Loreto Aramendi, Organist from San Sebastián, Spain
Please note that this concert begins earlier than usual, at 7:00pm
We are pleased to welcome Loreto Aramendi, international concertist and main organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ (1863) of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro in San Sebastián, Spain. She brings her virtuosity and a delightfully varied program of organ music by Buxtehude, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, and Tournemire to the splendid organ and acoustic of St. James Cathedral.

Ms. Aramendi has given numerous recitals at international festivals in the United States, Japan, Russia, Canada, Argentina and most of the European countries. Venues have included Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Auditorio Nacional of Madrid (Bach Vermut), Notre Dame of Paris, Moscow Cathedral, Hallgrímskikja in Reykjavik, Saint Patrick's Cathedral of New York, Westminster Cathedral, and the Stavanger Konserthus.

In 2015 she published a double CD recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro with works by Franck, Liszt, Brahms, and Tournemire, which received the 4 stars award from Choir & Organ magazine, and was acclaimed by The Sydney Organ Journal.

She started her studies at the Conservatoire of San Sebastián where she obtained higher degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ, and chamber music with Loreto F. Imaz, Esther Mendiburu and Cristina Navajas. She studied organ at the National Regional Conservatoire of Bayonne with Bernadette Carrau and Esteban Landart, receiving the Gold Medal and the First Prize upon completing the Advanced Degree course. Entering into the National Higher Conservatoire of Lyon (C.N.S.M.D), she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard and J. Von Oortmersen, obtaining the First Prize with Mention trés bien and her National Diploma of Advanced Studies with specialization in the organ.


Dietrich Buxtehude – Toccata in F Major, BuxWV 156
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Franz Liszt – "Funérailles" from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173, No. 7
Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse macabre, Op. 40
Gabriel Fauré – Pelléas et Mélisande
   I. Prélude
   III. Sicilienne
Charles Tournemire – Choral-Improvisation sur le "Victimae Paschali"


Loreto Aramendi: Organist from San Sebastián, Spain – Wednesday, February 8, 2023 – 7:00 pm

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Suggested donation: $20.00 | students & seniors: $12.00
Pay-what-you-can tickets and an option to offer a donation greater than the suggested amount are available at the ticketing link.

The concert begins at 7:00pm and is approximately one hour long with no intermission.

Doors open at 6:30pm. No reserved seating is available for this concert except for Friends of Cathedral Music donors.

While advance purchase of tickets is encouraged and greatly appreciated, walk-up tickets will be available at the Marion St. & Terry Ave. door only (box office will open no later than 6:30pm). Those who have purchased tickets in advance, are entering with a Friends of Cathedral Music membership card, or are on the will-call list may enter at any entrance.

Online ticket sales will be available through the end of the concert. To purchase advance tickets with a check or cash, visit the Cathedral parish office, on the north side of Columbia Street between 9th and Terry Avenues. The parish office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

COVID Guidelines
Proof of vaccination is no longer required for Cathedral events. The CDC and King County Public Health continue to strongly recommend you wear a mask at large indoor events. While not required, we encourage all concert attendees to wear masks while community spread continues. We ask that all audience members be respectful of each other’s choices. This policy is subject to change based on Archdiocesan, King County, and Washington State COVID guidelines and regulations.

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Where to Enter
There are three Cathedral entrances for concerts:

- The Marion Street/Terry Avenue entrance is at the northeast corner of the Cathedral (nearest to O'Dea parking). This entrance is accessible to those with disabilities. Restrooms and the Box Office to purchase walk-up tickets are located at this entrance.

- The Columbia Street/Courtyard entrance is on the south side of the Cathedral near the Chapel. Accessible via a ramp. Advance ticket holders, Friends of Cathedral Music, and will call may enter here.

- The 9th Avenue entrance is on the west side of the Cathedral. This entrance is NOT accessible to those who use a wheelchair or have other mobility issues. Advance ticket holders, Friends of Cathedral Music, and will call may enter here.

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. If you are unable to print or don't have an electronic device, we will have a list of all attendees at the entrances. You may check in at any entrance.

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
- Due to a basketball game at O'Dea High School, the Cabrini Tower Garage, on Marion Street between Terry & Boren Avenues, will now be open for FREE parking for the Loreto Aramendi concert at St. James Cathedral (2/8/2023). Please take a ticket when entering, and write "St. James" on it before handing it to the attendant when exiting. If you don't write "St. James", you will have to pay for your parking. The garage will close at 10:00pm.

- Limited free parking (~65 spaces) is available in the O'Dea High School parking lot, entrances on Marion and Columbia Streets between Terry and Boren Avenues.

- Street parking is $2.50/hour (free after 8:00pm).

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

- There is a small pay lot across the street from the Cathedral on 9th Avenue and a larger pay lot at 711 Madison Street. If you park at a garage in the neighborhood, be sure to check the closing time.

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

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