Sanctuary in the City

More than just a free noontime concert series, Sanctuary in the City is an opportunity for people from all ages and walks of life to come together in the heart of downtown Seattle and experience great music-making and storytelling. It is an opportunity to share the beloved masterpieces and discover new music and new composers from past and present, expanding the canon of classical music to include musicians from historically excluded populations, and to dig deeper into the WHY behind the music.

Started in 2017 as a partnership between Pacific MusicWorks and Christ Our Hope at the Josephinum, Sanctuary in the City brings together schoolchildren and retirees, Amazon employees and the unhoused, all in the sumptuous acoustic of Christ Our Hope. The lunchtime concerts, held on the second Wednesdays of the month from November to May, feature local musicians as well as guests from around the region, in a welcoming and informal environment with no financial or other barriers to admission. Each concert is truly a sanctuary from the troubles and busy-ness of our noisy and anxious world.

2024 Concerts:

The deer's cry: songs of the celtic saints

March 13th - 12pm
Image - Deer's Cry

An old Irish legend says that St. Patrick, traveling though territory controlled by a Druid chieftain, recited a prayer of protection as he walked. The chieftain’s army saw only a great stag leading a herd of red deer, and the saint’s men passed through safely. That prayer has come to be known as The Deer’s Cry, or St.
Patrick’s Breastplate.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish traditional music, from the mystical to the jovial, including songs and hymns attributed to St. Patrick and St. Columba, a mystical hymn to St. Brigid, and toe-tapping jigs and reels. Vocalist Natalie Ingrisano, fiddler Brandon Vance, and guitarist/keyboardist Henry Lebedinsky
serve up this family-friendly musical treat – no green beer involved!

Natalie Ingrisano, soprano
Brandon Vance, fiddle
Henry Lebedinsky, guitar and piano

Next Generation: Rising Stars of early music

April 10th - 12th

While Italy was busy acquiring its status as the center of the baroque musical world, composers and performers in northern Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and England were busy developing their own unique sound, blending Italian influences with a distinctly rich northern sensibility and style. This program of fiery, bold, and inventive works by Buxtehude, Westhoff, Sidon, Butler, and Roman features local rising Early Music stars Tess Roberts and Rylie Patching with baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky.

Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin
Tess Roberts, viola da gamba
Rylie Patching, baroque bassoon
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord

Lift every voice: a celebration of black voices in arts song

May 8th - 12th

May’s Sanctuary in the City performance is canceled, as Michele Kennedy has had to withdraw from this performance. You can still catch her with the Whidbey Island Music Festival on May 5 at 3pm. CLICK for more details. 

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