People of the Drum

Image of Sondra Segundo holding a drum that she designed

The Seattle Peace Chorus is proud to present our up-coming concerts, People of the Drum, in honor of Native Americans and their contributions to our nation, community, and environment. We wish to express our solidarity with them and with their struggle for identity and cultural preservation. Our concert program represents a collaboration with our Native American communities and features music composed by Frederick N. West, the director of the Seattle Peace Chorus. Native American singers, drummers, story tellers, and tribal elders will be an integral part of our concert.

Native American tribes in the United States have struggled for years to uphold treaties that protect their rights to fishing, hunting, and preservation of their sacred grounds. This work will include poetic renderings of these and other legacies, including the Navajo prayer “Beauty before us, beauty behind us, we walk in beauty; it is finished in beauty.”

See “Notes from the Composer.”

We present this concert at two Native American sites in Seattle with limited seating: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, and the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Featured Artists

  • Frederick N. West, Director Seattle Peace Chorus and composer of the musical program
  • Sondra Segundo, Haida singer
  • Johnny Moses, Tulalip storyteller
  • Kevin Locke, Lakota hoop dancer, story teller, and Native American flute expert (Duwamish Longhouse only)
  • Professional chamber orchestra
  • Edie Loyer Nelson, Duwamish tribal elder

Thank you for your contribution and your support. Our goals of promoting peace and justice and making connections with justice-minded people of our Seattle community, our country, and the world is enhanced by your support both in attendance at our concerts and financially.

Your ticket for Sunday or Saturday is good for only the given date and venue. Seating is limited, so get your tickets as soon as possible from a chorus member, or on Brown Paper Tickets (see below). Because of the limited number of seats available at these venues, ticket prices are $30 at the door; $25 in advance; $23 seniors, students, special needs.

Sunday 17 November 2019, 3:00 pm

  • Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
  • 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, WA 98199

Saturday 23 November 2019, 7:00 pm

  • Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
  • 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis: Music Overcomes Adversity

The Seattle Peace Chorus is proud to present Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis: Music Overcomes Adversity to commemorate the 250th year since his birth. In recognition that Beethoven lost his hearing at age 29 and famously continued to compose some of the world’s greatest music, Seattle Peace Chorus is reaching out to members of the hard-of-hearing community and providing for them in this concert by creating a visual display to illuminate the highlights of the work. We plan to have a pre-concert educational program on the life and times of Beethoven, and have American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at the concerts.

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is a major choral work that is scored for full orchestra, chorus, and four soloists (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). The orchestra includes 12 string players, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, and double winds.

Saturday 13 June 2020, 7:30 pm
and Sunday 14 June 2020, 7:00 pm

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

Ticket prices are $27 at the door; in advance, ticket prices are $22 for general admission, $20 for seniors and people with special needs, and $10 for students.


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