Seattle Pro Musica - A World of Choral Beauty

2015-16 Season Announcement

Seattle Pro Musica is thrilled to announce our 2015-16 Season! We have an exciting year planned for you, ranging from December holiday music from the Baltics and Scandinavia in Northern Lights, to our expression of the possibility for concord between people in Peace - Music of Three Faiths. We are especially excited this year to partner with the orchestra of Pacific Musicworks to present a period-instrument performance of J.S. Bach’s monumental masterpiece, the Mass in B minor.

Please join us for a season of vibrant music and profound emotion expressed with the human voice. Reserved passes available online or by phone - call Brown Paper Tickets' 24-hour hotline at 1-800-838-3006, or call Seattle Pro Musica directly at 206-781-2766

Karen P. Thomas
Artistic Director and Conductor

Northern Lights - Music of the Baltics and Scandinavia

Northern Lights showcases music that evokes the shimmering beauty of the aurora borealis. The program spans a thousand years of Baltic and Nordic choral music, from medieval chant and traditional carols to contemporary works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Cyrillus Kreek, and Veljo Tormis. The centerpiece is Northern Lights by Ēriks Ešenvalds, one of today’s most sought-after young composers. With voices, chimes, and tuned water goblets, Ešenvalds recreates the wonder of the northern lights in sound.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30 pm
First Baptist Church

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Pre-Concert Lectures at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Chapel at Bastyr University 

Christmas with Seattle Pro Musica - a Family Holiday Concert

Bring the whole family for a joyful concert of traditional carols, holiday stories, and an audience sing-along. Students from area schools will join us in this one-hour concert that’s perfect for children and their families!

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 3:00 pm
First Baptist Church

Peace - Music of Three Faiths

“Moslems and Christians and Jews / raising their hands to the sky / their chanting voice in unison…” – Rumi, from Gloria (everywhere)

Peace explores the deep connections between three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Anchoring the program are Gloria (everywhere) by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince with words by the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, and I sing of love by Bernard Hughes who weaves together texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions.

The concert also includes uplifting works by the Renaissance Jewish composer Salomone Rossi, contemporary Lebanese composer Kahlil Rahme, and Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, along with Healey Willan’s An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral

Bach - Mass in B minor

Seattle Pro Musica presents J.S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor. Completed in 1748 just prior to the composer’s death, the Mass is perhaps Bach’s ultimate expression of both his musical skills and his deep personal faith.

We are joined by the renowned period-instrument orchestra Pacific Musicworks with concertmaster Tekla Cunningham, Baroque trumpet virtuoso Kris Kwapis, and four stellar soloists: Kendra Colton, soprano; Joseph Schlesinger, countertenor; Zach Finkelstein, tenor; and Charles Robert Stephens, bass. This special concert will be performed one night only — don’t miss what’s sure to be a memorable event.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral


  Seattle Pro Musica recently performed a preview of our recent Prism: Pärt & MacMillan concert on Classical King FM 98.1! Stream the preview here.