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Flights of Fancy

Ever since the first human gazed upward to birds soaring aloft has flight spurred the imagination. Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine brilliantly depicts the Renaissance thinker’s visionary struggles. Those inspirational birds appear in Stanford’s The Blue Bird and works by Vancouver composer Stephen Chatman. Composer-in-Residence Greg Bartholomew provides music for three philosophical poems by his father, a pilot in World War II. We are also excited to premiere a new work by Joy Porter, who sings in our alto section. But surely the highlight of this concert is Thomas Tallis’s massive, forty-part motet, Spem in alium; if ever a piece of music were a “flight of fancy,” this is it!

  • Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, by Eric Whitacre
  • Three Gnostic Poems, by Greg Bartholomew
  • Mondnacht, by Joy DeCoursey-Porter [world premiere]
  • Ascendens Christus in altum, by Tomás Luis de Victoria
  •     intermission
  • Spem in alium, by Thomas Tallis [in collaboration with Sine Nomine]
  • When rooks fly homeward, by Arthur Baynon
  • The Blue Bird, by Charles Villiers Stanford
  • Mosquitoes, by Stephen Chatman
  • Ezekiel saw the wheel, arranged by William L. Dawson

Full program notes

Saturday, March 16, 2013
7:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, Washington


Sunday, March 17, 2013
3:00 p.m.

Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, Washington


Proud member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium