Upcoming Concerts & Events

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.  

Yi Chen Feng is a student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where he studies with Boris Slutsky.  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. Mr.  Feng will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, Brahms, and Bartok. 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 vocal soloists soprano Phoenix Gayles, alto Abigail Nims, tenor Matthew Chellis, and bass baritone Luke Williams, 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.


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.
The Colorado Chamber Players’ yearlong study of Shostakovich’s chamber music continues with Quartets no. 4, 7, and 11, which roughly correspond to the composer’s early, middle and late periods in his quartets. Quartet no. 4 is based on Jewish dance music, and was too controversial to be published during Stalin’s reign of terror. Quartet no. 7, the shortest of all the quartets, captures the composer’s love for his first wife Nina. Quartet no. 11 is dedicated in memoriam to Vasili Shirinsky, 2nd violinist of the Beethoven Quartet and the composer’s close friend; no. 11 is made up of seven miniature movements, played without pause.

String Quartet no. 4 in D Major, op. 83 (1949)
String Quartet no. 7 in F# minor, op. 108 (1960)
String Quartet no. 11 in F minor, op. 122 (1966)

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 2016-17 season.  Please complete and return the application form by February 1, 2016.

 Concert Request Form 2016-17.pdf

Featured Concerts


Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2015
Part 1, by George Frideric Handel, featuring Saint John's Cathedral Choir and members of the Colorado Chamber Players. Tickets



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