This season the Seattle Peace Chorus begins a series of concerts to honor groups of people who have kept their rich traditions alive throughout persecution, enslavement, and hardships. Our Diaspora series will continue into our 2017-2018 season.

Orin Odara:
Songs of Transformation

A suite for Afro-Cuban Orisha of the Yoruban people, featuring solist Elspeth Savani, directed by Frederick West, arranged and composed by Fred Hoadley, bandleader of Sonado

The music in this concert honors the African diaspora:

  • Orin Odara, with Afro-Cuban-jazz ensemble Sonado
  • Gospel, jazz, and American folk songs that we will sing on our Cuban tour

The song suite Orin Odara uses rhythms and texts from the Santeria tradition of the Yoruban people who were brought to Cuba as slaves and whose musical heritage survived the oppression of slavery.

University Congregational Church
4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

  • Friday 18 November 2016, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 19 November 2016, 7:30 p.m.

For non-season ticket-holders: $25 at the door; $20 in advance; $18 seniors, students, special needs

Remembrances of Cuba

Special event for season ticket holders & sponsors. The public is welcome.

We will bring images, songs, and stories back from Cuba to share with our season ticket holders & supporters.

Season ticket holders will be guests. Others will be asked to contribute a donation. Five to ten dollars is recommended. The program will consist of a narrated slide/video presentation and three brief speakers discussing our experience singing with Cuban choirs, our visiting and performing at art schools, and our interacting with the Cuban people and Cuban society. There will be a brief choral performance and a question and answer period facilitated by a moderated panel.

St. Therese Church
3416 E Marion St., Seattle, WA 98122

  • Friday 27 January 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Verdi for the People: Requiem of Resistance

“Remember!” Music honoring the Jewish diaspora:

  • Messa da Requiem, by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Traditional Jewish songs

This stirring music will honor the strength of the human spirit and the power of music to keep that spirit alive during the darkest times. Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was memorized and performed by prisoners in the Terezin Nazi concentration camp.

For non-season ticket-holders: $25 at the door; $20 in advance; $18 seniors, students, special needs

Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets:

or call 800.838.3006

University Congregational Church
4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

  • Saturday 3 June 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 4 June 2017, 7:30 p.m.