Tenebrae – A Service from Light to Darkness

Tenebræ
a service from light to darkness

Music by Tallis, Allegri, Łukaszewski, and Gregorian chant,
sung by the St. James Cathedral Cantorei and Men’s Chant Choir.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue, Seattle

Free admission (a freewill offering will be collected), no tickets required

Thomas Tallis: Lamentations of Jeremiah
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei Deus
Pawel Łukaszewski: O vos omnes
Gregorian Chant

Each year during Holy Week, St. James Cathedral observes the office of Tenebræ (“shadows”) in which the sufferings of Christ are foretold in the Lamentations of Jeremiah and commemorated in the slow extinguishing of candles. The Very Reverend Michael G. Ryan, presider.

Under pressure from the city, costs, and neighbors, Capitol Hill Block Party announces 2019 lineup

(Image: Capitol Hill Block Party)

Seattle’s alt-weeklies are dead but Capitol Hill Block Party will live on in 2019. With an earlier than ever and quieter announcement than in past years, producers of the annual three-day music festival in the streets of Capitol Hill announced the 2019 full lineup Tuesday morning for the 23rd edition of the signature Pike/Pine event that is facing yet another new wave of criticism from the business community outside the festival’s fences.

“Providing a platform where local artists can continue to grow and organizations benefit from the additional exposure is an important way to unify the local community and preserve our fiercely independent and artistic nature,” producer and Neumos co-owner Jason Lajeunesse said in the announcement of the 2019 lineup.

Capitol Hill Block Party 2019

The July 19th through July 21st festival will be headlined this year by “bass beacon” RL Grime, electro-pop duo Phantogram, and singer-rapper-flautist Lizzo. Single day, two day, three day and VIP passes go on sale Tuesday morning. Ticket prices were not included in the lineup announcement. Continue reading

Life on Mars will create ultimate Capitol Hill DJ mix: vinyl with cocktails, beer, and a plant-based menu

The Capitol Hill Block Party-worthy bar bringing together two first families of Seattle independent music will be called Life on Mars, a nod to David Bowie, of course. But also to an intergalactic sense of belonging.

“Also just love the notion that we might not be alone out here,” Leigh Sims says of the name of the new venue set to open this spring at Pike and Harvard.

Sims and Steven Severin represent the Neumos side of Seattle rock royalty behind the project. Seattle’s king and queen of independent radio, Amy and John Richards –John in the Morning of KEXP — round out the new royal family. The bar will pull off the ultimate DJ mix: vinyl with cocktails, beer, and a plant-based menu.

“We still love the experience of holding an album, flipping a record, and gathering in a record shop,” the Life on Mars announcement reads. “The bar is a way to mix music and gathering friends that’s not than a live venue or a dj booth — and with drinking.”

John probably designed this part. Life on Mars will have a gigantic record wall with thousands of records.  “It’s also a super excuse to get more vinyl,” the announcement reads. Continue reading

With music festivals facing ‘interesting time,’ Seattle looks at keeping costs down for events like Capitol Hill Block Party

Matt and Kim (IMAGE: CHBP WITH PERMISSION TO CHS)

Capitol Hill Block Party will rock again in the summer of 2019 — but after that, the city says it is ready to “assess the viability” of the annual neighborhood event. The attention on CHBP comes at an “interesting time” for area music festivals. Wednesday, the Paul Allen-backed Upstream Music Festival pulled the plug on a 2019 event as it searches for “the best format” to continue the event.

Amid the upheaval, City Hall says it is looking for way to better support Seattle’s largest, most popular events even as costs continue to rise.

Organizers for Upstream didn’t call out the fees specifically but many event organizers have complained that the city’s increased fees for Seattle Police and Seattle Fire support have climbed too high even as City Hall has sought to further increase its “cost recovery” for staffing assigned to support permitted events. Continue reading

Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill Live in Seattle

Join Ireland’s most exciting young tenor Emmet Cahill as he embarks on his biggest tour to date and debuts his brand-new album of traditional Irish songs in 2019! This follows his number-one World Music album “Emmet Cahill’s Ireland” on the Sony Music USA label and his sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall.

Emmet will perform many of the songs from the new album, as well as Broadway standards, nostalgic favorites and beloved church hymns. And no Emmet Cahill concert is complete without the ever-popular “request medley” segment, which often brings surprises from the audience!

Emmet is known as a principal singer with the popular Irish music show Celtic Thunder. As a solo artist, he has performed in over 60 cities across North America, and he has been a guest artist with several US symphonies.

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of songs and stories! General admission tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at www.emmetcahill.com/tour-dates/ or at the door. A limited number of Meet & Greet + Concert tickets are available for $45.

Christmas Eve Services @ Grace Church Seattle

Join us at 4pm or 6pm on Monday, December 24th as we celebrate the birth of Jesus by reading through scripture and singing carols together. Childcare is available for children ages 6 months to 3 years during both services.

Additionally, we will have a time of fellowship and holiday cheer in the foyer with warm beverages and baked goods from 5:15-6pm between the services.

Be sure to invite your friends and family to join you!

After Capitol Hill Block Party 2019, city to ‘assess the viability of this event in this neighborhood’

(Image: Capitol Hill Block Party)

Seattle City Hall is asking the Capitol Hill Block Party to clean up its act on its edges and will be conducting its own round of outreach to neighboring businesses and Pike/Pine residents “in order to better gather feedback on benefits and impacts” from the annual summer music festival “and other major Capitol Hill events,” city officials tell CHS.

Don’t expect there to be any financial mitigation. And there is zero chance the city will cancel permits for the 2019 event. But 2020 — and beyond — is another question.

“It is clear the Capitol Hill Block Party is economically beneficial to some Capitol Hill businesses, and culturally beneficial to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and Seattle,” Chris Swenson, who leads the city’s Special Events planning process, said in a statement sent to CHS. “It is also clear through feedback from Capitol Hill businesses and residents that the Capitol Hill Block Party is negatively economically impactful to other businesses and residents, and presents significant access and operations impacts to neighborhood businesses and residents.”

“The City and Committee take these impacts very seriously,” Swenson added.

For the 2019 Block Party, the city is requiring Block Party producers to make “several physical immediate improvements” including “streamlining access for employees and residents in and around the event perimeter” and “adjusting placement of portapotties and other operational elements to be less impactful to businesses and residents.” It will also require security staffing to be trained “to better support business and residential access.”

But in a message to neighborhood stakeholders sent Thursday, the city says for 2020 and beyond, it plans to consider larger changes to the festival including an effort to “assess the viability of this event in this neighborhood.” Continue reading

Should city help cover community costs of Capitol Hill Block Party weekend? — UPDATE

A group of “residents, property owners and business owners in Pike/Pine” is asking questions about the annual Capitol Hill Block Party music festival in a survey being sent around the neighborhood.

The goal, an organizer says, isn’t to cancel Block Party — but the group does want to do a better job of documenting the challenges the neighborhood around the festival sometimes faces so that the city can better plan the event and how to mitigate major issues.

“In order to start that work towards adequate mitigation, Seattle Office of Film, Music, and Special Events along with Dept. of Neighborhoods and Office of Economic Development asked if we could circulate a survey in order to get more detailed info on the types of barriers businesses, residents, employees, and property owners face over block party weekend,” local jewelry designer and project architect Rachel Ravitch, organizer of the survey, tells CHS.

You can answer the two-question, open-ended questionnaire here through December 15th. Continue reading

Hope for Christmas: A concert to bring freedom, safety, and hope to victims of sex trafficking.

Join REST, CitizensGhost Ship and Handsome & Gretyl for an evening of Christmas cheer bringing freedom, safety, and hope to victims of sex trafficking in our community.

REST is a Seattle-based nonprofit that exists to bring freedom, safety, and hope to local sex trafficking victims and those being exploited in the sex trade. All proceeds from “Hope for Christmas” will benefit REST.

 

New Year’s Eve Gala: Mozart ’til Midnight

New Year’s Eve Gala – Mozart ’til Midnight
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:00pm
St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Avenue, Seattle
$30 suggested donation

Cathedral Cantorei and Cathedral Chamber Orchestra
Joseph Adam, Music Director and Cathedral Organist

Ring in the New Year with the Cathedral Cantorei and Chamber Orchestra in a festive program featuring the music of Mozart. His Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a confessor), K.339, which includes the beloved Laudate Dominum for soprano soloist and choir, is the centerpiece of the concert. Other works include his Kyrie for 5 sopranos, K. 89; Regina coeli in C major, K. 276; and Missa brevis in C major, K. 220, also known as the “Sparrow Mass” or “Spatzenmesse.” At midnight, we toll in the New Year with bells and a “midnight surprise!”

TICKET SALES
Passes to reserved seating are only available by advance donation: order online for delivery by mail or pickup at will-call (www.stjames-cathedral.org/music/concerts/NYE2018.aspx), or call 206-382-4874. General admission passes are available at the door. Concerts with reserved seating at St. James Cathedral are “Festival Seating,” which guarantees you a seat, but not a specific seat, in the reserved section. Reserved seats are opened to general seating a few minutes before each concert.

– Online sales of advance passes to reserved seating will end at 7:30 pm on Monday, December 31.
General admission passes will be sold at the door
 ($30 suggested donation; pay what you can).
– Box Office/Will Call will open at approximately 9:30 pm. The doors will open at 10:00.

PARKING
– The Cabrini Garage (paid parking) will remain open for this event from 9:00pm until 1:15am. Garage entrance is on Marion Street between Terry and Boren Avenues.
– Limited free parking is available in the O’Dea High School parking lot, entrances on Marion and Columbia Streets between Terry and Boren Avenues.
– Paid street parking is enforced until 8:00pm.
– Handicapped parking is available on the west side of Terry Avenue, between Marion and Columbia.

CONTACT INFORMATION
More information at www.stjames-cathedral.org/music/concerts/NYE2018.aspx, (206) 382-4874, or musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org.

Music at St. James Cathedral
804 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

ABOUT
St. James Cathedral is the home of Seattle’s longest-running classical music New Year’s Eve concert – 2018 marks the 37th Gala New Year’s Eve performance. Featuring the professional musicians of the Cathedral, this yearly event reflects the quality and excellence of the St. James Cathedral music program put forth each week as the 7 adult and youth choirs, cantors, and organists of the Cathedral provide music for nearly 600 liturgies a year.

The Cathedral Cantorei is a professional ensemble with 19 of the area’s outstanding soloists and choral leaders, which serves as the professional core of the Cathedral Choir and the Women of St. James Schola. The individual members of the Cantorei minister as cantors, soloists, and psalmists at all sung liturgies at St. James and at the monthly ecumenical service with music from Taizé. As a choral ensemble they have performed such works as Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah.