SANCTUARY IN THE CITY
Free first wed lunchtime performances, downtown.
Our third season of Sanctuary in the City, free lunchtime concerts at the crossroads of Downtown and Belltown, aims to foster a spirit of contemplation and respite in the midst of our busy and stressful lives. Join us for a 45-minute concert featuring some of the region’s finest musicians performing baroque to modern works, including many works by underrepresented composers. Performances take place in the beautiful and luminous sanctuary of Christ our Hope at the Josephinum, 1902 2nd Ave (2nd Ave. at Stewart St.) in Downtown Seattle.
Wednesday, Oct 2 - 12:10 pm
BACH: Conversations in Counterpoint
Soprano Linda Tsatsanis joins baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky for a journey into some of Bach’s most personal and intimate music, from arias that explore our relationship to the sacred to remarkably constructed instrumental works, blending beautiful melodies and lively dances with unparalleled musical architecture.
Wednesday, Nov 6 - 12:10 pm
The Art of the Fugue
A monumental testament of both the breadth of Baroque style and compositional art, Bach’s final masterpiece comes to life in rich and revealing arrangements for period string quartet and organ, performed by some of Seattle’s finest Baroque performers.
Wednesday, Dec 4 - 12:10 pm
In Mary’s Arms: Christmas lullabies
A mother and her baby. At the very heart of the Christmas story is the most human of miracles, one that has inspired composers over the centuries to write some of their most heartfelt and beautiful music. Soprano Danielle Sampson and organist Henry Lebedinsky perform lullabies and motets by Tarquinio Merula, Isabella Leonarda, and more.
Wednesday, Jan 8- 12:10 pm
Reed all about it - music for oboe and Bassoon
While he was best known for his violin concertos, Antonio Vivaldi also composed some of the 18th century’s finest music for double reeds. Hear it, along with works by Telemann, Platti, and more, performed by baroque oboist Curtis Foster, baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh, and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky.
Wednesday, Feb 5 – 12:10 pm
A Duel in Dresden
In the early 18th century the Dresden court orchestra was considered the best in Europe, in no small part due to the leadership of Johann Georg Pisendel and Francesco Maria Veracini, rival violinists whose extravagant virtuosity was outdone by their colorful and larger-than-life personalities. Experience the fireworks – both on stage and behind-the-scenes – as we bring this extraordinary story to life in this extraordinary program featuring baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham, baroque cellist Caroline Nicolas, and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky.
Wednesday, Mar 4 - 12:10 pm
The Elizabeth Project
In celebration of Women’s History Month, harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky performs works by 18th century female keyboard composers Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Elizabeth Turner, and Elizabetta Gambarini, and shares insights into the lives of these three extraordinary musicians.
Wednesday, Apr 1 – 12:10 pm
Telemann’s ‘Paris’ quartets
Georg Philipp Telemann’s six ‘Paris’ quartets, written for some of the finest French musicians of his age, showcase the cosmopolitan composer’s unique ability to blend emotional depth with charm, wit, and virtuosity. Baroque flautist Joshua Romatowski leads an all-star ensemble in selections from this remarkable collection.
Wednesday, May 6 – 12:10 pm
Joyne Hands: Music of Elizabethan England
You’ll want to dance a galliard in the aisles at this vibrant program of consort and dance music from Elizabethan England, including works by John Dowland, William Byrd, and more, performed by recorder player Miyo Aoki, baroque violinist Shulamit Kleinerman, gambist Caroline Nicolas, lutenist Kevin Payne, and harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie.