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Northwest Chamber Chorus auditions in Phinney Ridge on Aug. 28

July 11th, 2016 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus is holding auditions for experienced singers from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 28, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

One prepared classical audition piece (accompanist provided) and sight-singing is required.

To schedule an audition with Music Director Mark Kloepper, contact Executive Director Betsy Brockman at nwcc@frontier.com.

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NW Chamber Chorus performs ‘Director’s Choice’ concert in Phinney Ridge June 5 and 11

May 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus celebrates 10 years with Director Mark Kloepper with two concerts with special guest Jay Mabin on blues harmonica. The concerts are at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The highly regarded 40-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus closes its 48th Concert Season with two performances of its “Director’s Choice” concert. This varied program celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Mark Kloepper’s tenure as Music Director of the NWCC and features favorites chosen by him, the singers and audience from the past ten years of programs.

Included are Der Geist hilft by J.S. Bach with organ continuo, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl and Bogoroditse Devo by Sergei Rachmaninoff, I Have Had Singing by Steven Sametz, porky & porkie by Neil Ginsberg on a poem by e.e. cummings, Voix Celestes by Gilbert Alcock, and two pieces from Liebeslieder Waltze by Johannes Brahms:Ein kleiner , hübscher Vogel wär and Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen.

Also on the program are spirituals My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord arranged by Moses Hogan and Ezekiel Saw de Wheel arranged by William L. Dawson, Southern folk hymn Down in the River to Pray arranged by Marc Hafso, and Shaker song, Ye Followers of the Lamb arranged by Edwin Earle Ferguson, folk songs Oro My Currach arranged by Neil Gisberg, and Home on the Range arranged by Mark Hayes with harmonica solo by blues artist Jay Mabin.

Tickets are $23, or $18 for senior citizens and singers of established groups. Students ages 6-18 are admitted free. Tickets are available online or by calling 206-523-1196.

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Free concert by Seattle Symphony Principal French Horn player Jeffery Fair in Phinney on May 19

May 9th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Symphony Principal French Horn player Jeffery Fair will perform a free concert through Simple Measures Innovative Chamber Music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. All the music is by composers inspired by the beauty of nature.

Simple Measures presents the second concert under its new business model which provides concerts FREE to the public. This concert features works written by composers who were inspired by nature, featuring the French Horn, an instrument that started out as a hunting call instrument. We’ll be joined by Seattle Symphony’s Principal Horn player, Jeffrey Fair. Hear the hunt-inspired Divertimento by Haydn, Kodaly’s Duo for violin and cello based on tunes culled from folk music of rural Hungary, Liszt’s Vallee D’Obermann based on a novel about nature set in the Swiss countryside, and Gilbert Vitner’s Hunter’s Moon. The final complete work is Brahms trio for Horn, Violin and Piano.

Other musical artists include Michael Jinsoo Lim on violin, Rajan Krishnaswami on cello, and Mark Salman on piano.

Since the concert is free, no tickets are required. Seating is first-come first-served.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus presents ‘A Musical Feast’ March 13 & 19

March 1st, 2016 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus presents “A Musical Feast” on March 13 and 19 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. The March 13 concerts begins at 3 p.m.; the March 19 concert is at 7:30 p.m.

This program with a light-hearted theme of a feast with good food and beverages, includes songs by many different composers and from many different eras. Director Mark Kloepper says he conceived this fun program as “one that feeds the mind, the body, and the soul.”

Included are Bagels & Biscuits by Theodore Lucas, selections from Play With Your Food by Paul Carey, A Girl’s Garden by Randall Thompson (poem by Robert Frost), Mosquitoes by Stephen Chatman, The Drunken Sailor arranged by Robert Sund, Good Ale arranged by John Rutter,Toast pour le nouvel an (New Year’s Toast) by Gioachino Rossini, Three Jolly Coachmenarranged by Michael Levi, and Java Jive arranged by Kirby Shaw (as recorded by Manhattan Transfer).

Also on the program are If Music be the Food of Love by David Dickau, Two Macedonian Folk Songs arranged by Alojz Srebotnjak, Russian Picnic by Harvey Enders, O Sacrum Convivium by Oliver Messiaen, Sicut Cervus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Drinkin’ of the Winespiritual arranged by Rosephanye Powell.

Tickets are $23 general, $18 seniors and singers of established groups. Students ages 6-18 are admitted free. You can purchase tickets online or by calling 206-523-1196.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus performs ‘Our Dancing Day’ at Phinney Ridge Lutheran on Dec. 6 & 12

December 1st, 2015 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus performs “Our Dancing Day” concert with guest string quartet, flute and percussion on Dec. 6 and 12 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Included in the program are traditional carols Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day by John Rutter and by John Gardener with percussion, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Cary John Franklin with flute, and Ding Dong Merrily on High by Stephen Paulus with flute, A Christmas Carol by Charles Ives, Patapan by Paul J. Christiansen, Go Where I Send Thee by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, Noche de Paz (Silent Night) by César Carillo, andDance Today With Joy by Vijay Singh with percussion. Featured on the program is the exciting Estampie Natalis by Vaclav Nelhybel with flute, piccolo, violin, viola, cello and percussion. O Magnum Mysterium by Ivo Antognini, Personent Hodie by Vijay Singh, Ave Maris Stella by Edvard Grieg, Virga Jesse Floruit by Anton Bruckner, and Ubi Caritas III (Sacred Heart) by Ola Gjeilo with string quartet, complete this festive program.

Concerts are at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Tickets are $23 general; $18 senior citizens and singers of established groups. Students ages 6-18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 206-523-1196.

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Phinney Ridge prayer service Saturday for Holden Village, evacuated because of Chelan fire

August 7th, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, at 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., will hold a special service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to pray for Holden Village, affected by the Wolverine Creek Fire near Chelan.

All are welcome.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus presents “A Joyful Noise!” concerts Saturday and Sunday

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus presents “A Joyful Noise!” concerts, with guest saxophonist Michael Brockman, on Saturday and Sunday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. Saturday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s concert begins at 3 p.m.

This is NWCC’s 47th concert season.

This program with music celebrating the beauty and joy of music, includes songs by many different composers and from many different eras, including Sing Joyfully by William Byrd, Exultate Deo by Scarlatti, Parce Mihi Domine by Morales (with soprano saxophone improvisation by Michael Brockman), Cantate Domino by Monteverdi, Salmo 150 by Aguiar, and The Silver Swan by Gibbons.

Also on the program are Wondrous Love arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, Cry Out and Shout by Knut Nystedt, traditional spirituals The Battle of Jericho arranged by Moses Hogan, Deep River arranged by Anders Paulsson (with soprano saxophone improvisation by Michael Brockman), There is Sweet Music by Edward Elgar, Musical Risotto by Jonathan Willcocks, Earth Song by Frank Ticheli, The Old Church by Stephen Paulus, and Music, When Soft Voices Die by Frank Bridge.

Michael Brockman is co-director and lead alto saxophonist of the renowned Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and has been a faculty member at the UW School of Music since 1987. He appears frequently with the Seattle Symphony and as a featured soloist with Philharmonia NW, Cascade Symphony, St. James Cathedral Choir, Choral Arts, Northwest Chamber Chorus, Ave Renaissance Choir, and with organist Doug Cleveland.

Tickets are $22 general, $17 senior citizens, $12 students, and $12 active singers, and are available online, by calling 206-523-1196, and at the door. Children ages 6-12 admitted free with accompanying adult.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concert June 20 to benefit school in Haiti

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus presents its annual concert to benefit the George Marcellus School in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The chorus will sing a program of mostly a cappella modern and not-so-modern folk music from around the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Sweden, the Republic of Georgia and southern France. The chorus’s mission is to “sing local, act global.”

We sing for free, on behalf of the George Marcellus School in one of the poorest areas of rural Haiti. Donations are much appreciated. We hope to raise the entire $6,500 budget that the school needs for teacher salaries and providing each student one meal a day. 100% of funds raised will go to the school through the Mona Foundation, a Kirkland-based non-profit 501(c)3 that supports universal education.

Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for a fun evening of good singing in a good cause.

Donations can be made here.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus and Concord Chamber Choir perform March 15

February 19th, 2015 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus and Concord Chamber Choir will perform the Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. Tickets are $22 general, $17 senior citizens; $12 students and singers. Children ages 6-12 are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Purchase tickets online or by calling 206-523-1196.

The highly regarded 40-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus under Music Director Mark Kloepper combines forces with the Eastside-based Concord Chamber Choir to present Frank Martin’s deeply spiritual masterpiece, the Mass for Double Choir, written early in the 20th century and not performed until 1963.

Also on the program are performances by each participating choir. Northwest Chamber Chorus performs Amen by Henryk Górecki, McKay from The Sacred Harp, arranged by Carol Barnett, Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down traditional spiritual arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, Carpe Diem by Portland composer Joan Szymco, commissioned in honor of the NWCC’s 40th Anniversary in 2008.

Concord Chamber Choir performs Alleluia and I Will Lift Mine Eyes by Jake Runestad, O Sacrum Convivium by Olivier Messiaen, Hymn to the Eternal Flame by Stephen Paulus, Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin, Ain’t That good News and I Can Tell the World traditional spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan.

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