We are excited to bring you the 2015-2016 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.
Menotti — The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore
Modeled on the “Madrigal Comedies” of the Renaissance, The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore tells the story of a poet who keeps the mythical creatures of the title as pets, which each become fashionable in their turn but are then discarded by the residents of the poet’s town. The entire piece is an allegory of social mores, transient tastes, and the fleeting nature of artistic freedom. Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) wrote both the libretto and the music of this charming and challenging tale. The choir is joined by the Confluence String Quartet in this unique and rarely-performed work.
Back by popular demand, organist Dorothy Papadakos returns for the third consecutive season to accompany the 1931 silent film classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Kimball organ and a theatre size movie screen will bring to life this early horror film. Kick-off your Halloween weekend, invite your family and friends and come in costume. Free will offering.
Violinist Jeri Jorgensen and pianist Cullen Bryant perform the first installment of three performances this season of Beethoven violin sonatas. Sonatas Nos. 1 and 4 and the F and G major complete the program. Free will offering.
Yi Chen Feng is a student at the Colburn Academy in Los Angeles where he studies with Ory Shihor and Myong-joo Lee. As first prize winner in the 2011 Taiwan Asia Pacific Music Competition he qualified to perform in the finals held in Hong Kong. In 2014 he won first place in the Taiwan Steinway Youth Piano Competition and represented Taiwan in the finals in Singapore. Free will offering.
Kantorei, or singers, formed in 1997 under the leadership of 6 friends who decided to form a choir capable of singing a broad range of a cappella choral music. Now in its 18th full season of performing, the group has expanded into an auditioned ensemble of volunteer singers under the direction of Artistic Director Joel M. Rinsema. Many of the singers come from schools with strong choral music programs, such as Augustana, Brigham Young, Concordia, Luther, St. Olaf, Wartburg, and the University of Northern Colorado.
A Christmas tradition, Saint John’s Cathedral presents its annual performances of Handel’s most famous work, Messiah, Part I. The full ensemble includes a talented vocal cast, Saint John’s Cathedral Choir, and members of the Colorado Chamber Players.
A Bavarian Christmas
One of Denver’s favorite choral traditions, the St. Martin’s holiday concert, this year features the beautiful Christmas Oratorio Die Geburt Christi (The Nativity of Christ) by Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900). Modeled on the passions and cantatas of Bach, it tells the Christmas story with choir, soloists, and orchestra, and features some of the most beloved German Christmas carols as audience sing-alongs. St. Martin’s will be joined by members of the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and organist Ralph Valentine.
An extraordinarily expressive performer and an intensely intelligent musician, Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs returns to Saint John's Cathedral in a recital featuring the Kimball organ. A faculty member of the Juilliard School since 2003, he was named chairman of the organ department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007. Free will offering.
Be wowed again as this collaborative duo focuses on the A major Beethoven sonatas – Opus 12, Opus 30, and Opus 47, the “Kreutzer”. Free will offering.
Chant: Mystery and Mysticism
In 1996 the men of St. Martin’s, together with organist Richard Robertson, made the premiere recording of Spanish composer Joaquin Nin-Culmell’s Symphonie des Mysterès
, in the presence of the composer. A student of Dukas and de Falla, and inspired by Messiaen, Nin-Culmell (1908-2004) traces a dramatic arch in this work, charting the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ, alternating Gregorian chant with powerful movements for organ. The same grouping teams up to reprise this work 20 years later on one of Denver’s finest pipe organs.
Hailed as a charismatic rising star, pianist Sean Chen won over fans and critics at the 2013 Cliburn Competition, where he won third prize. The first American to earn a Cliburn award since 1997, he was also named the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association. He
continues to earn accolades. In the 2014–15 season, Mr. Chen performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; the Milwaukee, San Diego, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras; and will also travel the United States in recital and chamber concerts.
Tickets $10 at the door.
The Colorado Bach Ensemble presents J.S. Bach's monumental work, St. John Passion, BWV 245. Led by artistic director James Kim, the full cast includes soloists Derek Chester, evangelist; Clara Rottsolk, soprano; Abigail Nims, alto; Steven Soph, tenor; Paul Tipton, baritone, and the collaborative forces of chorus and orchestra.
In this final chapter of the Beethoven sonata cycle, the artists perform Sonatas 3, 7, and 10. Free will offering.
Founded in 1937, the internationally acclaimed Wartburg Choir is an ensemble of great tradition and distinction. The ensemble has received critical international acclaim for its versatility, performing some of the most challenging pieces ever written for choral ensembles. The choir has performed in such venues as the White House, Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City; Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis; Chicago Symphony Center, and in 15 European countries. The choir frequently premieres original works by composers around the globe, including Ola Gjeilo, Stacey V. Gibbs, and René Clausen. The program includes works by J.S. Bach, Ericks Ešenvalds, Maurice Duruflé, and F. Melius Christiansen.
A native of Arvada and scholarship student at the prestigious Curtis Institute, Mr. Dunnewald’s program includes Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur, Reger’s Phantasie über den Choral 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’, Op. 52, No. 2 and Dupré’s Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20. Free will offering.
Dimitri Shostakovich wrote fifteen string quartets that document his creative life over a period of more than three and a half decades, from his early thirties to his final year of existence. In this program the Colorado Chamber Players tackle quartet nos. 3, 7, and 11.