Seattle Peace Chorus presents:
Freedom Rings: Get out the vote!

  • Jason Turner, soloist, “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  • “Let America Be America Again” – musical setting of the poetry of Langston Hughes & other songs inviting all citizens to open their hearts and participate in our democracy.
  • Jimi Malary, baritone soloist, and Sondra Segundo, Haida soloist, “Let America Be America Again”
  • Chris Daigre, renown African-American dancer
  • The Courage Ensemble, with Reverend Dr. Kelle Brown, soloist, Emmy Ulmer on timpani, and guest conductor Kenya Léger
  • Shades of Praise Choir, directed by Kent Stevenson
  • Gretchen Yanover on cello
  • and more

Scroll down for our program and links to other materials while you wait.


At 5:45 pm PDT this evening (Saturday) and tomorrow evening (Sunday), a link will appear below to direct you to our premiere concert on YouTube. We encourage you after that time to try the link, making sure that you can view and hear the concert, then to return here for the concert program, our October “Peace & Justice” newsletter, and view the videos that we have already released. The concert program is after the countdown image below.

This show is free, but if you would be willing to support our work, please donate what you would pay for a ticket: $10, $15, $20, or $25. Your donation is tax deductible; Seattle Peace Chorus is a 501C-3 nonprofit organization.

Thank you!

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  • Yvonne Brandon
  • Dale Rector and Sue Hurley Rector
  • Nikki Nichols
  • Rosalyn Schiller
  • Wakil David Matthews

Program: Freedom Rings: Get out the vote!

Our concert features 10 numbers, with no intermission. After Sunday, individual numbers will be on YouTube and linked from this program. This concert was produced by the Seattle Peace Chorus with artistic director Frederick N. West, in collaboration with Kent Stevenson.

A Change Is Gonna Come

  • Song by Sam Cooke
  • Soloist: Jason Turner
  • Piano accompaniment: Kent Stevenson
  • Video production: Doug Balcom

We Shall Be Known by the Company We Keep

  • Song by Karisha Longaker of MaMuse
  • Tenor soloist: Doug Balcom
  • Soprano soloist: Miriam Blau
  • Audio production: Dr. Charles Hiestand
  • Video production: Doug Balcom

Narrative - A Vision of the Heart of America

  • Written by Frederick N. West
  • Readers: Frederick N. West, Martha Baskin, Lila Henderson
  • Background music: “Hold the Space,” composed and performed by Gretchen Yanover
  • Audio and video production: Liz Douthitt Sharp

All Good People

  • Song by Ian and Eric Hölljes of Delta Rae
  • Arranger: Lisa Forkish
  • Ensemble direction: Doug Balcom
  • Basses: Wakil Matthews, Markos Weiss
  • Altos: Michelle Lewis, Claire Sanders, Kris Zawisza
  • Tenor: Doug Balcom
  • Soprano: Martha Baskin, Miriam Blau, Pat Clayton
  • Audio and video production: Doug Balcom
  • #SayTheirNames:
    • Sharonda Colman-Singleton, 45
    • Cynthia Hurd, 54
    • Susie Jackson, 87
    • Ethel Lance, 70
    • Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
    • Clementa Pinckney, 41
    • Tywanza Sanders, 26
    • Daniel Simmons, 74
    • Myra Thompson, 59
    • Emmett Till, 14
    • Medgar Evers, 37
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. 39
    • Fred Hampton, 21
    • Elton Hayes, 17
    • Sharon Walker, 33
    • Ricky Byrdsong, 43
    • Kathryn Johnston, 92
    • Deaunta Farrow, 12
    • Aiyana Stanley-jones, 7
    • Trayvon Martin, 17
    • Gabriel Winzer, 25
    • Eric Garner, 43
    • Michael Brown, 18
    • Tamir Rice, 12
    • Sandra Bland, 28
    • Che Taylor, 47
    • Alton Sterling, 37
    • Philando Castile, 32
    • Charleena Lyles, 30
    • Botham Jean, 26
    • Dominique Clayton, 32
    • Ahmaud Arbery, 25
    • Breonna Taylor, 26
    • George Floyd, 46
    • Jonathan Price, 31

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

  • Folk song based on the traditional song, “Gospel Plow”
  • Performed by guest choir Shades of Praise:
    • Yvonne Brandon
    • Raedene Copeland
    • Carole Crowder
    • KT Fajardo
    • Sara Jane Johnson
    • Terri Lawrence
    • Kena Legér
    • John Lewis
    • Dave Tawatao
    • Russell Salazar
  • Conductor: Michael Allen
  • Drums: Joseph Phillips
  • Piano, arrangement, and direction: Kent Stevenson
  • Audio and video production: Orlando Morales, Dr. Charles Hiestand

Women’s Vote

On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment granting American women the right to vote.

  • Video presentation by Liz Douthitt Sharp
  • “The March of the Women” by Cecily Hamilton and Ethyl Smyth, performed by Seattle Peace Chorus
  • “Daughters of Freedom! The Ballot be Yours” by Edwin Christie
  • Additional music based on theme of “Daughters of Freedom,” by Liz Douthitt Sharp
  • Dedicated to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Bridges Not Walls

  • Song by Doug Balcom
  • Performed by Seattle Peace Chorus, directed by Frederick N. West
  • Soloist: Doug Balcom
  • Pianist: Tom Bell
  • Congas: Ernesto Pediangco
  • Text by Dale Rector
  • Video production: Liz Douthitt Sharp

Narration of “Let America Be America Again”

  • Poem by Langston Hughes
  • Introduction: Angela Castenda
  • Piano background: arranged and performed by Kent Stevenson
  • Speakers in order of appearance:
    • Kenya Léger, as the poet Langston Hughes
    • Ayanna Eagan
    • Lester Pearson
    • Rosalyn Schiller
    • James Adams
    • James Adams II
    • Christopher Adams
    • Torito Keoni LeBord
    • Philip Villanueva
    • Cleven Ticeson
    • Sharon Dobie
    • Judith Hightower
    • Kent Stevenson
    • Dave Tawatao
    • Teotha Dennard
    • Helena Stephens
  • Musical backdrop: Kent Stevenson
  • Producer: Kent Stevenson
  • Video production: Doug Balcom

Let America Be America Again

  • Poetry of Langston Hughes set to music by Frederick N.West
  • Performed by Seattle Peace Chorus, directed by Frederick N. West
  • Choreography and dancing: Chris Daigre
  • Baritone soloists: Jimi Malary, Jason Turner
  • Alto soloist: Haida singer Sondra Segundo
  • Musicians:
    • Trumpet: Rudy Harper, Matthew Swihart
    • Horn: Eric Bramwell
    • Trombone: Greg Powers
    • Tuba: Nate Lee
    • Oboe: Rosemary Bell
    • Percussion: Indy Correa, Diego Coy
    • Timpani: Katie Hurst
  • Audio production and mastering: Dr. Charles Hiestand
  • Video production and image compilation: Doug Balcom

Courage My Soul

  • Virtual choir presentation of “The Storm Is Passing Over”
  • Song by Charles Albert Tindley - Gospel tune by Donald Vails
  • Arranger: Kent Stevenson
  • Additional lyrics and timpani part by Frederick N. West
  • Performed by the Seattle Peace Chorus and friends, along with the Courage Ensemble
  • Soloist: Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown
  • Pianist: Kent Stevenson
  • Timpanist: Emmy Ulmer
  • Co-producer: Kent Stevenson
  • Audio production: Dr. Charles Hiestand
  • Video production: Doug Balcom
  • Presented in memory of the late, great civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis

Our Right to Vote

Please take a look at the October 2020 issue of our Peace & Justice newsletter.

Seattle Peace Chorus receives support for this concert from:

Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions Washington State Arts Commission National Endowment for the Arts Seattle Office of Arts & Culture King County 4 Culture

Everything below here is our working draft of the concert.

Land Acknowledgement, Tom Sharp

  • 30 seconds
  • Welcome. I am Tom Sharp, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe and board member of Seattle Peace Chorus. We acknowledge that we have produced this concert on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.
  • See
  • Download:
  • Download (Fred thought I should tame my wild mane):

1. Solo Voice - Jason Turner - A Change Is Gonna Come

  • Jason Turner sings “A Change Is Gonna Come,” with Kent Stevenson on piano
  • Song by Sam Cooke
  • 3 minutes

2. “We Shall Be Known by the Company We Keep”

  • Lyrics and composition by MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) - We should get permission from MaMuse:
  • “what a time to be alive in this great turning we shall learn to lead with love”
  • Doug and Miriam - duet
  • 3 minutes

3. Fred’s narrative about the heart of America

  • Written and spoken by Fred, Martha Baskin, and Lila.
  • In the background, Gretchen Yanover plays “Hold the Space” on cello
  • 4.5 minutes
  • Download: VisionOfAmerica.mp4

4. All Good People - small ensemble

composed by Delta Rae, arranged by Lisa Forkish
  • ( note: I could use some help getting the composer’s permission)
  • Basses: Wakil David Mathews, Markos Weis
  • Altos: Kris Zawisca, Claire Sanders, Alicia Henson
  • Tenors: Doug Balcom-Jeff Carter
  • Sopranos: Michelle Lewis, Martha Baskin, Miriam Blau, Pat Clayton

5. Keep Your Eye on the Prize

  • Guest choir - Shades of Praise [Note: They will be producing this on their own and getting it to us]
  • 5 minutes
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize (Pete Seeger, 1963):

6. Liz Douthitt Sharp presents- 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment

  • dedicated women succeed in their long and difficult struggle to gain the vote
  • 11 minutes

Downloads: WomensVoteTitled.mp4

7. Bridges Not Walls

  • SW states tour-photo essay
  • narrative by Dale Rector-to be shown in script -not spoken
  • we need our best recording of Doug’s iconic song
  • Bridges Not Walls by Doug Balcom. Soloist Doug Balcom
  • 5 minutes
  • Download this final version: Bridges.mp4

8. Narration of “Let America Be America Again”

  • will be speakers from Shades of Praise and Martha Baskin
  • Kenya Léger is featured as the Poet -Langston Hughes
  • they will provide this
  • 2007 reading
  • 4 minutes

9. “Let America Be America Again”

  • Poetry of Langston Hughes set to music by Frederick N.West
  • Shades of Praise will read the entire poem by Langston Hughes
  • solo voices of Jason Turner, Jimi Malary, and Sondra Segundo
  • Title Description Actions
    LABAA.pdf Let America Be America Again, choral score View
  • please take note of these instructions here:
    • we will begin singing virtually from bar 61 to bar 116 recording will then play from 117 to down beat of 142 (on the MP3 this is all from 3’48” to 8’28”)
    • then we entirely skip ahead to bar 343-with the recording played until bar 372 the virtual singers come in and sing through to the end along with the recording this is all from 20’55” to 28’33” ( the end)
    • about 13 minutes-greatest hits version-tomorrow we will listen to this edited version. This will also feature some choreography by Chris Daigre
  • Rough cut for part 1, and our 2 excerpts from the 2007 performance:
  • The full 2007 recording: Let America Be America Again

10. “Courage my Soul”

  • from the Courage my Soul Project featuring the Seattle Peace Chorus and the Courage Ensemble
  • Soloist - Reverend Dr. Kelle Brown
  • pianist Kent Stevenson
  • conductor-Kenya Léger
  • Timpani -Emmy Ulmer
  • a virtual production, titled “Courage My Soul,” our version of Charles Albert Tindley’s composition, “The Storm Is Passing Over,” arranged by Kent Stevenson, and with lyrics by Tindley and Frederick N. West, in collaboration with the Courage Ensemble led by Kent Stevenson
  • 8’30” minutes

12. Amazing Grace played on our new handbells

At this time, delivery of the bells on time is doubtful. This could become an independent project.

  • 2 minutes recorded in these segments
    C  F     A -ma-
    A G F A    - zing Grace
    G F    D  C    How sweet , the sound
    C F      that saved
    A G F A    a  soul 
    G A C  C    like Me
    A C  A C  A   F    I once was lost
    C D  F F  D C    But now I’m Found
    C  F                was Blind
    A G F A            but now  
    G  F                  I see
    6 bells
  • honoring Black Lives of 2020
    • the Amaud Aubrey bell low C
    • the George Floyd bell F
    • the Sandra Bland bell A
    • the Jacob Blake bell G
    • the Breonna Taylor bell D
    • the every person bell High C
  • 2 minutes

11. We who believe in Freedom mashup of different SPC singers

Fred is thinking of rolling these during the credits.

Downloads: David, Nikki, Dale and Sue, Roz.

  • 2 minutes

12. Amazing Grace on handbells

Download: AmazingGraceHandbells.mp4

Freedom Rings

60 minutes total, with some additional segue words

so directed by FNW September 2020