Music Crosses Borders

  • Saturday 17 November 7:30 pm
  • Sunday 18 November 7 pm
  • University Congregational Church
  • 4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • $27 at the door; $22 in advance; $20 seniors, students, special needs

Music Crosses Borders: Beautiful songs from immigrant cultures focuses on how we as a society treat the foreigner, the stranger, and the immigrant, appreciating the diversity of culture brought to our shores by each new wave of people.

With special guests:
Correo Aereo (Abel Rocha & Madeleine Sosin), Alma Villegas, Kent Stevenson (gospel piano), Sid Law (guitar & vocals), Sondra Segundo (Haida singer), & Seattle Iranian Choir

Cooperating organization:
El Centro de la Raza

Seattle Peace Chorus will sing music from a range of recent immigrant cultures, reflecting the rich cultural contributions that all people bring to our country. Our message reflects the great teachings of the world: be kind to the stranger and traveler, as any one of us could find ourselves in need of help in hard times.

From India, we’ll sing music reflecting the story of Rama and Sita, while Alma Villegas, soloist with Azúcar, will sing traditional Mexican songs. Correo Aereo features Madeleine Sosin playing maracas and violin and Abel Rocha, a virtuoso of the traditional Mexican folk harp.

We will sing “Many Rivers to Cross” by Jimmy Cliff and “Bridges Not Walls” by Doug Balcolm. The Seattle Iranian Choir will sing traditional Persian music.

Other new arrangements include the classic ”60s song “White Bird,” composed by It’s a Beautiful Day, symbolizing for us the freedom of songs to move across borders for the cultural enrichment of the world.

Get the lyrics for all the songs in this concert, with translations.

or call 800.838.3006

Founded in 2014, the Seattle Iranian Choir directed by chorus member Afshin Sepehri, focuses on Iranian/Persian songs.

As in past concerts, the Chorus offers a pre-concert lecture on the topic of immigration and asylum issues.

Come early to hear speakers from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

  • Saturday at 6:30 pm, Jorge Baron, the Executive Director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), will speak. He is recognized as a national leader in the field.
  • Sunday at 6:00 pm, a prominent immigration attorney from NWIRP will speak.

Both will be sharing NWIRP’s successes and challenges as they continue to advocate locally, statewide and nationally for immigrants in our community. NWIRP has worked tirelessly to help with impact litigation, community education, and direct legal services for:

  • Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes
  • Asylum
  • Family Services
  • Children & Youth
  • Citizenship
  • DACA
  • Detention & Deportation Defense

We hope you and your friends will take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from those who are on the front lines of immigration work.

Please join us for an exciting evening of singing and music.

Canto General

  • Sunday 2 June 7 pm
  • University Congregational Church
  • 4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • and
  • Saturday 8 June 7:30 pm
  • Town Hall
  • 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
  • $27 at the door; $22 in advance; $20 seniors, students, special needs

Canto General: 80th anniversary. The Seattle Peace Chorus will perform Canto General composed by famed Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, setting the poetry of Nobel Prize laureate Pablo Neruda.

In 1939, Neruda wrote his epic poem, broadening an earlier version of the work, to become a hymn to all of South America.

This work is a powerful choral masterpiece, accompanied by three flutes, classical guitars, double bass, two pianos, and a vast array of exotic percussion instruments. Theodorakis originally had in mind the Greek bouzouki for the orchestra, and it is a possibility that those instruments will be available this year. The epic piece features contralto and baritone soloists.

Neruda celebrates the wild beauty of the forest and the borderless tracks of the land. In “Vegetaciones,” he writes, “to the lands without name or numbers, the wind blew down from other domains, the rain brought celestial threads, and the Gods of the impregnated alters restored flowers and lives.”

Sunday 2 June 2019
University Congregational Church

or call 800.838.3006

Saturday 8 June 2019
Town Hall

or call 800.838.3006

The Seattle Peace Chorus, known for its robust choral mission of singing for peace and justice has traveled to Chile on two occasions and has a special relationship with the people and singers of that country. Their host choir, the Choir of the South, provided elaborate hospitality for the Seattle singers in 2013. Highlights of the trip included an evening with the Mapuche people, and several major concerts featuring movements from Canto General and collaborative singing with the Chilenos.