Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble – Pilgrim Beatitudes
Loren W. Pontén, founder & artistic director

Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Zachary Lenox, baritone
Opus 7 Chamber Orchestra, Blayne Barnes, concertmaster
Joseph Adam, organ & piano
Mark Hilliard Wilson, guitar

Since its inception, Opus 7's name has been synonymous with musical artistry, technical ambition, and the elevation of the unheard story. Culminating thirty years of historic choral innovation, this final concert of the 30th-Anniversary Series will feature works by Felix Mendelssohn, Bern Herbolsheimer, Charles Griffin, Alf Houkom, Urmas Sisask, and their own composer-in-residence, John Muehleisen.

The main feature of this anniversary event is the world premiere of John Muehleisen's Pilgrim Beatitudes, a major work commissioned by Opus 7 for choir, chamber orchestra, and tenor and baritone soloists. Muehleisen's score illuminates the thought-provoking text by famed Scottish-Welsh librettist Euan Tait – a dramatic vivid retelling of the Beatitudes that explores the journey from stranger to friend, from unknown to seen. Pilgrim Beatitudes implores the listener to remember the continuing relevance of this profound text from the Gospel of Matthew—a call to notice and care for those treated as unwanted strangers among us. Virtuosic tenor soloist Zach Finkelstein and baritone Zachary Lenox bring to life the colorful and complex roles of the Stranger and the Pilgrim.

Preferred Seating: $50 in advance
General Seating: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Seniors: $20 in advance, $24 at the door
Students: Pay as able at the door with student ID
St. James Cathedral parishioners may request a pay-what-you-can parishioner pass from the music office or stop by the Columbia Street parish office reception desk Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

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The Cathedral will close after the 5:30pm Mass, and doors will open for the concert at 7:30pm. Cash and check walk-up ticket sales will be available at all doors; credit card sales will be at the Marion St. & Terry Ave. door only. 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.

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 using a credit card 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. Cash-only box office. 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. Cash-only box office. Advance ticket holders, Friends of Cathedral Music, and will call may enter here.

Parking Information
- The Cabrini Garage is available for free parking for this concert – take a ticket as you enter the garage, and write "St. James Cathedral" on it to receive free parking. The garage will close at 10:30pm sharp.

- The O'Dea High School parking lot is not available because of a school event.

- 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.

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 general questions about attending a concert at St. James Cathedral, please call the Music Office at 206-382-4874, or e-mail For ticket or concert program questions, contact Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble: Email or (206) 782-2899.

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