All Concerts

All concert events posted since October 2012…

25th-Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
University Congregational United Church of Christ
4515 16th Ave Ne, Seattle, WA 98105
$20 in advance, $24 at the door

A musical celebration of Opus 7’s 25th Anniversary!

Commemorating the past, celebrating the present, and fostering the future of choral music in the Pacific Northwest.

To celebrate Opus 7’s remarkable musical journey, we present audience and singer favorites from different countries around the world, as well as introduce you to the works by winners of this year’s student choral composition awards program.

Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble
Loren W. Pontén, founder and artistic director
Christina Siemens, piano
Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
University Congregational Church
4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle

Opus 7’s 25th-Anniversary Season Concert Finale
• Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil)
• Michael Tippett (England)
• Percy Grainger (England)
• Chen Yi (China)
• Georg Schumann (Germany)
• Ildebrando Pizzetti (Italy)
• Georgy Sviridov (Russia)
• James MacMillan (Scotland)
• Pacific Northwest favorites: Bern Herbolsheimer, John Muehleisen, and Karen P. Thomas
• and student composers: James McGinley, Gonzaga University; Matthew Shreve, Central Washington University; and Steven Danielson, University of Washington

Everyone is welcome to join us at the reception immediately following the concert!

Blessed

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
$20 in advance, $24 at the door

Join St. James Cathedral Resident Ensemble Opus 7, directed by Loren Pontén, for a stunning concert of dramatic choral music for the Lenten Season by Northwest composer Bern Herbolsheimer. This performance will feature Herbolsheimer’s Stabat Mater for choir, soprano soloist, oboe and strings; his monumental Seven Last Words and the deeply moving David Mourns, both for a cappella choir; as well as Blessed for women’s choir and piano. This concert is featured in the Herbolsheimer Festival, a year-long celebration of the musical legacy of Bern Herbolsheimer.

Peace in Our Time

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
(rescheduled from October 15, 2015)
University Congregational United Church of Christ
4515 16th Ave Ne, Seattle, WA 98105
$20 in advance, $24 at the door

peace

Please join Opus 7 as we explore poetic and musical expressions of conflict, peace, and hope. The concert includes music by composers from the Civil War, WWI (performed in this concert as part of the WWI Centennial Commemoration), and WWII – focusing on war and the resulting chaos of military conflict, and honoring those heroic men and valiant women who served and sacrificed for their country. Read more…

My Spirit Rejoices

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
$20 in advance, $24 at the door

Don’t miss this concert by St. James Cathedral Resident Ensemble Opus 7 as they celebrate their 25th-Anniversary Season with some of their favorite choral music for Advent and Christmas. The concert will feature Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s a cappella choral masterpiece Magnificat; music by Northwest composers John Muehleisen, Bern Herbolsheimer, and Robert Scandrett; and music by Herbert Howells, Gerald Finzi, Benjamin Britten and others.

Tonight’s Concert POSTPONED

Saturday, October 15th, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
University Congregational United Church of Christ
4515 16th Ave Ne, Seattle, WA 98105
$20 in advance, $24 at the door

peace

Due to extreme weather conditions that are forecast for tomorrow night, our October 15th concert is POSTPONED.

PLEASE JOIN US ON Saturday, January 21, 2017, at University Congregational Church for PEACE IN OUR TIME.

We look forward to singing this wonderful concert for you on Saturday, January 21, 2017, on the PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION weekend! Read more…

All Northwest

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Pre-Concert Lecture @ 7:15 pm
St. Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave. E., Seattle
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Join our celebration of the musical contributions of some of our region’s most prominent choral composers. This popular biannual event features choral works by Northwest composers, including Opus 7’s Composer-in-Residence John Muehleisen, and Opus 7’s Student Choral Composition Awards Program winners.

Phoenix

Saturday, February 27th, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Join St. James Cathedral Resident Ensemble Opus 7, directed by Loren Pontén, for a stunning concert of dramatic choral music for the Lenten Season.
PhoenixThis critically-acclaimed group is known for its glorious sound, ardent musicality, and innovative programming of late 19th– through 21st-century repertoire. A featured work for this concert will be “Phoenix” by the renown Seattle composer Peter Hallock. This evocative setting for choir, cello and harp is from an ancient Christian poem which references several Psalms depicting images of restoration and rebirth. Other striking music for Lent by Mendelssohn, Homilius, Pizzetti, Koszewski and Penderecki.

 

Music for the Feast of Saint Nicholas

Sunday, December 6th, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Don’t miss St. James Cathedral Resident Ensemble Opus 7’s celebration for the Feast of St. Nicholas with Benjamin Britten’s brilliantly entertaining and moving cantata, Saint Nicolas. This joyous cantata for choir, orchestra, tenor soloist, and children’s choirs will feature young singers from St. James’ own Youth Music Program (Stacey Sunde, director) and Dr. Paul Thornock, organist.

The Voice of the Rain

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
University Congregational United Church of Christ
4515 16th Ave Ne, Seattle, WA 98105
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

After a long, hot summer, the sound of a long-awaited Pacific Northwest rainfall soothes the earth and our souls. Opus 7 invites you to their first concert of the season with a stunning selection of choral music celebrating the sounding seas and the voice of the rain. Music by Eric Whitacre, John Muehleisen, Edward Elgar, Gerald Finzi, Claude Debussy, Bern Herbolsheimer, J. A. C. Redford, Eric Barnum, and others.

Greater Seattle Choral Consortium 2015 Choral Festival

Friday, October 9th, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
St. Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave. E., Seattle
Free admission

Opus 7 will perform about 9:00 pm on Friday night.

The Greater Seattle Choral Consortium is proud to announce our second Seattle Sings choral festival to be presented October 8th through October 10th 2015 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, located on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. More information →

Peter Hallock memorial celebration

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
St. Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave. E., Seattle

Let My Prayer Arise

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
Suggested donation $18.00 in advance, $20 at the door for adults; students and seniors pay as able.

Christ-In-Majesty_100From the great Romantic choral works of Sergei Rachmaninoff to contemporary pieces by Baltic composers Arvo Part, Peteris Vasks and Arturs Maskats, we celebrate a rich choral tradition of prayerful and inspirational music that unites people through faith.

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Robert Scandrett Musical Memorial Concert

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
University Congregational United Church of Christ
4515 16th Ave Ne, Seattle, WA 98105

Please join us for a Musical Memorial Concert
in honor of
Robert Leland Scandrett

Bob Scandrett

The Seattle-area music community will gather to remember a great choral artist, Bob Scandrett, who passed away suddenly on November 30, 2014. He was 88 years old.

It was Bob’s wish to have one of his favorite pieces, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, sung at his memorial. The performance will be with chamber orchestra, organ, and around 100 singers from many of the choral organizations where Bob conducted or sang – including Opus 7, the University Congregational Church Choir, Seattle Symphony Chorale, Midsummer Musical Retreat and Western Washington University. Read more…

Shining Rose of Heaven

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
Suggested donation $18.00 in advance, $20 at the door for adults; students and seniors pay as able.

image001Opus 7’s annual Holiday concert of works for the Advent and Christmas season will focus on music and text by women composers and poets, including composers Carol Barnett, Abbie Betinis, Alice Parker, and Gwyneth Walker, as well as Seattle’s own Melinda Bargreen and Karen P. Thomas. Works composed by Barnum, Ferko, MacMillan, Mathias, Mawby, Paulus, Perera, and Georg Schumann will also be featured. In keeping with the theme, many of the works focus on the Virgin Mary. Sacred poetry and chant by the revered Hildegard von Bingen will be featured throughout the concert.

Festival of St. James Choirs

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle

Opus 7 will be performing as part of a festival concert with the St. James Schola, Seattle Pro Musica and the Medieval Women’s choir. Read more…

All Northwest

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Trinity Parish Church (Episcopal)
609 8th Ave. Seattle, WA
Suggested donation is $18.00 in advance, $20 at the door for adults; students and seniors pay as able.

All NorthwestOpening Opus 7’s 23rd-Annual Season, “All Northwest” features a spectacular collection of choral music by Northwest composers with special guests:
Christina Siemens, piano; Cherilyn Reimers, violin; David Lepse, organ

7:25 pm pre-concert panel discussion with composers

Read more…

Spring Folly

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Trinity Parish Church (Episcopal)
609 8th Ave. Seattle, WA
$18 in advance ($20 at the door)

Link to map and directions  (Trinity Parish web site)

Grant Us Peace: Lenten Music for Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
$18 in advance ($20 at the door)

Grant Us Peace Concert Flyer

From conflict to resolution, from dissonance to consonance, Opus 7 takes works from 17th and 18th-century Italy and juxtaposes them with music written in the last 20 years. Although 300 years separate the early repertoire from the later works, the compositions show striking similarities. Antonio Caldara’s stirring Stabat Mater illustrates the startling dissonance of the late Italian Baroque paired with the stark harmonies and modern, soulful lyricism of John Muehleisen’s work of the same name. Also featured are a late Monteverdi madrigal with sacred text, Stabat Virgo Maria, and the world premiere of Stephen Cavit’s arrangement of Amazing Grace for choir, strings, trombones, piano and soloists. The concert concludes with Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ majestic Dona nobis pacem for choir and orchestra.

A Boy Was Born

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Ave, Seattle
$18 in advance ($20 at the door)

20131214 Final Poster

Opus 7’s December concert celebrates the anticipation of the arrival of the Christ Child as a light in our dark world. Read more…

Beautiful Minds

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
Seattle

This concert will feature works by composers and poets who created works of magnificent beauty in the midst of their own personal struggles with mental illness. Their determination to persevere in their artistic endeavors is an example and an encouragement to all who face personal afflictions, whether physical or mental. Read more…

Chorus America

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 @ time TBD
First Presbyterian Church
Seattle

All Northwest

Saturday, May 11th, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
St. Mark's Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave. E., Seattle

Grant Us Peace

Saturday, March 9th, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
Seattle

St. James Cathedral resident ensemble Opus 7 invites you to join them and special guests – percussionist Karen Sunmark and St. James Associate Organist Clint Kraus – for a concert of deeply moving works for the Lenten season that center around the theme of our desire for peace in the midst of travail and the hope that comes from the promise of peace and resolution. Read more…

I Sing of a Maiden

Saturday, December 8th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
Seattle

If Music Be the Food of Love

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
St. Mark’s Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave. E., Seattle