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Concert Season 2015-2016


Magnificat

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.

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


Rachmaninov Vespers

Sergei Rachmaninov is best known for his works for piano and for orchestra, but he also composed one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire: his hour-long, unaccompanied All-Night Vigil, often called the “Vespers.” Written in 1915, it is the most beautiful blossom in the final flowering of the great Russian choral tradition in the turn of the twentieth century.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, April 3, 2016
3:30 p.m.

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


Shakespeare & Friends

The words of William Shakespeare continue to resound today, four hundred years after the dramatist lived. Composers have always been drawn to his texts, such as the twentieth-century English giant Ralph Vaughan Williams. We will also explore four living composers, including the Finn Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and their diverse settings of Shakespeare. To further demonstrate the artistic climate in which Shakespeare flourished, we will present works from his era as well as settings of his contemporary poets.

Saturday, June 4, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, June 5, 2016
3:30 p.m.

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


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