Premier choral ensemble Choral Arts NW presents the final concert in their 2015-16 season this Saturday, May 14 at St. Joseph in Capitol Hill. Entitled Immortal Fire, the program is filled with communal spirit, evidenced by its two world premieres and the evening’s collaboration with Bellevue’s Newport High School Chamber Choir.
Newly commissioned works by Eric William Barnum and Jake Runestad–both hot young names in the choral world, known for their sensitive text settings and modern harmonies–act as cornerstones of Saturday’s program. The enigmatic essence of art, nature and love will guide the remainder of the concert, including works by Leonard Bernstein and Benjamin Britten. The evening will conclude with Barnum’s “Afternoon on a Hill,” as the Newport Chamber Choir joins Choral Arts for its finale.
Choral Arts is a star rising in the Seattle choral scene, fresh back from a trip to the White House and recently instated as next season’s Ensemble-in-Residence at Plymouth Church UCC. The ensemble will celebrate this new partnership by featuring Plymouth’s new Fisk organ in their performance of Maurice Duruflé’s fabulous “Requiem” this September, and will explore community engagement opportunities with the congregation throughout their residency.
Tickets for the May 14 performance run $25 ($20 seniors, students free with ID). For those based outside of Seattle, Choral Arts is also presenting this concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia on Sunday, May 15 with Olympia Youth Chorus’ Cantabile Choir–tickets here.
Choral Arts NW Presents: Immortal Fire
When: Saturday May 14, 8pm
Where: St. Joseph Parish (732 18th Ave E)