong at Saint Mark’s will be extended to include Olivier Messiaen’s sublime Quatuor pour la fin du Temps. Composed in 1941 while captive in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, it 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.

This concert was postponed due to COVID-19, and will take place instead on March 28, 2021.

LIVESTREAM: All-Bach On The Flentrop, Michael Kleinschmidt, organist

Friday, May 8, 2020

Right now Bach is as essential as ever, and we are excited to be able to bring Bach to your homes through livestreaming. Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon for Cathedral Music, will offer a 70-minute program featuring three of Bach’s famous Toccatas and Fugues, and Bach’s monumental Passacaglia. In addition, Canon Kleinschmidt will offer brief commentary from the organ console about the music and the Flentrop organ itself.

This concert was livestreamed and is archived here.


Organ Plus: Zach Hemenway, organist; Danielle Sampson, soprano

Featuring the Fritts Organ in Thomsen Chapel

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Zach Hemenway is currently Director of Music of Epiphany Parish, Seattle; Danielle Sampson is an avid performer of Baroque music. Together these Seattle locals will perform a program of music by composers Hildegard von Bingen, Buxtehude, Rameau, Bach, and more.

Vehicles for Variation: Beloved Chaconnes for String and Organ

Friday, February 21, 2020

Everyone loves a Chaconne! A Chaconne is a type of musical composition used as a vehicle for variation on a repeated short harmonic progression. Its appeal lies in the tension between hypnotic repetition and ever-evolving variation. This program will include a Chaconne for organ by Buxtehude, for string quartet by Britten, for violin and organ by Vitali, and J. S. Bach’s famous Chaconne in D minor for solo violin. Jennifer Caine Provine, violin; Emilie Choi, violin; Alex Grimes, viola; Page Smith, cello; and Michael Kleinschmidt, organ.

CANCELLED: The Cathedral Trio

Formed in 2007, this trio of Resident Artists performs a perfect balance of beloved traditional idioms and engaging new music. The program will feature Japanese Songs, by Ian Krouse; 16th Century Italian Lute Pieces, by Ferenc Molinaro; and Trios by Leo Smit and Seymour Barab, among others. Naomi Kato, harp; Brian Fairbanks, flute; and Joyce Ramee, viola.

This event was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Messiaen's La Nativité: Joseph Adam, Organist

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Here is a rare opportunity to hear this truly profound Christmas music! In 2018, Saint Mark’s presented Messiaen’s Christmas cycle for piano, Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jesus. This year we present his Christmas cycle for organ, La Nativité du Seigneur. Joseph Adam is Director of Music and Organist of Saint James Cathedral, Seattle, and Resident Organist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

CANCELLED: Tchaikovsky’s Divine Liturgy: Cappella Roman with The Pacific Youth Choir

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Tchaikovsky’s singular artistic voice in his Liturgy broke open the floodgates of creativity in Russian Orthodox choral music, including music for young singers. Grand and majestic sections of the Divine Liturgy beautifully contrast with its intimate moments of devotion and awe. Cappella Romana is joined by over 100 singers from Pacific Youth Choir, basso profundo Glenn Miller, and guest conductor Benedict Sheehan.

This event was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

POSTPONED: Alex Weimann, All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ

Friday, May 8, 2020

Alexander Weimann, Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, is also a renowned organist. Weimann will select from the great canon of Bach’s famous works and will also play improvisations in the style of the master composer.

This event was postponed due to COVID-19, and will take place May 14, 2021.