Concert Season 2012-2013


Gary Cannon

It’s an exciting time to be involved with the Cascadian Chorale! We will present three concerts this season, spanning over four centuries of great choral music. In December, we will consider both the spiritual and secular significances of “A Light in Winter,” including major works by Mendelssohn and Lauridsen. Our March program, “Flights of Fancy,” features Eric Whitacre’s thrilling Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine. Sine Nomine, a Renaissance choir under the direction of the Early Music Guild, will join us to present the massive, forty-voice Spem in alium by English master Thomas Tallis. We will close the season anticipating summer travels “Far from Home,” including favorites by Dvořák and Holst, together with the tragic Canticum calamitatis maritimae by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, one of the greatest choral works of the last twenty years. We hope you’ll join us for these powerful, passionate performances!

—Gary D. Cannon

A Light in Winter

Winter is a time of the departing sun, and of the reigning stars and moon. These visual references are deeply intertwined in the Christmas story, with Christ himself a symbolic “Light of Gold” (in Whitacre’s Lux aurumque) and his mother Mary as the “Bright Star of the Sea” (in Grieg’s Ave maris stella). The three wise men, guided by a star, are heard in Mendelssohn’s unfinished oratorio, Christus. This concert’s major work is Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, with its virtuosic piano part played by Ingrid Verhulsdonk.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
7:00 p.m.

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

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Sunday, December 9, 2012
3:00 p.m.

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

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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!

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

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

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

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

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Far From Home

We have all felt a sense of distance while traveling afar. Bern Herbolsheimer’s Love Letters sets four Tatar lovesongs from just such a traveler. Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Canticum calamitatis maritimae, written to commemorate the 1994 sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea, is an elaborate and dramatic tone-poem for unaccompanied voices. We also highlight some special texts, including a speech by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and words of astronaut Russell Schweickart, as a reminder that we are all journeying together on this planet. Gustav Holst and William Billings tell stories of difficult journeys at sea that nevertheless end happily.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
7:00 p.m.

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

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Sunday, June 2, 2013
3:00 p.m.

Holy Innocents Catholic Church
26526 NE Cherry Valley Road
Duvall, Washington 98019

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