This season the Seattle Peace Chorus begins with a concert to championing courageous journalists who often put their lives on the line to bring vital information to the world, celebrating the remarkable freedoms guaranteed to us in the First Amendment, particularly the freedom of the press.

World Premier: People of the Drum

The Seattle Peace Chorus is proud to present our up-coming concerts, entitled People of the Drum, in honor of Native Americans and their contributions to our nation, community, and our 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 newly composed music 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 had years of struggles 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.”

We are offering you the opportunity not only to attend the concerts but also to support this important effort by contributing financially to its success. You may sponsor our Native American artists, our orchestral members, and Fred’s commission for musical composition by making a contribution to our concerts. Your name will appear in our program as a sponsor of our guest artist or of Fred’s commission. Make your contribution on our Donate page. Please include a comment that your contribution is dedicated to our Native American artists, our orchestra members, and/or Fred’s commission.

Featured Artists:

  • Frederick N. West, Director Seattle Peace Chorus and composer of the musical program
  • Sondra Segundo, Haida Singer
  • Johnny Moses, Tulalip storyteller
  • Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner, Saanich drummer
  • Professional chamber orchestra
  • Odin Lonning, Tlingit artist/drum maker
  • Thione Diop, master drummer
  • 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 Saturday or Sunday is good for either date. Please be aware, however that this year we are giving this concert at two different venues:

Saturday 2 June 2018, 7:30 p.m., at

  • Seattle First Baptist Church
  • 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Sunday 3 June 2018, 7:00 p.m., at

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

For non-season ticket-holders: $27 at the door; $22 in advance; $20 seniors, students, special needs

or call 800.838.3006