verb. work jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something
Why is collaboration important? Like the above definition suggests (courtesy of Oxford Dictionary), people collaborate to create, and often times what comes as a result exceeds the expectations of the creators. This year, University Chorale has had some fortunate opportunities to work with other artists, each for different reasons.
Sometimes, people collaborate for a great cause. Like how we coordinated with Mateo Messina, Imogen Heap, and Pomplamoose in a benefit concert for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Or how we contributed our singing talents to a fundraiser and gala at the Henry Art Gallery for visual artist Ann Hamilton.
Other times, we collaborate to tell a story. Like how we coordinated with the Sapience Dance Company to convey a message of peace with Randall Thompson’s A Peaceable Kingdom. Or how we joined University Symphony and Chamber Singers in expressing the sorrows of death and begging for forgiveness in the final hour with Duruflé’s Requiem.
We also collaborated with other choirs to share our singing experiences. Like how we exchanged songs with the Olympia High School choir and toured them around campus. Or how the women of Chorale shared with a Russian women’s choir, Vita in Canto. They’re under the direction of UW Masters graduate, Yuly Kopkin, and at the time were touring the United States.
As the school year winds down, and we reminisce about the people we’ve worked with, we bring our memories and our experiences to the stage for one more collaboration. This time, we will be working with saxophonist Michael Brockman in our concert, Out of Darkness. Our combined efforts will tell the tale of rising out of darkness in times of strife, and celebrate the times when life shows us the light. It will feature the saxophonist’s world premier of his composition, Ēka Satya, and a composition by our very own Dr. Wyers: A Lantern Voice.