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Three extraordinary music events in an extraordinary space

SEPTEMBER 26 ~ 7:30 pm MARK HILLIARD WILSON
Sonando Caminos de Compostella - Dreams of the path of stars
An evening of music at the St. James Cathedral Chapel, inspired by the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Music from the Middle Ages to modern times: Cantigas de Santa Maria, Suite Espanola by Gaspar Sanz, as well as dances of Latin America by Astor Piazzolla, Adolfo Meija Navarro, and Walter Heinze.
Suggested donation $15, seniors pay as able. No advance tickets.

NOVEMBER 2 ~ 7:30 pm FAURE'S REQUIEM FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS
Faure's beautiful Requiem in its intended setting, the solemn chanted Mass for the Dead, on the Feast of All Souls, with the Cathedral Choir, men's chant choir, Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, soprano Lisa Cardwell Ponten, baritone Thomas Thompson, and organist Joseph Adam, conducted by James Savage. The Very Reverend Michael G. Ryan, Presider.
Free will donation.

NOVEMBER 8 ~ 7:30 pm FESTIVAL OF CATHEDRAL CHOIRS
An evening of ancient and modern choral works by Bach, Britten, St. Hildegard of Bingen, Part, Stravinsky and others - with three commissioned world premieres - in celebration of 25th anniversary of Image, Seattle's treasured quarterly of writing, art, and faith. Performers include the Women of St. James Schola, James Savage, director; Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, conductor and artistic director; Medieval Women's Choir, Margriet Tindemans, artistic director; Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Ponten, director.
Donation at the door. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.

As part of the 500th anniversary celebration of St. Teresa of Avila, the Teresian Singers of St. James performed works by Carmelite sister Claire Sokol and internationally reknowned soprano and composer Dolora Zajick.

Click here to see a clip of Dr. James Savage, St. James Cathedral Music Director, directing a virtual choir of Carmelite sisters performing Nada te Turbe by Claire Sokol, OCD, based on text from St. Teresa's historic bookmark.

". . .And so, in company with the choirs of Angels, we praise you, and with joy we proclaim:" Every time we assemble for the Eucharistic Liturgy, the texts of the Roman Rite urge us to join our voices to the divine choral music of the celestial city. In an attempt to manifest on earth hints of the heavenly choirs to come, musical resources at St. James Cathedral are focused to an unusual degree on choirs and groups of choirs. At more than 150 services a year, choirs support the choir of the assembly, provide musical commentary on the texts of the Mass, and reveal something of the eternal liturgy in heaven. The fullest image at St. James of this celestial choral adoration is experienced on the Feast of Corpus Christi, when all of the Cathedral choirs join the assembly’s choir, "rank on rank," in the unending hymn: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus...