Upcoming Concerts & Events
We are thrilled to bring you the 2013-2014 Concert Season at Saint John's and pleased to offer our Music Guide with the 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, Evensongs, or other special services with music, please visit our Music at Noon and Liturgical Music pages via the menu on the right.
2013-2014 Music Guide >
Please note that concerts at Saint John's happen a variety of ways: many 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.
In 2013, Saint John's introduced free Pre-Evensong "recitals" featuring local artists from 3:00 to 3:25 pm on the third Sunday of the month. Intended as an extended prelude to Evensong, these programs are an excellent way to prepare for this quiet evening service, and hear skillful music-making as well. Pre-Evensong recitals for the 2013-2014 season are as follows:
January 19 - Richard Robertson, organist
February 16 - Lucy Garrett and Rosanne Sterne, pianist and flutist
March 16 - Bryan Dunnewald, organist
April 20 - NO EVENSONG
May 18 - Ralph Valentine, organist
2013-2014 FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS
December 13, 7:30 pm - Kantorei
Join Kantorei in welcoming the holiday season, featuring a new composition of the same name at its crux. It is ethereal, beautiful and magically written by Eriks Esenvalds, Latvian-born and internationally awarded young composer. The music and its effect depict the experience of witnessing the stunning and breath-taking aurora borealis first-hand. Beloved carols will complete the program with settings of Sing We Now of Christmas, Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, and Sweet Little Jesus Boy. Join Kantorei for a performance that will warm your heart and kindle the holiday spirit. Please visit www.kantorei.org or call 303-316-0356 for tickets and more information.
Saturday, Dec 14, and Sunday, Dec 15, 7:30 pm - Saint John's Cathedral Choir and Orchestra:
Handel's Messiah, Part I
(Reservations highly recommended)
Whatever your spiritual tradition or path, we invite you to step away from the hectic preparations for Christmas. Come spend an evening in the soaring setting of the Cathedral, absorbed in the uplifting music of Handel's Messiah. Tickets are $24 (row 44 and lower) $21 (row 45 and higher, and the gallery), and $15 for seniors and students. Buy tickets now Tickets also sold at the door on concert night.
December 20, 7:30 pm - St. Martin's Chamber Choir
The story of Franz Gruber's penning of “Stille Nacht” on Christmas Eve for guitar and voice is well known. A small Salzburg church and an unworkable organ sets the stage for this magical work. This small “village Christmas” scene will be contrasted with the much grander musical celebrations in Salzburg’s cathedral by the likes of Wolfgang Mozart, Tomaso Albinoni, and the centerpiece of the program, Michael Haydn’s eight-movement Weihnachtsresponsorien for Matins on Christmas Day. St. Martin’s will be joined by members of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in this festive set. Please visit www.stmartinschamberchoir or call 303-298-1970 for tickets and more information.
January 31, 7:30 pm - Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
Cynthia Katsarelis, Music Director and Conductor
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58, Hsing-Ay Hsu, pianist
A program including two of the most sublime symphonic masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven, played by an ensemble deemed "unrivaled" for consistent excellence. OpusColorado reviewed last year's appearance at Saint John's Cathedral, calling it an "ultimate performance." Preconcert talk at 6:30 pm with conductor Cynthia Katsarelis. Please visit www.promusicacolorado.org or call 720.443.0565 for tickets and more information.
February 14, 7:30 pm - Michael Hey, organist
A student of of Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, Michael Hey is a full-tuition recipient of the Alice Tully, Bidu Sayao, Noble Foundation, and Juilliard Organ scholarships. He is also Assistant Organist at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He gave his official New York City debut in November 2010 at Lincoln Center performing a Handel organ concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has given solo concerts throughout the country, and has been featured on Philadelphia's WRTI-FM playing the Wanamaker Organ in Macy's, the largest functioning musical instrument in the world. Freewill offering.
February 21, 7:30 pm - Boulder Bach Festival
Concerto, Cantatas, and Motet
Featuring Boulder Bach Festival music director, baroque violinist, and conductor Zachary Carrettin, the Boulder Bach Players, Chorus, and artists in a performance of the Marcello Concerto for Oboe in D minor, Bach Cantatas Der Herr denket an uns, BWV 196, Nach dir Herr, BWV 150, and Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131, and Bach Motet Komm Jesu Komm, BWV 229. Featured artists are Zachary Carrettin, conductor and violinist, Kristin Olson, oboe, Amanda Balestrieri, soprano, Marjorie Bunday, alto, Daniel Hutchings, tenor, and Adam Ewing, bass. For tickets and other information, please visit www.boulderbachfestival.org or call 303-776-9666.
March 14, 7:30 pm - The Colorado Bach Ensemble - CANCELLED
March 21, 7:30 pm - New York Polyphony
New York Polyphony is recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles active today. With “beautifully blended voices of individual distinction” (The Independent, London, U.K.), the all-male foursome delivers its signature fusion of historically informed performances in a range of styles, with repertoire ranging from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered works, has earned New York Polyphony critical acclaim and a devoted following. The ensemble has toured extensively, participating in major concert series and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Buy tickets now. Tickets also sold at the door on concert night; general admission $20 and $10 for seniors and students.
April 4, 7:30 pm - Stuart Forster, organist
Stuart Forster is Director of Music and Organist at the Episcopal Church in Harvard Square—Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has performed and recorded throughout both hemispheres as soloist, accompanist, and conductor. As a composer, Forster has written orchestral transcriptions for the organ, liturgical music for congregations that includes more than 100 hymn arrangements, and choral anthems. A dedicated organist and choir trainer, Forster’s passion for leading congregational singing has guided his vocation both in the church and in his teaching. Forster has selected a diverse program for his Denver debut, performing works by Basil Harwood, movements from Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”, J.S. Bach Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654, Première Symphonie by Louis Vierne. Freewill offering.
This program replaces the Choir of Saint John's College performance, due to a tour cancellation.
May 9, 7:30 pm - The Colorado Chamber Players
The Music of Derek Bermel
The Colorado Chamber Players is proud to present composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel, in a special program celebrating Bermel's music. Bermel's compositions draw from a rich variety of musical genres; he is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and as Creative Advisor to the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has worked with some of the world's finest musicians and orchestras, and has various awards and a Grammy nominated to his credit. $20.00 General Admission in advance, $15.00 Senior/Student in advance; $25.00 General Admission at the door, $18.00 Senior/Student at the door. Please visit www.coloradochamberplayers.org or call 303-355-2224 for tickets and more information.
Concert Request Form 2014-15.pdf