SANCTUARY IN THE CITY
Free first wed lunchtime performances, downtown.
Our second 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. After the concert, join the musicians and fellow music-lovers next door at the James Moore Bar and Kitchen for sandwiches, treats, and more!
Wednesday, September 5 12:10 pm
Main Stage Season Preview
The season kicks off with sopranos Tess Altiveros and Danielle Sampson along with Stephen Stubbs and the Pacific MusicWorks House Band offering a preview of the 2018-2019 Pacific MusicWorks Main Stage concerts, including music by Barbara Strozzi, Monteverdi, Corelli, and Handel.
Wednesday, Oct 3 - 12:10 pm
a black lives matter Recital
New York-based baritone James Dargan and pianist Henry Lebedinsky present a program celebrating Black history through the music of five legendary Black singers: Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Robert McFerrin, Sr.
Wednesday, Nov 7 - 12:10 pm
music from the birth of democracy
By the 1770s, Paris was at the heart of the intellectual, political, and cultural upheavals of the Age of Enlightenment, which would soon bring about both the American and French Revolutions. Harpist Maxine Eilander and violinist Tekla Cunningham perform music from the Parisian salons by Anne Brillon de Jouy, Zoe de la Rue, and Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint Georges.
Wednesday, Dec 5 - 12:10 pm
Organist Henry Lebedinsky and the Pacific MusicWorks Underground House Choir perform Christmas carols from Renaissance and Baroque Italy, and Latin America, including Isabella Leonarda’s brilliant Gloria in Excelsis Deo and Black Brazilian composer José Mauricio Nuñes Garcia’s elegant O Magnum Mysterium.
Wednesday, Jan 2- 12:10 pm
Music for Church and Cello
Feast your ears on lush soundscapes as University of Washington doctoral student Chris Young performs music for unaccompanied cello in the glorious acoustic of Christ Our Hope at the Josephinum.
Wednesday, Feb 6 – 12:10 pm
The History of the Cello Sonata, Part 2
Acclaimed baroque cellist Caroline Nicolas, lutenist Kevin Payne, and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky perform fiery and dynamic sonatas by Vivaldi, Caldara, and Barrière, showcasing the evolution of the cello as a solo instrument in the early decades of the 18th century.
Wednesday, Mar 6 - 12:10 pm
singers and songwriters
Soprano Natalie Ingrisano and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky perform songs of the heart written by four exceptional Baroque women composers: Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Campagna, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Françoise-Charlotte Ménétou, including several modern-day premieres.
Wednesday, Apr 3 – 12:10 pm
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Violinist Tekla Cunningham and members of the Pacific MusicWorks House Band perform Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s Sorrowful Mystery Sonatas (ca. 1676), a set of powerfully moving pieces written to depict the events of Christ’s Passion through extraordinary use of violin techniques and alternative tunings.
Wednesday, May 1 – 12:10 pm
Schubert’s Swan Song
Experience the sublime beauty of Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C, completed only months before his death and considered one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. Violinist Tekla Cunningham leads an ensemble of some of Seattle’s finest performers, presenting the work on period instruments. After the concert, join the musicians and fellow music-lovers next door at Moore Coffee for an end-of-season celebration!