The Seattle Choral Company Presents Annual Cathedral Christmas Program: “Buon Natale: An Italian Christmas”

The Seattle Choral Company (SCC), led by their founding director, Freddie Coleman, continues their holiday tradition with their 10th annual Cathedral Christmas concert presented at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

This year’s concert program, “Buon Natale: An Italian Christmas,” will explore centuries of musical contributions made by Italians and Italian-Americans. “Buon Natale” says Merry Christmas in Italian. The SCC’s concert will feature Renaissance motets by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Luca Marenzio, sacred masterworks by opera composers Giuseppe Verdi and Gioacchino Rossini, opera excerpts by Italian-Americans Gian Carlo Menotti and Dominick Argento, and popular Italian Christmas carols.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.

Place: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

1245 10th Ave East, Seattle 98102

A pre-concert talk will be one hour before the performance by SCC director Freddie Coleman at 7 p.m.

The traditional family carol sing-along with the cathedral’s Flentrop organ will take place at 7:30 p.m., with organist Wyatt Smith at the keyboard.

Seasonal works on the program will include:

• ”O magnum mysterium” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

• ”Jubilate Deo” by Giovanni Gabrieli

• “Magnificat” by Luca Marenzio

• “Ave Maria” by Giuseppe Verdi

• “Petite Messe Solennelle” (excerpts) by Gioacchino Rossini

• Choruses from “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti

• Choruses from “The Masque of Angels” by Dominick Argento

• Popular Italian carols: “Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle,” “Gesú Bambino,” “Ninna Nanna,” & “Santa Lucia”

Ticket Information: To purchase tickets, please visit or call (800) 838-3006. Individual tickets are non-reserved and are priced at $25.00 (general), $20.00 (seniors, military & veterans), $5.00 (students with ID), and free for children 6 to 10. 

                             – Seattle Choral Company