Music | 5 Sacred Concerts

Saturday, May 1, 2010 | 8:00pm

Joseph Adam, Cathedral Organist

Cathedral Organist Joseph Adam begins the Song of Songs Festival with Six Vesper Antiphons by Marcel Dupré, works based on texts from the Song of Songs, a 10th-anniversary performance of The Last Judgment by Naji Hakim, commissioned by St. James Cathedral for the inauguration of the east apse Rosales organ in 2000, and other works by Olivier Messiaen and Louis Vierne.  Click here for Joseph Adam's biography


Friday, May 7, 2010 | 8:15pm

Kathryn Weld, mezzo-soprano

Cathedral Soloist Kathryn Weld, with Cathedral Organist Joseph Adam, piano, presents a program of Sacred Song, with compositions by Bern H. Herbolsheimer, Samuel Barber, Paul Hindemith, Hugo Wolf and others.


Friday, May 14, 2010 | 8:15pm
Saturday, May 15, 2010 | 8:00pm

Song of Songs Festival

Seattle Pro Musica, a Cathedral Resident Ensemble, continues the SONG OF SONGS FESTIVAL. This collaboration between Seattle Pro Musica, St. James Cathedral, and the Medieval Women’s Choir will include concerts, workshops, art exhibits, and lectures. Seattle Pro Musica’s concerts highlight the Festival with choral settings of texts from the Song of Songs from all over the world, including world premieres by Ivan Moody and Karen P. Thomas. Suggested donation at the door is $25. 206-781-2766.


Sunday, May 16, 2010 | 7:00pm

Cantilena, A Medieval Open Sing

We offer you a unique opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain: come and sing for one evening, and experience the sheer joy of singing with fellow music lovers. Medieval Women’s Choir director Margriet Tindemans will direct several settings of texts from the Song of Songs, mostly in Latin. Scores in modern notation will be provided.

This event is open to the public, so please make sure to bring your musically inclined friends. Space is limited in the beautiful Chapel at St. James Cathedral, so don’t wait too long to register. For information call 206-264-4822, or go to


Saturday, May 22, 2010 | 8:00pm

Medieval Women's Choir

Medieval Women's Choir, a Cathedral Resident Ensemble, continues the Song of Songs Festival. The biblical Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) holds a central place in both the Christian and Jewish traditions. Its sensuous imagery has inspired poets and composers through the ages. Boston soprano Laurie Monahan and the choir will present both medieval settings of texts from the Song of Songs and new settings by composers Karen P. Thomas and Shira Kammen. Ms. Kammen will also be playing medieval fiddle and harp. For information: 206-264-4822 or visit


Detail of South Transept Stained Glass Window, St. James Cathedral. Charles Connick, 1916-1917.