Bellevue Sanctuary Space –

2017 series

All events are free to the public and take place at First Congregational Church, Bellevue (11061 NE 2nd St, Bellevue, WA 98004). Free event parking is available. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. The building is accessible and hearing assistance is available.

Occidental College Glee Club – Thursday, January 19, 7:30 pm

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The Occidental Glee Club from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, brings its signature blend of classical and contemporary masterpieces to the Pacific Northwest. Come enjoy the soaring glories of Schütz, Handel, Bruckner, and Debussy, plus traditional songs from Ireland, Argentina, Cuba, and the United States.


Pacific MusicWorks – Sunday, March 5, 7:00 pm

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PMW works to bring internationally renowned artists into collaboration with leading musicians from the Northwest, and to foster creative dialogue among artists from a broad array of fields and cultures. The heart of its repertoire is 17th- and 18th-century vocal music, but performances range from the Renaissance to innovative contemporary works and from chamber music to oratorio and opera.


Rick Steves – Sunday, March 19, 5:30 pm

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Rick Steves is an internationally recognized travel author and PBS/NPR personality. Rick is also actively engaged in progressive politics including marijuana legalization, homelessness and women’s reproduction rights. He will speak on two of his favorite themes: Travel as a Political and Spiritual Act. A time of Q&A will follow the presentation.


Holly Near – Sunday, May 21, 4:00 pm

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As Holly Near celebrates her first album in three years, Peace Becomes You, she’s building on 40 creative years and 30 recordings. Respected around the world for her music and activism, her joy and passion inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Her music fully engages listeners in the world around them. Holly has made a career speaking to anyone in the world who believes in peace, justice, and feminism, a wonderful spectrum of humanity.


UCC Mass Choir/Orchestra: Fauré Requiem – Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm

The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church, Bellevue hosts singers and instrumentalists from neighboring UCC churches in a performance of the beloved Fauré Requiem. Featuring musicians from University Congregational, Magnolia United Church of Christ, All Pilgrims Christian Church, and Plymouth Church.

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