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BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

through song

virtual concert

directed by Frederick N. West

with guest Gospel soloists Tanisha Brooks and Lisa Allen

Streamable on our YouTube channel

Check out our full program, and donate in lieu of buying a concert ticket, below.

Bringing People Together through Song
  • Where There Is Unity (composed by Pat Wright and arranged by Kent Stevenson)
  • Come Together (Beatles)
  • I Wish I Knew How It Feels to Be Free (Nina Simone)
  • Great Grandmother’s Tale (Doug Balcom)
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
King County 4 Culture
  • featuring the talents of
  • Kent Stevenson, Charles Hiestand,
  • Doug Balcom, and many others

The photo of lanterns above is by Vladyslav Tobolenko on unsplash


This concert is free for you to enjoy; however, we do welcome donations in lieu of buying a ticket to attend in person. Thank you!


Program:
Bringing People Together through Song
Celebrating life in all of its diversity

Stream the entire concert: on YouTube

1. Common ground

Where There Is Unity

  • Gospel composition: Pat Wright
  • Arrangement: Kent Stevenson
  • Guest soloist: Lisa Allen
  • Guest gospel pianist: Kent Stevenson
  • Sopranos: Martha Baskin, Pat Clayton, Paula Eisenrich, Julie Eriksen, Dee Knapp, Emily Leslie, Michelle Lewis, Nikki Nichols, Rosalyn Schiller
  • Altos: Donna Austin, Meta Chessin, Mary Giordano, Kris Zawisza, Wendy Zieve
  • Tenors: Doug Balcom, Jeff Carter, Martha Cohen, Sylvain Slaton
  • Basses: Steve Bauck, Stephen Ernst, Wakil Matthews, Dale Rector, Tom Sharp, Straton Spyropoulos, Markos Weiss
  • Audio and video production: Doug Balcom
  • Credits: Where There Is Unity
  • Watch now: on YouTube

2. Commonly loved songs and culture

Come Together

  • Composition: John Lennon, credited to Lennon–McCartney, The Beatles
  • Arrangement: Charles Hiestand
  • Solo drummer: Thane Mitchell
  • Sopranos: Julie Eriksen, Pat Clayton, Paula Eisenrich, Rosalyn Schiller
  • Altos: Michelle Lewis, Sherry Tuinstra-Rosales, Wendy Zieve
  • Tenors: Doug Balcom, Jeff Carter, Martha Cohen
  • Basses: Stephen Ernst, Wakil Matthews, Dale Rector, Tom Sharp, Straton Spyropoulos
  • Audio and video production: Doug Balcom
  • Credits: Come Together
  • Watch now: on YouTube

Thula Sizwe/I Shall Be Released

  • Composition: “Thula Sizwe,’ the South African freedom song, arranged with “I Shall Be Released” by Bob Dylan
  • Arranger: Brian Tate
  • Additional lyrics: Fred West: “Lift your hands up and raise your heart to the sky; we will help one another; let your spirits fly.”
  • Soloists: Liz Douthitt Sharp, Carmen Shupe, Jen Freymond, Doug Balcom
  • Sopranos: Sue Baker, Martha Baskin, Yi-An Burleson, Pat Clayton, Catherine Crain, Shivani Dharmaraja, Dee Knapp, Emily Leslie, Nikki Nichols, Mary Olney-Lloyd, Rosalyn Schiller, Jennifer Sumner, Lisa Valentine
  • Altos: Donna Austin, Brenda Bellamy, Donene Blair, Meta Chessin, Mary Giordano, Young Han, Lila Henderson, Judy Jones, Anita Lenges, Sharon Murfin, Helen Nissani, Linda Noble, Sue Hurley Rector, Denise Schlickbernd
  • Tenors: Jeff Carter, Bill Cote, Justin Ferris, Joe Knight, Kevin O’Connor
  • Baritones: Steve Bauck, Stephen Ernst, Dale Rector, Tom Sharp, John Sparks, Markos Weiss
  • Basses: Bob Andrews, Dean Grainger, Ted Hunter, Adam Sephehri
  • Musicians: Jeff Bush (tamborine), Thione and Gora Diop (drums)
  • Video production: Tom Sharp
  • Watch now: on YouTube

3. Universal Highs and Lows

Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)

  • Composition: T-Bone Walker
  • Soloist: Sherry Tuinstra-Rosales
  • Pianist: Kent Stevenson
  • Watch now: on YouTube
  • All people suffer loss and sometimes feel beaten down by hardship as part of the cycle of our experience. It is the comfort of others and the singing of songs that keeps the fire of our spirits lit.

Hallelujah

  • Composition: MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker)
  • Tenor and bass arrangement: Frederick N. West
  • Singers: Seattle Peace Chorus small ensemble: Emily Leslie, Pat Clayton, Donna Austin, Kris Zawisza, Doug Balcom, Jeff Carter, Straton Spyropoulos, Tom Sharp, Wakil Matthews
  • Audio and video production: Doug Balcom
  • Watch now: on YouTube
  • All people suffer loss and sometimes feel beaten down by hardship as part of the cycle of our experience. It is the comfort of others and the singing of songs that keeps the fire of our spirits lit.
  • All people feel joy and celebrate the high points of life.

4. Great Visions

I See a Time of Seven Generations

  • Composition: Frederick N. West
  • Vision: Crazy Horse – Oglala Sioux
  • Soloists: Sondra Segundo (alto), Cristina Tamer (soprano)
  • Sopranos: Martha Baskin, Miriam Blau, Pat Clayton, Carly Heffel, Dee Knapp, Emily Leslie, Nikki Nichols, Rosalyn Schiller
  • Altos: Donna Austin, Donene Blair, Meta Chessin, Liz Douthitt Sharp, Mary Giordano, Sue Hurley Rector, Anita Lenges, Cindy Talley, Wendy Zieve
  • Tenors: Doug Balcom, Jeff Carter, Bill Cote, Justin Ferris, Joe Knight
  • Basses: Bob Andrews, Steve Bauck, Bill Buchan, Stephen Ernst, Felix Eickemeyer, Dean Grainger, Ted Hunter, David Matthews, Dale Rector, John Ruth, Adam Sephehri, Tom Sharp
  • Musicians: Tom Bell (piano), Josefina Mutascu (flute), Logan Esterling (oboe and French horn), Mary Kantor (bass clarinet), Fred Winkler (soprano sax) Matthew Weiss (first violin), Elizabeth Alexander (second violin), Jen Glenn (viola), Karen Fardal (cello), Attila Kiss (double bass), Sid Law (drums), Charles Hiestand (bass guitar), Thione Diop and Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner (drums)
  • Video production: Liz Douthitt Sharp
  • Hoop dancer: Kevin Locke
  • As we call for people across different views to come together, we are surely united in wanting a planet for our grandchildren that has clean air, water, and green forests with resources used with a thought toward the next generation. None of us can do this alone, and we cannot do it without talking to each other. As Crazy Horse called for decisions to be guided by the lives of the future seven generations, Doug Balcom reaches out for a story that recalls this moment and whether we rose to meet the challenge or not.

5. Moments in time

Great Grandmother’s Tale

  • Composition: Doug Balcom
  • Acoustic guitar: Nedra Gaskill
  • Flute: Brenda Neth
  • Violin: Kelly Mak
  • Oboe and English horn: Rosemary Bell
  • Electric bass: David Wakil Matthews
  • Sopranos: Martha Baskin, Julie Eriksen, Nedra Gaskill, Emily Leslie, Michelle Lewis, Kelly Mak, Margarita Nuños, Nikki Nichols, Mary Wilson
  • Altos: Donna Austin, Mirian Blau, Meta Chessin, Dee Knapp, Brenda Neth, Carmen Shupe, Wendy Zieve
  • Tenors: Doug Balcom, Jeff Carter, Martha Cohen, Sue Hurley
  • Basses: Steve Bauck, Stephen Ernst, Wakil Matthews, Dale Rector, Straton Spyropoulos, Markos Weiss
  • Director and engineer: Doug Balcom
  • Credits: Great Grandmother’s Tale
  • Watch now: on YouTube
  • People coming together, bridging huge differences and historical adversity and antipathy.

Creating Peace

  • Presentation: Liz Douthitt Sharp
  • This video presents perspectives of peacebuilders on reconciliation and creating sustainable peace, with examples from around the world.
  • Credits: Creating Peace (with resources for further study)
  • Watch now: on YouTube

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica

  • Composition: Traditional and Enoch Mankayi Sontaga
  • Arrangement: Sophie McCina
  • Guest drummer: Adora Blue
  • Sopranos: Martha Baskin, Pat Clayton, Paula Eisenrich, Julie Eriksen, Emily Leslie, Nikki Nichols, Rosalyn Schiller
  • Altos: Donna Austin, Meta Chessin, Martha Cohen, Mary Giordano, Wendy Zieve
  • Tenors: Doug Balcom, Jeff Carter
  • Basses: Steve Bauck, Stephen Ernst, Dean Grainger, Wakil Matthews, Dale Rector, Tom Sharp, Straton Spyropoulos
  • Photography: Miriam Blau
  • Audio production: Charles Hiestand
  • Video production: Doug Balcom
  • Watch now: on YouTube

6. Songs of Compassion

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

  • Composition: Nina Simone, the great Black jazz and blues singer and virtuoso pianist, says to us now in one line from this song, “I wish you could know what it means to be me.”
  • Singers: Seattle Peace Chorus
  • Soloists: Martha Baskin, Michelle Lewis, and special guest singer Tanisha Brooks
  • Audio and video production: Doug Balcom
  • The overwhelming desire of all people is to be heard, to have their story known and appreciated, to have others somehow know what it has been like for them to walk through this life, for better or for worse. This brings us together AND BRIDGES our differences.
  • Credits: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  • Watch now: on YouTube

How Can I Keep from Singing/credits

  • Composition: Robert Wadsworth Lowry
  • Director: Frederick N. West
  • The “Freedom Rings” Seattle Peace Chorus bell choir: Donna Austin, Julie Eriksen, Lila Henderson, Emily Leslie, Nikki Nichols, Sue Hurley Rector, Tom Sharp
  • Audio and video production: Doug Balcom
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Peaceful Communication

Please take a look at the February 2021 issue of our Peace & Justice newsletter.

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

Working for Peace and Justice

During these times of contagion, when singing together can exacerbate the risk for everyone, Seattle Peace Chorus is planning to work for peace and justice in new and creative ways.

“If a choir is only about singing and performing - there will be no choir for a while. If choir is about teaching and learning, growing, connecting, community, cultural exploration and transmission, and innovating - we will find a way to have choir.” — Kellie Walsh, President of Choral Canada

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Membership in Seattle Peace Chorus

Singing together, in concert halls and during marches and demonstrations, has always been a part of how Seattle Peace Chorus promotes messages of peace and justice, but membership in Seattle Peace Chorus has always meant more than singing together. Help us in these times to continue to reach out to change people’s hearts and minds.

Your regular dues as a member of Seattle Peace Chorus entitle you to participate in all our activities without further fees. If you choose not to become a regular member of Seattle Peace Chorus, however, you may pay a modest fee to offset the cost of hiring technicians and musicians to bring virtual experiences to fruition.

If you have not previously joined as a member of Seattle Peace Chorus, to sign up to participate please fill out an audition request form and tell us how you’d like to participate.

Members past and present may sign up by contacting us at info@seattlepeacechorus.org.

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We urge everyone to support organizations that promote peace, protect our planet, and fight for the underprivileged. See this list of organizations that we support.

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For both singers and listeners, the Seattle Peace Chorus provides a unique choral experience. Our commitment to peace and social justice creates a special bond among members and with our audience.

Our repertoire, reflecting our multi-cultural, multi-national focus, ranges from spirituals and gospel to Mozart and Beethoven, from South African freedom songs to the original works of our director Fred West.

Performances often include an exciting range of instrumentalists from Cuban drummers to chamber orchestras. This rich variety is sustained by our commitment to using a collaborative process for decision making, enabling members to influence repertoire decisions through a committee that any member can join.

In addition to traveling to countries such as the former Soviet Union, Chile, Cuba, and Venezuela, and performing two major concerts a year, we support peace and community activities by singing at rallies, marches, fundraisers for disaster relief, and similar events.

If our unique approach to choral music appeals to you, consider joining us as a singer, volunteer, or financial supporter—or simply come to our concerts and be inspired.

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Because of the developing SARS-CoV2 virus and the COVID-19 illness that it causes, we urge everyone to be especially careful to take care of yourself and those whom you love.

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We Thank our 2021 Business Sponsors

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Thank you everyone who helps support the Seattle Peace Chorus.