March 13th, 2013
Adventure to Spain and Portugal: Wine Tasting with Food Pairing at North City Bistro in Shoreline
April 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM (Doors open at 1:30 PM)
Join us once again for a fun Sunday afternoon at Choir of the Sound’s 4th Annual Bottles & Bites Wine and Food Pairing Fundraiser! There are a limited number of tickets available, so be sure to get yours soon!
The theme this year is “Adventure to Spain & Portugal.” Our “tour guide” is Ray Bloom of Vinum Imports, who has picked unique wines from the many wine regions in Spain & Portugal. Ray has researched the traditional foods that are served with these wines, and the North City Bistro staff will be working their magic to prepare versions of this classic Spanish and Portuguese fare to taste along with the wines.
We will have raffle drawings during the event for some terrific gift baskets: a gardening basket, a kitchen basket, and a Spain/Portugal wine basket, along with items for silent auction. In addition, Ray Smith, our choir’s own chocolatier extraordinaire, will have beautiful assortment boxes of his amazing wares available for $20.
Finally, of course, this is a great way to support your favorite choir! We are again featuring more extensive “tour” levels beyond the basic entry, with fabulous additional goodies! You can purchase a basic entry to Bottles & Bites for $50, OR choose one of the following “tours”:
* Silver Tour–$100: 1 entry to Bottles & Bites, 1 bottle of wine from the wines we will be tasting, and 5 raffle tickets.
* Gold Tour–$250: 1 entry to Bottles & Bites, 2 different bottles of wine from the wines we will be tasting, 1 season ticket for our 2013- 2014 concert season, and 10 raffle tickets.
* Platinum Tour–$500: 2 entries to Bottles & Bites, 4 different bottles of wine, 2 season tickets for our 2013- 2014 concert season, 20 raffle tickets AND…(drum roll here) 2 SEATS AT A SPECIAL DINNER WITH OUR DIRECTOR JEREMY MATHEIS!
This premium tour level is limited to 4 tickets (8 total seats at the Director’s Dinner), so hurry and order to take advantage of this great package!
March 7th, 2013
Here is a marked map showing available parking around St. Mark’s Cathedral for this weekend’s concerts. Don’t forget that the Sunday concert starts at 2:00 PM (not 3:00 PM as is usually the case)–and don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time!
March 2nd, 2013
Be sure to tune in to Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus program next week, when announcer Sean MacLean will feature music and concert information in anticipation of our upcoming concert at St. Mark’s!
ON-AIR SCHEDULE for pieces from our concert program
Thursday, March 7
Clausen: All That Hath Life and Breath at approximately 9:52pm
Friday, March 8
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Festival Cantata, Op.30 at approximately 9:27pm
Northwest Focus showcases the best of the northwest music scene by presenting local concert performances, concert previews, and new releases weekday nights at 8PM. This is one of the many ways that KING FM continually reaches out to and supports its arts community.
KING FM Young Artist Award
KING FM is now accepting entries for its 2013 Young Artist Awards competition!
February 12th, 2013
The experience of singing in a cathedral is unlike any other, because the acoustic properties of a cathedral’s interior are unique. These unusual properties are created by the size, shape and materials used in cathedral design.
By definition, a cathedral is the seat of a bishop, and therefore the chief church in a diocese. Although there are no specific ecclesiastical rules for designing and building a cathedral, few dioceses want a small, humble seat of power, and by tradition cathedral architecture still patterns itself on styles created in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This generally means a sanctuary with a high ceiling, often more than a single story in height, often topped with a dome, and the use of marble or concrete as the primary material.
The larger a space is, the longer the reverberation time of sounds made within it will be – that is, the longer a sound will continue after its source stops making it. Spoken words tend to run together and become more lyrical in such an echoing place, making speech more like singing, and singing richer and more dramatic. The shape of the domed or arched ceiling affects the reverberation time even more; subtle differences in the curvature of a dome can give different qualities to the music made under it. Thus each cathedral has a specific sound. Giovanni Gabrieli was known to compose specifically for the acoustics of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice when he was the principal organist there in the late 16th century; his “Gloria In Excelsis” will give the acoustics of St. Mark’s Seattle a chance to display its own character in this concert.
The marble (or, in more modern times, concrete) that is commonly used for the interiors of cathedrals also has an effect on sound. Unlike plaster or cloth upholstery found in a concert hall, marble and concrete absorb very little sound. This means more sound is free to continue reverberating. In any space, the audience members are the most absorptive (sound dampening) element, but in a cathedral the difference is greater than in a theater. A concert-goer will absorb 400 times more sound than the marble pillar in front of which she is seated.
For a singer, the challenges of performing in cathedral are many, but the rewards are great – hearing one’s own voice magnified and enriched can be heady. For the audience – don’t just try to imagine it. Come and hear what music can become in a sacred space.
February 12th, 2013
The pipe organ in St. Mark’s Cathedral is a treat for the ears, and eyes as well. Dedicated in 1965, and built by the Dirk Flentrop Orgelbouw of the Netherlands, it remains a “landmark instrument” for the international music community.
Aside from its sheer size, the organ is notable for its versatility. The organist and concert master who chose the design broke with Anglican tradition, and selected an instrument designed primarily for playing Bach (although it retains the gentle voicing called for by Anglican anthems.) A full complement of reeds and warm foundations make it equally suitable for the Romantic repertoire. The inaugural recital was played by E. Power Biggs.
A renovation in 1992, and repairs following earthquake damage in 1995, provided the opportunity to install three new reeds and a modern keyboard action, and improve the overall stability of the organ.
Today the Flentrop is much in demand in Seattle’s music scene; beyond its duties accompanying the congregation’s worship, it is used for a recital series by guest organists, and has been featured in such notable concerts as the presentation of the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in 2008. Its success has influenced organ building throughout the United States.
November 28th, 2012
We are excited to be the first group performing at the newly remodeled Shorecrest Performing Arts Center! We do want to let you know that although the theater is completed (hooray!), the ongoing larger Shorecrest High School construction project is continuing, which affects theater parking.
The parking lot that used to be “behind” the theater is no longer available (it is now a construction yard). There are three available parking lots: two lots south and one lot north of the theater. There also is street parking in the area.
The drop-off area for accommodation access to the theater is along the circular drive that runs in front of the school, and there is a new ramp leading up to the theater.
We will have signs posted to assist you in locating the parking lots and drop-off area.
Here is a map showing the parking lots and drop-off area:
November 18th, 2012
A “program note” about our 2012 Holiday Show
In North America, we associate ghosts and ghouls and bumps in the night with Halloween; Christmas is a time of kindness and joy, a celebration of the best of human nature in secular as well as Christian communities. In Europe the dark and scary time of year was more extended. The kind of masquerading and wild behavior we still indulge in on October 31st could erupt on multiple dates throughout the cold dark months.
As Christianity spread throughout Northern Europe, new beliefs and powers were invoked to guard against the old fears. November 1st became All Saints Day; Saint Nicholas was honored on December 6th, and December 25th was celebrated as the birth of Christ the Savior.
Old customs die hard, and the Middle Ages were a brutal time. The hybrids that grew up as Christianity enveloped the old ways yielded a stern St. Nicholas, strong to aid the good people, accompanied by an ugly, demonic servant to punish the bad. This servant went by many names, but is chiefly remembered as Black Peter, or Krampus. Armed with a hand-full of birch switches, Krampus roamed the streets of Alpine towns on the night of December 5th, looking for disobedient children to whip or drag away with him to make a tasty dinner. Only the appearance of St. Nicholas when December 6th dawned could rein in this vengeful spirit. For many centuries this was acted out by townsfolk who donned masks and ran through the streets raising a ruckus, eventually quelled by the appearance of a man in the white robes of a bishop.
As Christmas becomes ever more commercial, with gifts escalating from the original oranges and ginger cookies to electronics that cost hundreds of dollars, perhaps it’s time to reconsider the old ways. When the evening closes in by four o’clock, and the dark and cold send you scuttling indoors, pause a minute to listen. Do you hear a rattle of chains? Be extra nice to your family tonight; you never know who might be watching!
November 18th, 2012
A “program note” about our 2012 Holiday Show
Saint Lucia’s feast day is December 13th. Under the old Gregorian calendar, used in Sweden until the 1750s, that day is also the Winter Solstice, which comes after the longest night of the year. In every household the oldest girl rises before dawn; dressed in a white gown with a red sash, and bearing a wreath of lighted candles on her head, she brings coffee and saffron buns (called lussekatter) to the adults of the household. Her younger sisters follow her in similar clothes; her brothers join in too, also wearing white, in conical hats spangled with stars. This beloved custom has spread through Sweden to the neighboring Scandinavian countries, and came to North America with immigrants from that region. It is celebrated to this day; for Swedish girls, to be chosen as Lucia for their school or town is an honor on par with being Home-coming Queen in the U.S.
October 11th, 2012
Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket to our fall fundraiser taking place this Sunday, October 14th at Elliott Bay Brewery in Lake City. We are completely sold out for the event and looking forward to a fun time!
September 13th, 2012
Support your favorite choir and get into the Oktoberfest spirit by joining us at Elliott Bay Brewery for this fun event on October 14th from 2-4 PM! Your ticket includes a beer tasting (non-alcoholic options will be available), appetizers and a brewery tour. Hurry and order so you don’t miss out– tickets are limited. Prost!
To order your COTStoberfest tickets:
NOTE: Kids 10 and younger may accompany a ticket-holder at no charge.