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One of the most beloved texts set by choral composers is the Magnificat, the Biblical prayer of Mary after she learned that she was to give birth to Jesus. We will explore the approaches of four different composers to this text, including the German Baroque master Hieronymus Praetorius and three modern composers such as Arvo Pärt. Three of history’s greatest composers—Victoria, Bruckner, and Rachmaninov—provide compelling and diverse settings of the Ave Maria prayer. This concert also features works by three Northwest composers: Sheila Bristow, Peter Chamberlain, and our Composer-in-Residence, Reginald Unterseher.

  • Magnificat, by René Clausen
  • Ave Maria, by Tomás Luis de Victoria
  • Ave Maria, by Anton Bruckner
  • Bogoroditse devo, by Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Hymn to the Mother of Light, by Reginald Unterseher
  • Magnificat quinti toni, by Hieronymus Praetorius
  • Magnificat, by Arvo Pärt
  • Fair as a dove, by Sheila Bristow
  • Of a Rose, by Cecilia McDowall
  • Ave maris stella, by Edvard Grieg
  • A spotless rose, by Herbert Howells
  • Away in a manger, by Reginald Unterseher
  • Magnificat, by Peter Chamberlain

Saturday, December 12, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Church of the Holy Cross
11526 162nd Avenue NE
Redmond, Washington


Sunday, December 13, 2015
3:30 p.m.

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


Proud member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium