Dylan Thomas' unforgettable ode to his childhood Christmases is a perfect setting for songs of the season. We have chosen several of the Alfred Burt Carols to be placed in amongst Thomas' joyous story-telling. Alfred Burt was a jazz musician who, for fifteen years, continued his father's tradition of writing an original Christmas song to include in the Christmas cards sent to his friends and family. Only one of his songs was performed outside his immediate family during his lifetime. Both Thomas and Burt have a particular facility for speaking directly from their own early experiences, and connecting those to a broad audience. We are very pleased to combine the work of these two artists.
Francis Poulenc, Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
Melinda Bargreen, There is no Rose
Eleanor Daley, Gabriel's Message
Jake Runestad, Alleluia
Christmas carol sing-alongs and more...
Early in his career, Swiss composer Frank Martin penned what would become his best known piece, and a towering achievement in the choral world, his Mass for Double Choir. Then the work sat in his desk drawer for forty years, finally emerging for its premiere in 1963. We are pleased to mark our return to Plymouth Church for this exciting concert by joining forces with the Eastside-based Concord Chamber Choir, founded and directed by Steve Stevens.
Our 40th anniversary commission from 2008, Carpe Diem by Portland composer Joan Szymko
Henryk Gorecki's expansive and powerful Amen
Pieces by the Concord Chamber Choir conducted by Steve Stevens
Throughout the ages, choral composers have had a favorite subject – Music. In the Old Testament, we are called forth in the Psalms to 'make a joyful noise!' Join us as we turn our attention inward, focusing on Music itself. For this program, we are very happy to welcome back our good friend and collaborator, Dr. Michael Brockman, saxophonist and Co-Director of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Michael will make his improvisatory contributions on an arrangement of Deep River by Anders Paulsson and on Parce mihi domine, inspired by Jan Garbarek.
Edward Elgar, There is Sweet Music
Chorbajian, The Silver Swan
Richard Genée, Insalata Italiana
Gerald Finzi, My Spirit Sang all Day
Frank Bridge, Music, When Soft Voices Die
Jules Massenet, Chantez!
Alessandro Scarlatti, Exultate Deo
Hans Leo Hassler, Ihr Musizi frisch auf
|$58 General admission
$46 Seniors age 62+
$36 Active singers* / Students age 13+
|$22 General admission
$17 Seniors age 62+ (Dec & June)
$12 Active singers* / Students age 13+
Children 6-12 admission free
* Community or church choir members