Monthly Archives: November 2015

Chorale On Fire

Firelight_Banner_2_880x399On Friday, November 6th, the Chorale performed in an amazing concert with Grammy winning composer Mateo Messina. We were on fire, well, everyone was on fire! All the guest artists were phenomenal, including Sweet Water, Shawn Smith, Sela Tuiono, and the Columbia Boys and Girls Choir, and they really gave us a kick in energy when we were on stage. Although the performance was entertaining and the purpose was to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital, the meaning stretches far beyond that. 11041117_10153718356817692_5806972078393432465_nWe were lucky to have him come over to our rehearsal before the concert and gave us his thoughts and inspirations behind the project. Fire is a central part in the human history, but the idea of fire has changed from a necessity for survival to a symbol of stories from our past, of our lives. Everyone, healthy or ill, rich or poor, has the responsibility to pass on their stories to the next generation. This is the second time for the UW Chorale to work with Mateo, with the first time in 2013 also for the benefit concert (See A Symphony of Perspective). Every time we work with Mateo, we receive gifts that are not just music, but also new ideas, perspectives, and inspirations. We enjoyed working with Mateo a lot and looking forward to our next coopration.

Even though the Firelight concert was over last week, the UW Chorale has not burn out the fire yet. We are already looking ahead into December and have our minds and focus directed to our Fall Choral Concert “The Unbreakable Mirror.” On Monday during our rehearsal, we quickly reviewed our songs for the repertoire and had a small performance by the boys and girls in the Chorale. There will be one song in the up-coming Chorale concert that will be sung by males only, and another one by females only. The girls and boys in the choir have been split in separate rooms to practice these two songs during rehearsals, and on Monday was the first time we’ve ever heard each other.

IMAG0187The song that the boys performed was called Gao Shan Qing. Now, I have to step out side as a blogger and acknowledge the boys form my personal view – they were fantastic!! Their enunciation was great; I could almost understand every Chinese word they sang. Their color and power was also just right and beautiful. You can really see that they’ve worked hard on the material.

IMAG0198The girls performed after they boys, and the song was called Hymn to the Waters. It’s a song that requires a lot of internal energy while being very quiet and light. The tempo was much faster then expected, but the girls were great in adjusting quickly and get into the space faster. The tone of the girls were clear and smooth, dispite from the fast tempo, and beautifully created an image of falling angels (at least that’s how I’d like to think of ourselves as).

There are many things and projects still in progess, in Chorale and in our lives. We enjoy every moments possible and try to make the best music out of very opportunity. At the moment we are still working on the details of our songs, and with time, we will definately give you – our friends, families, and fans – another memorable experience.

Fall 2015: Welcome Chorale – Young and Fresh

12118722_10153664456047692_3656384484927003832_nIt’s Fall again! Lots of new faces, activities, holidays, and of course singing! This year, the University of Washington Chorale is very lucky have lots of new and beautiful voices join the ensemble. We learn and grow each year as we sing together to create beautiful moments, and yet we seem to get younger and fresher at times. This year is definately one of those times with most of our new voices Freshmen, and it will be exciting to see how these young voices grow and create their Chorale in a few years. We are also lucky to have two new but amazing assistant conductors: Brenda Mohr and Sarah Riskind, join us this year.

12049215_10207864889521681_6343614547908108513_nWith a group of about 60 people, it is hard to get to know everyone who we’ll be singing together for the rest of the year. But we’re not worried about that, because we have had our first annual choir retreat on the Saturday of October 10th. (Photo left: University Chorale: Refuge, see here for more detail.) The best way to know people around you is to get comfortable singing next to them. And so we did! We started off singing, eat and chat, and played bonding games. The new Chorale Cabinet was also selected during our retreat. And of course, we ended the retreat with our beautiful voices.

12088242_10153704962047692_6176512150685883438_nOur goal this year is to continue reaching our voices out to the public, on or off campus. We have already started with a small ensemble of UW Chorale Carolers singing Auld Lang Syne for the Business School end of the year promotional video on Monday, November 1st. Special thanks to them for their extraordinary performance that gets us off to a good start!

There are many more events that the Chorale will be doing this year. Here are some, listed below, that will take place this Fall that you might be interested in. Chek them out and buy tickets now!

  • Firelight: Mateo Messina on November 6th (Fri), 2015
    • UW Chorale will be joining Mateo Massina again after the 16th Annual Children’s Benefit Concert and perform his original composition of Firelight.
    • Location: Benaroya Hall
    • Time: 8:00pm
    • Tickets: $42-$200
    • Learn more and buy tickets here.
  • Fall Choral Concert “The Unbreakable Mirror” on December 3rd (Thu), 2015
    • UW Chorale and Chamber Singers will be having a concert together to show case what they have learned in the Fall quarter
    • Location: Meany Theater
    • Time: 7:30pm
    • Tickets: $10 all tickets
    • Learn more and buy tickets here.
  • Carolefest on December 9th (Wed), 2015
    • Six choral ensembles offered at the University of Washington Seattle will be holding a performance together to celebrate the holiday
    • Location: Meany Theater
    • Time: 7:30pm
    • Tickets: $10 all tickets
    • Learn more and buy tickets here.
  • Seattle Holiday POPS on December 11 (Fri), 12 (Sat), and 13 (Sun), 2015
    • Conducted by Stuart Chafetz, UW Chorale will be joining Bradway star Capathia Jenkins and acclaimed pianist/ singer Tony DeSare, along with the Seattle Symphony to celebrate the holiday
    • Location: Benaroya Hall
    • Time: Dec 11 (Fri) – 8pm, Dec 12 (Sat) – 2pm, 8pm, Dec 13 (Sun) – 2pm
    • Tickets: $35-$76
    • Learn more and buy tickets here. 

Check your calendar and ask your friends and family to come support the UW Chorale. You don’t want to miss out all these fun. We’d love to see all your faces!