Word over all, beautiful as the sky,
Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage must in time be utterly lost...
— Walt Whitman

Dona Nobis Pacem
May 19 and 20, 2017 - 8pm
St. James Cathedral - Seattle, WA

Presales have ended for our final performance; passes will be available at the door. We hope you'll join us!

Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace) is one of the most important anti-war compositions of the 20th century. This masterful cantata for soloists, choir, and orchestra blends Biblical text with the emotionally charged poetry of Walt Whitman to create a searing indictment of the tragedy of war. Also on the program are Herbert Howells' Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing and Northwest composer John Muehleisen's Da Pacem, a commission by Seattle Pro Musica.

Program Notes


  • Mercy of peace - Nikolai Golovanov (Russia, 1891-1953)
  • Da Pacem - John Muehleisen (US, b. 1955)
  • Da Pacem - plainchant
  • Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing - Herbert Howells (England, 1892-1983)
  • Da Pacem - Christoph Demantius (Germany, 1567-1643)
  • Requiem Aeternam (In memoriam 9/11) - Peter Winkler (US, b. 1943)
  • For the Fallen - Eleanor Daley (Canada, b. 1955) - 
    • Zachary Lyman, trumpet
  • …for they shall… - Bern H. Herbolsheimer (US, 1948-2016)
    • Zachary Lyman and George Steward, trumpets
    • Matthew Kocmieroski, timpani
  • Nunc dimittis - Gustav Holst (England, 1874-1934)
  • Dona Nobis Pacem - Ralph Vaughan Williams (England, 1872-1958)
    • Tess Altiveros, soprano
    • Matthew Hayward, baritone

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