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Concert Season 2013-2014


Gary Cannon

This year, Cascadian Chorale presents music that connects deeply to the human experience in various ways. Our holiday concert in December, “Rejoice in the Lamb”, commemorates the centennial of Benjamin Britten, the leading choral composer of the twentieth century, also including joyful and celebratory Christmas music by other British composers whom he served as an influence. In February, “And All the Earth Shall Sing” celebrates the voices of nature and all humankind, while May’s “The Human Heart” collects music that evokes smiles, tears and laughter. We are excited to develop relationships with Mercer Island Presbyterian Church and Faith Lutheran Church in Redmond, our two beautiful homes for this season. This year we will also begin laying the groundwork for our fiftieth anniversary season during 2014–15: stay tuned for more exciting announcements throughout the year!

—Gary D. Cannon

Rejoice in the Lamb – A British Christmas

The year 2013 marks the centennial year of the great English composer Benjamin Britten. We will commemorate the occasion with a selection of Britten’s music appropriate to the Christmas season, including his masterworks Rejoice in the Lamb and Festival Te Deum. We will also present music by several recent British composers whose style was directly influenced by Britten. This is a concert of joyful celebration both of Christmas and of the preeminent choral composer of the last century.

Friday, December 13, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church
3605 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, Washington

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
4:00 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church
9041 166th Ave. NE
Redmond, Washington

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And All the Earth Shall Sing

This concert’s title is taken from a text by Wendell Berry, as set by Giselle Wyers, Cascadian Chorale’s Composer-in-Residence, in her cycle Three Songs of the Earth. Several of the concert’s texts describe how many aspects of nature—trees, birds, snow, even darkness itself—are imbued with music. We also include celebrations of music itself by William Billings and the Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg. And, since you too are part of the earth, the audience will have opportunities to join in a few sing-alongs!

Saturday, February 22, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church
3605 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, Washington

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church
9041 166th Ave. NE
Redmond, Washington

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The Human Heart – Smiles, Tears, Laughter

It has been said that music is a language that expresses feelings that words alone cannot convey. They may be passionate, mournful, humorous, hopeful, languorous, desperate, or any number of subtle combinations. Such is the case for the music on this concert, which largely features music by local composers. Bern Herbolsheimer’s Love Letters reflect rapture and loneliness alike. Abraham Kaplan and William Billings address both hope and despair in death. Eric Lane Barnes’s Lambscapes give a hilarious twist to an old nursery rhyme. Other works use music to delve into deeper meanings in the poetry of William Wordsworth, Robert Burns, and Robert Frost, and their understandings of the human heart.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church
3605 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, Washington

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
4:00 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church
9041 166th Ave. NE
Redmond, Washington

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