The Ballard High School music program presents its Winter Concert Series Dec. 6, 7 & 11. The Orchestra, Band, and Choir programs will each present a selection of works. Each night’s concerts will culminate in a show-stopper: a masterwork performance that features a full symphonic orchestra and chorus to perform Haydn’s Te Deum, a choral drama in three parts, composed in 1799. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.
Orchestra Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 6
The Chamber Orchestra, together with the Concert Choir, will perform What Sweeter Music, composed by John Rutter, one of the best-known choral composers in Britain. What Sweeter Music sets to music a text by the seventeenth century poet Robert Herrick.
Director Brittany Newell will also lead the orchestras in presentations of Corelli’s Christmas Concerto; Rhosymedre, a hymn tune written by the John David Edwards; the final movements of Grieg’s Holberg Suite; and themes from The Nutcracker. The fiddlers will also perform a set of three Irish tunes.
Band Concert Wednesday, Dec. 7
Director Michael James will lead the Wind Ensemble in performances of Apollo Unleashed by Frank Ticheli and A Solemn Place by Wayne Oquin. The band will also perform Sleigh Ride, a seasonal favorite. The evening will also include featured performances from the Symphonic Band, Jazz 2, and the award-winning Jazz 1.
Choir Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 11
Director Courtney Rowley will lead the choirs in presentations of Bach’s Wir eilen mit schwachen, Elgar’s The Snow, and seasonal favorites such as Silver Bells, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and a Pentatonix arrangement of White Winter Hymnal. The Concert Choir, together with the Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra, will also perform What Sweeter Music, by John Rutter, which sets to music a text by the seventeenth century poet Robert Herrick.
The Masterwork piece performed at each concert: Each evening of the concert series will culminate in a performance of Haydn’s Masterwork, Te Deum, a choral drama in three parts, composed in 1799. The Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra will combine for this finale performance, featuring 210 students on stage.
Performances Details: All performances will be at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117.
All concerts begin at 7:30 PM
Admission is free. If you would like to make a donation to Ballard Performing Arts, you can reserve seats in these crowded concerts. Tickets for reserved seating may be purchased online at https://showtix4u.com; look at upcoming events and search for “Ballard Choir Fall Concert”, etc.
For more information: ballardperformingarts.org
Michael James, Ballard High School Director of Bands: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Rowley, Ballard High School Director of Choirs, email@example.com
Brittany Newell, Ballard High School Director of Orchestras, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (206) 252-1000