SANCTUARY IN THE CITY

Free first wed lunchtime performances, downtown.

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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.


Linda Tsatsanis, soprano

Linda Tsatsanis, soprano

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.


Caroline Nicolas, baroque cello

Caroline Nicolas, baroque cello

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.


Danielle Sampson, soprano

Danielle Sampson, soprano

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.


Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon

Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon

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.


Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin

Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin

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.


Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre

Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre

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.


Joshua Romatowski, baroque flute

Joshua Romatowski, baroque flute

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.


Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord

Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord

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.


MERCHANDISE

We are pleased to announce the release of our CD, Total Eclipse: Music for Handel's Tenor, scheduled to be released later this year. Preorder a copy now.