Nathan Whittaker, photo by Erika Chang We're excited to open the Cathedral doors once again to concert audiences! Our second concert of the 2021 Summer Recital Series is on July 21 with cellist Nathan Whittaker.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites
- Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
- Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
- Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

Nathan Whittaker, violoncello, enjoys a unique and diverse career as a concert soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, teacher, and historical cello specialist with concert stops ranging from New York to Seattle to Dubai. He is the Artistic Director of Gallery Concerts (Seattle), a concert series of chamber music on period instruments, and regularly performs with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Rosa Barocca, Byron Schenkman and Friends, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Recent appearances include the Vancouver Bach Festival, Pacific Baroque Festival, Early Music Seattle, Pacific MusicWorks, 45th Parallel, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Berkeley Early Music Festival, Ottawa ChamberFest, the Boston Early Music Festival, and as a guest lecturer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. An active pedagogue, he has served on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts. He can be heard on recordings by ATMA Musique, Harmonia, and Centaur, as well as live broadcasts by NPR, CBC, and KING FM. Dr. Whittaker holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Washington and Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University. He performs on a cello of Mario Gadda from 1957, and a baroque cello of Johann Christian Ficker II from c. 1770.

Summer concerts, approximately 1 hour long with no intermission, are only presented in-person and are not livestreamed. Registration is no longer required and there are no limits on the number of attendees. Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and optional (but recommended) for vaccinated people. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance to help prevent long entry lines, but tickets will also be sold at the door.


2021 Summer Recital Series: Nathan Whittaker, cello – Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – 7:00 pm

This link will take you to the ticketing site.

Suggested donation: $18.00 / students & seniors: $10.00
$1-$9.99 pay-what-you-can tickets and an option to offer a donation greater than the suggested amount are also available at the ticketing link.

To make Friends of Cathedral Music donor reservations, to request a complimentary parishioner ticket, or to buy advance tickets with a check or cash, contact or 206-382-4874.

More Information:

Concerts at St. James Cathedral
Concerts on the 2021 Summer Recital Series begin at 7:00pm and are approximately one hour long with no intermission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions
Masks continue to be required for those who are not vaccinated. Those who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus are recommended but not required to wear a mask in the Cathedral. Social distancing is no longer required. Those who are feeling ill or have a fever are requested to not attend the concert (refunds will be issued in those instances).

Where to Enter
There are three Cathedral entrances with box offices for concerts:

- The Marion Street/Terry Avenue entrance at the northeast corner of the Cathedral is (nearest to O'Dea parking). This entrance is handicapped accessible. The restrooms are located at this entrance.

- The Columbia Street/Courtyard entrance is on the south side of the Cathedral near the Chapel. Handicapped accessible via a ramp.

- The 9th Avenue entrance is on the west side of the Cathedral. This entrance is NOT handicapped accessible.

Tickets and Seating
You will receive a ticket by email after your purchase on Please bring a printed or electronic copy (on smartphone or tablet) of your ticket to the concert. You may check in at any entrance.

Concert seating is first come, first served. Please note that some seats, indicated by signs, are reserved for Friends of Cathedral Music donors.

If you or a member of your party has a specific seating need (wheelchair, aisle seat for walker, etc.), please contact us in advance at or 206-382-4874, and we will make sure that you are accommodated.

Parking Information
- Free parking is available in the O'Dea High School parking lot, entrances on Marion and Columbia Streets between Terry and Boren Avenues.

- Paid street parking is enforced until 8:00pm.

- Handicapped parking is available on the west side of Terry Avenue, between Marion and Columbia.

- The First Hill Medical Pavilion garage at 1124 Columbia St. (at the corner of Boren and Columbia, across from the O'Dea lot) is open until midnight, with $5.00 evening parking.

- A 24-hour garage, the First Hill Plaza Garage, located at 1300 Summit Avenue (between Madison and Spring), offers $3.00 parking for up to 10 hours on evenings after 5:00pm and weekends.

Public Transportation
St. James Cathedral is within a few blocks of a number of bus lines and the First Hill Streetcar. The #60 bus stops directly in front on 9th Ave. To plan your trip, visit (or 206-553-3000), or and search for Terry Ave & Marion St, Seattle.

If you have any questions, please call the Music Office at 206-382-4874, or e-mail

804 Ninth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 | 206-382-4874 |