DECEMBER 6, 7 and 8, 2019: JOY TO THE WORLD!

Each year, Artistic Director Mark Adrian assembles a holiday concert that includes
something for everyone. JOY TO THE WORLD! brings together traditional
arrangements and new contemporary settings of joyous choral music to help you ring in
the merriest of seasons.

Featured works include fresh new arrangements of such favorites as:

  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Away In A Manager
  • Go, Tell It On The Mountain
  • Joy To The World
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • O Holy Night
  • Still, Still, Still
  • Sussex Carol
  • What Child Is This

Rounding out the program is a selection of more unusual pieces – beautiful new compositions reflecting every aspect of this special time of year.

  • El Rorro (The Babe)
  • It Was A Holy Night
  • The Marvellous Birth
  • Puer Natus Est Nobis by Ivo Antognini
  • Quem Pastores Laudavere, arr. by Susan LaBarr
  • Waltz Carol

Jointing us for this outstanding concert is the Cantaré Chamber Orchestra as well as Elisabeth Ellis on piano.

Join us for JOY TO THE WORLD!


Cantaré Vocal Ensemble presents ODE TO JOY, celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s
250th birthday (1770 – 2020).

Conductor Mark Adrian brings together four local performing arts organizations for a splendid afternoon of memorable music-making. Participating in this event are Choir of the Sound, Everett Chorale, Rainier Chorale, and Thalia Symphony. Each group will perform individually on the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium stage in the magnificent acoustics of Benaroya Hall.

Then, in a breathtaking finale, the combined artists along with special guest soloists will perform one of the most spectacular choral works of all time: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (fourth movement).

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance!

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall • 200 University St. in downtown Seattle

$35 Festival Seating

Please check back regularly for additional information about our other performances during this season.

General Information

Cantaré is often invited to perform at various functions in the Seattle area, and may be booked for private events. To inquire about including Cantaré in your next special occasion, please contact conductor Mark Adrian at 206-367-5667 or by e-mail at mark.adrian@cantarevocalensemble.org.

Latest News

We’ve just added information on our next concert series, JOY TO THE WORLD!, and our first concert of 2020, ODE TO JOY at the magnificent Benaroya Hall. Check them out!

Pre-order is still available for the studio recording of our Winter 2018 Concert Series IN THE STILLNESS OF WINTER. Click here to view the details.


Membership to the ensemble is open to experienced singers of high school age and older by way of an audition with the conductor. Click here for audition information.

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