Upcoming Concerts & Events

We are excited to bring you the 2014-2015 Concert Season at Saint John's with a full schedule of world-class performances and musical services for the coming year. We hope to see you in our audience and congregation soon and often!

For information on our Music at Noon concerts, Evensong, or other special services with music, please visit our Music at Noon and Liturgical Music pages via the menu on the right.

TICKET SALES: Please note that many concerts are free with a freewill donation collected, but some are ticketed. The Cathedral sells tickets only for concerts produced by the Cathedral, such as our choir's own performances of Handel's Messiah each year. Other local ensembles use our space and sell their own tickets; the Cathedral does not sell tickets for these concerts. Please read the description of the concert you wish to attend below for ticket information.  
A Cambridge Christmas
Full Ensemble of 24 voices with Ralph Valentine, organ

 

In the hushed moment before the service begins, the boy choristers of King’s College, Cambridge, shiver in apprehension of the fateful moment when their choirmaster Sir David Willcocks will point at one of them, and his will be the tremulous voice heard round the globe beginning the tune Irby, better known as “Once in Royal David’s City.” 

In like fashion, the sopranos of St. Martin’s Chamber Choir will await the finger of fate from me, indicating which one will sing the same words and tune to begin our 2014 holiday concerts, “A Cambridge Christmas.” 

The choirs of Cambridge are world famous, especially that of King’s College by way of the annual Lessons & Carols service (and broadcast) on Christmas Eve alluded to in the story above.  But the other college choirs (Trinity, St. John’s, Gonville & Caius among them), though less famous, are as equally accomplished and, taken together, these choirs have been responsible for the creation of some of the world’s most recognizable Christmas music. 

This Christmas concert will highlight some of this music, including five arrangements by Sir David Willcocks of beloved carols that will be sung together by choir and audience at the concert, accompanied by the glorious organs of the churches where we will be performing.  Other beloved carols by Vaughan Williams, Howells, Stanford, Rutter, and Mendelssohn will complement the above; and a handful of still others – very fresh and new, commissioned by King’s College for its Lessons & Carols services – such as contemporary works by John Tavener, Judith Weir, and Jonathan Dove, will add some piquancy to the mixture. 

The guest organist for this concert is Ralph Valentine, head of music for thirty-some years at Choate-Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, and currently the organist of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Denver.  He will assist the choir in raising the rafters at Montview Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where three of Denver’s finest organs will peal forth in honor of the season. 

I hope you will join us at one of these concerts!  I look forward to seeing you, and hearing you join in on “God rest ye merry, gentlemen,” “O come, all ye faithful,” and “The First Nowell.”

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Raymond Nagem, one of the leading organists of his generation, is Associate Organist of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York and C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School.  He will perform Mozart, Fantasia in F minor, Duruflé, Prélude, Adagio, et Choral varié sur le Veni Creator, and Messiaen, La Nativité du Seigneur.  A rising star in the organ community, Nagem brings a kaleidoscopic sense of color and a virtuosic flair to these works, perfectly suited to the Cathedral’s famed Kimball organ.  Freewill offering.
Known for its adventurous programming, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra performs a program of towering works by Philip Glass, Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Shostakovich.  Yumi Hwang-Williams solos in Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Tickets
For the twenty-four singers in the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, perhaps the finest professional choir in the world today, choral singing is a long and proud part of their Baltic heritage. Their powerful and expressive voices produce a sound that is both precise and passionate. Denver audiences will hear those voices resonate in the stained glass and stone surroundings of Saint John’s Cathedral, an ideal performance space for this GRAMMY® award-winning choir.  Tickets <
Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn. Carl Theodor Dreyer's film - a haunting and powerful depiction of the trial of Joan of Arc - enhanced with a live performance of Einhorn’s superb score for orchestra, chorus and soloists is deeply moving and unforgettable. Performances draw a wide audience ranging from film buffs and choral enthusiasts, to contemporary music lovers and those who continue to find the story of Joan of Arc inspirational even 600 years after her birth. Tickets
Former organist at Saint John’s Cathedral, Richard Robertson has held church positions in New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Clearwater, Florida; and currently at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver.  Freewill offering.
Karen Black teaches organ, church music, and music theory, serves as organist for weekday chapel and Sunday services, and conducts Kantorei at Wartburg College.  Prior to coming to Wartburg, Dr. Black held positions as full-time Director of Music and Organist at Zion Lutheran Church, Hopkins, Minnesota; Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana; and full-time Director of Music at Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis.  Freewill offering.
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the San Francisco-based, GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer embarks upon its 37th season in 2014-15.  Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Tickets <
Concert Request

If you are a performer and interested in the concert series, we encourage you to apply for a future season.  We are now accepting performance proposals for the 2015-16 season.  Please complete and return the application form by February 1, 2015. Concert Request Form 2015-16.pdf

Featured Concerts


Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Friday, February 27, 2015
For the twenty-four singers in the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, perhaps the finest professional choir in the world today, choral singing is a long and proud part of their Baltic heritage. Their powerful and expressive voices produce a sound that is both precise and passionate.


Voices of Light
Silent Film with Orchestra

Friday, March 13, 2015
Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn.



Chanticleer

Friday, May 8, 2015
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the San Francisco-based, GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer embarks upon its 37th season in 2014-15.

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