2015-2016 CONCERT SEASON
December 11, 12 and 13, 2015 – SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON brings together traditional arrangements and new contemporary settings of joyous choral music to help you ring in the holidays. Featured works include three selections by Canadian composer Stephen Chatman, “VENITE, ADOREMUS” by Dan Forrest, and Harry Simeone’s “‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.”
Rounding out the program is a selection of shorter pieces from Renaissance polyphony to modern-day close harmony, as well as familiar carols and traditional arrangements, many accompanied by the Cantaré Vocal Ensemble chamber orchestra. Three carefully selected venues enhance the lush harmonies of Cantaré Vocal Ensemble and will without doubt put you in the spirit of the season.
March 5 and 6, 2016 – CONDUCTOR’S CHOICE
CONDUCTOR’S CHOICE reprises conductor Mark Adrian’s favorite choral compositions from the past 15 years of Cantaré concerts. The Cantaré Vocal Ensemble chamber orchestra joins the ensemble in performances of Bryan Kelly’s “TE DEUM,” Faure’s “CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE,” Whitacre’s “CLOUDBURST,” selections from the Mozart, Rutter and Faure “REQUIEMS” and Paul Winter’s “MISSA GAIA,” and many, many more.
April 30, 2016 – SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble rolls out the red carpet as we serve up an incredible feast and present music of the movies. You’ll hear music from some of the greatest films of all time with songs like “Moon River,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Unchained Melody,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Cabaret,” “Singin’ In The Rain,” and so many more.
Full chorus pieces as well as special solo and small group numbers will be featured as you enjoy an evening of scrumptious food, fine wine, an exciting silent auction, and mingling with the chorus members.
2014-2015 CONCERT SEASON
December 5, 6 and 7,2014 – IN THE FIELDS ABIDING
IN THE FIELDS ABIDING brings together traditional arrangements and new contemporary settings of joyous choral music to help you ring in the holidays. Featured works include Antonio Vivaldi’s “GLORIA,” accompanied by the CVE Chamber Ensemble, Albert Alcaraz’s “ANGELUS,” and a reprise of Mark Adrian’s special arrangement of “DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR.”
Rounding out the program is a selection of shorter pieces focusing on shepherds and angels. Three carefully selected venues enhance the lush harmonies of Cantaré Vocal Ensemble and will without doubt put you in the spirit of the season. Join us for IN THE FIELDS ABIDING.
February 28 and March 1, 2015 – EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM
“EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM” by Johannes Brahms is his largest and most beautiful choral work. Composed between 1865 and 1868, it comprises seven movements and includes solo passages for soprano and baritone. The work is sacred, but non-liturgical, and unlike a long tradition of Latin Requiems, this piece is a Requiem in the German language.
April 25, 2015 – IT’S DE-LOVELY!
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble rolls out the red carpet as we serve up an incredible feast and present music of the great American songwriters Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen. Full chorus pieces as well as special solo and small group numbers will be featured as you enjoy an evening of scrumptious food, fine wine, an exciting silent auction, and mingling with the chorus members.
2013-2014 CONCERT SEASON
December 13, 14, and 15, 2013 – IN TIME OF SNOW
IN TIME OF SNOW brings together traditional arrangements and new contemporary settings of joyous choral music to help you ring in the holidays. Featured works include Vaughan-Williams’ “Fantasia On Christmas Carols” and Stanley Hoffman’s “Land Of Crystal Dreams.” Rounding out the program is a selection of shorter pieces depicting the winter season: cold, snow, and ice. Three carefully selected venues enhance the lush harmonies of Cantaré Vocal Ensemble and will without doubt put you in the spirit of the season. Join us for IN TIME OF SNOW.
March 30, 2014 – MOZART’S GRAND MASS IN C-MINOR
Mark Adrian once again brings together local musical organizations for an afternoon of choral and orchestral music at Seattle’s premier concert venue: the Taper Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. The Northwest Chamber Chorus, Sacred Music Chorale, Vashon Island Chorale, and Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will each perform solo sets in the first half of this amazing event. Then, in the second half, all groups join together to perform Mozart’s masterpiece with special guest soloists, conducted by Mark Adrian.
Composed in 1782 and 1783 in Vienna for two sopranos, tenor and bass soloists, double chorus and large orchestra, Mozart’s GRAND MASS IN C-MINOR is his only other unfinished large-scale work. The “Credo” consists of the text only up to et incarnatus est, and there is no “Agnus Dei.” The work embodies pomp and solemnity associated with the Salzburg traditions of the time, but also anticipates the symphonic masses of Joseph Haydn, and shows the influence of Bach and Handel. A work of conspicuous power and beauty, in which choruses – some dark-toned and solemn, others forthright and vigorous – mingle with sumptuous solo arias and ensemble of ornate, operatic radiance. Join us for this one-time-only amazing performance.
- Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m.
April 25, 26, and 27, 2014 – FLORA & FAUNA
Through appropriately chosen choral pieces, Cantaré Vocal Ensemble takes a whimsical look at our plant and animal kingdoms. Join us as we sing of mice and men, weeds and flowers, forests and barnyards.
There’s something for everyone in this light-hearted concert that’s sure to get your foot a-tappin’!
2012-2013 CONCERT SEASON
April 20 & 21, 2013 – RIVERS, TREES AND MOUNTAINS
Cantaré welcomes the Confluence Vocal Octet from Wenatchee in our final concert of the season. Confluence will perform repertoire pertaining to rivers, while Cantaré highlights choral literature about trees. The two groups then combine to do a short program of compositions spotlighting mountains. Individual pieces include:
- “Shenandoah,” an American folk song
- “Birch Tree Variations” by Steven Porter
- “Da Coconut Nut” by Ryan Cayabyab
- “In These Delightful Pleasant Groves” by Henry Purcell
- “Linden Lea” by Ralph Vaughan Williams
- “Shady Grove,” a Kentucky Mountain Song
- “Under The Greenwood Tree” by David Willcocks
- “The Mountain” by Alan Gibbs’
- “Sourwood Mountain” and “On Top Of Old Smoky,” American folk songs
February 23 & 24, 2013 – A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble performs music of the night. Experience selections that take you from sunset to dusk, from midnight to the dark early morning hours, and finally to sunrise the next day. Highlights include:
- “In Stiller Nacht” by Johannes Brahms
- “Memory” from Cats
- “Sure On This Shining Night” by Samuel Barber
- “Old Devil Moon” from Finian’s Rainbow
- “Every Night When The Sun Goes In,” a Southern Appalachian Folk Song
- “Calme des nuits” by Camille Saint-Saens
- “The Music Of The Night” from The Phantom Of The Opera
DEC 7,8,9 2012 – WHAT SWEETER MUSIC
This year’s holiday concerts will be presented at three different locations, each chosen for their acoustic excellence. Friday’s concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood; Saturday’s event will be in West Seattle at Holy Rosary Church, also beginning at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday’s concert will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Wallingford District at St. Benedict Church. See our “Directions” page for more information.
What Sweeter Music features some of the most beautiful choral music ever written for the season. Highlights include:
- “Chanukah Suite” by Jason Robert Brown
- Three exquisite settings of Christina Rosetti’s Advent and Christmas poetry
- “Love Came Down At Christmas”
- “An Advent Carol”
- “In The Bleak Midwinter”
- “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” arranged by Jay Rouse
- “There Is No Rose” by René Clausen
- “What Sweeter Music” by J. Edmund Hughes, lyrics by Robert Herrick
Also included are an assortment of traditional and not-so-traditional holiday favorites, each performed with the same delicacy and careful interpretation that has become the hallmark of Cantaré Vocal Ensemble.
Joining us for this series of concerts is Seattle’s renowned cellist Kevin Krentz, harpist Melissa Walsh, and pianist John Stuntebeck.
2011-2012 CONCERT SEASON
JUN 10 2012 – GERSHWIN’S PORGY & BESS SUITE
Presented by Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Cantare Vocal Ensemble.
APR 22 2012 – VERDI’S REQUIEM
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble presents Verdi’s Requiem under the direction of Mark Adrian and together and separately featuring the talents of the Everett Choral, Master Chorus Eastside, Sacred Music Chorale and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra.
One of the most beloved choral works of all time, Verdi’s Requiem offers the drama of opera, the grandeur of a large chorus, the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments.
Please join us Sunday April 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for this one-time-only afternoon of memorable music making at Benaroya Hall, magnificent home to the Seattle Symphony.
Seating is general admission (doors open at 1:30 p.m.). Tickets will be available at the door.
$30 General Admission
MAR 10 2012 – HEAVEN AND EARTH
In the spectacular setting of Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Cantaré Vocal Ensemble performs two renowned works celebrating the magnificence of “Heaven and Earth”. Accompanied by the Cathedral’s extraordinary Flentrop organ, the program begins with Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful Requiem symbolising “Heaven”, followed by the “Earth” segment featuring Paul Winter’s haunting Missa Gaia – highlighting percussion, saxophone, piano, oboe, cello, guitar, and bass accompaniment.
DEC 2,3,4 2011 – Sing We Now…
A holiday tradition shared by loved ones and friends, Cantaré Vocal Ensemble’s Christmas concerts are a perfect way to welcome in the season. Sing we now… includes some of the most beautiful choral music ever written for this special season. Traditional carol settings, unaccompanied choral favorites, and new arrangements offer something for everyone.
SEP 11 2011 – 9/11 NEVER Forget…
Mozart: REQUIEM in D-MINOR
Albinoni: ADAGIO in G-MINOR
and the Voices of 9/11
including select memoirs of the victims and their families
Narrated by MJ McDermott, Q13 Fox Metorologist, Voices of 9/11 is a collection of personal accounts and stories from victims and their families bearing witness to the events of 9/11. Interspersed between movements of the Requiem, these words will recount their experiences and memories of lost loved ones.
Funds collected during the memorial and a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. The non-profit was founded to provide educational and wellness support to children who lost one or both parents at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or onboard the four downed airliners on September 11, 2001.
2010-2011 CONCERT SEASON
Earth, Air, Fire and Water
Cantaré performs for the first time at Town Hall on Seattle’s historic First Hill, May 7, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. This concert features amazing compositions in tribute of the Four Elements.
Known for showcasing the community’s top choral organizations, Town Hall is an historic Roman-revival-style building on the corner of 8th and Seneca.
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble joins with four other premiere Puget Sound ensembles to perform one of the most exciting choral/orchestral works ever composed: Carl Orff’s legendary Carmina Burana. One day only: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 2:00 p.m., in the S. Mark Taper Auditorium at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., in downtown Seattle.
Joining Cantaré for this amazing event are Kirkland Choral Society, Bellevue Chamber Chorus, and Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. Each choir performs individually in the concert’s first half.
On a Cold Winter’s Night
This year’s holiday concerts are scheduled for December 4 and 5, 2010 at Seattle’s legendary St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. on Capitol Hill. With its soaring acoustics, amazing architecture and awe-inspiring interior, St. Mark’s is the perfect venue for this annual event featuring some of the most beautiful choral music ever written for this special season. Highlighted in this concert is Conrad Susa’s Carols And Lullabies – Christmas In The Southwest, a collection of ten Spanish-language arrangements with harp, guitar and marimba accompaniment.