All-American Independence Celebration
Location: Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah 98027
Sunday June 28, 2015, 3:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Description: Master Chorus Eastside s popular All-American Independence Celebration returns once again to Issaquah s historic Pickering Barn to commemorate the 4th of July. American music of all styles stands side-by-side with Dr. Linda Gingrich s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration. 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln s assassination, so this year s Celebrate America theme focuses on Lincoln s life and times, complete with songs and sing alongs from the early and mid-1800s, readings from some of Lincoln s most famous speeches, and the world premier of a musical setting of the Gettysburg Address by University of Washington professor emeritus Abraham Kaplan. Kaplan has an international reputation as a conductor and composer, and has prepared choruses for Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and many other well-known conductors, says MCE artistic director Linda Gingrich. His setting of the Gettysburg Address is from his larger work, Lincolnesque, which he completed in 2014. We re very pleased to have a part in introducing this stirring music to the world.
Get your tickets early, this concert tends to sell out quickly! www.masterchoruseastside.org
Title: Sound Imaginarium: Songs of Light & Glory
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
May 17, 2015 - 3:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Description: For an afternoon of musical transcendence, join Master Chorus Eastside in Sound Imaginarium: Songs of Light and Glory, featuring the Sanctus from Fauré s Requiem, the Sanctus from Bach s B minor Mass, and a work for chorus and strings that is sweeping the choral world, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo s Sunrise Mass. An imaginarium is a place devoted to cultivating the imagination, says conductor Linda Gingrich. We ve chosen works like Morten Lauridsen s O nata lux and Eric Whitacre s Lux aurumque, as well as the Bach and Gjeilo, that explore how music conveys light and glory. It s imaginative and it will be glorious, with chorus, strings and organ combined in a performance of luminous music.