Concerts & Events

 

Devotio: Seasonal Music of the Common Life

Saturday, December 3rd  | 8:00 pm
Saint James Cathedral, Seattle

Sisters of the Common Life, Brothers of the Common Life: These were terms used in the Middle Ages to refer to religious communities who lived apart from the world. They followed a movement called the Devotio Moderna, a new style of devotion that emphasized individual experience and spiritual fulfillment, and in which music played a crucial role in generating and supporting the piety and emotion needed for adequate faith. But this was nothing new. The music may have been different, but the role of music in the devotional life, be it modern or traditional, was well established, and it led to some of the most inspiring musical creations of the time. Join us as we celebrate the Christmas season by exploring the musical traditions of Devotio in all its aspects.

 

 

REVELRY!

with Guest Conductor Shira Kammen
Saturday, March 25th | 4:00 pm
Woodlawn Sanctuary, Seattle

Celebrate the beginning of spring with delightful medieval music regarding love, nature, frolicking, food & drink, with a handful of opportunities for the audience to take part in song and dance. The greening world, flowering plants, and return of good weather have been cause for celebration in all cultures, and the medieval English & European world are rich with beautiful music expressive of the season. We’ll present secular music from the 12th-15th centuries, both of the court and the country, as well as a few settings of folk ballads that fit with the theme.

 

 

María Estrela do Mar

with Guest Conductor Shira Kammen
Saturday, June 3rd | 8:00 pm
Saint James Cathedral, Seattle

Join us for a musical exploration of Marian music from Mediterranean Lands, including the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Cyprus, Southern France, Morocco and more, including songs of devotion to the iconic Black Madonnas from those regions. We’ll also dive into music from several important and magnificent manuscripts, among them the Cantigas de Santa Maria, the Las Huelgas Manuscript, the Llibre Vermell, as well as sacred traditional Galician songs, Italian Laude, devotional 15th c. motets from the Burgundian Court on Cyprus, all with a flavor of pilgrimage, joy and awe.