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

 CANCELED  - Celebrate Beethoven: Music Overcomes Adversity

Artist: Sandra Dean

The Seattle Peace Chorus is proud to present Celebrate Beethoven: Music Overcomes Adversity to commemorate the 250th year since Beethoven’s 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.

There is much to learn about Beethoven, the life he led, the politics of his day, and what made it possible for him to overcome the most difficult adversity imaginable for a composer—deafness, starting at the age of 29 or 30. The great composer was filled with the spirit of the Enlightenment as embodied in the writings of Rousseau and Votaire. Beethoven fervently believed in democracy, separation of church and state, freedom of expression, and rational truth. Yet he lived in a strict monarchy that was operated like a police state, and he saw Napoléon reject democratic principles to declare himself emperor.

The chorus will sing Beethoven’s Mass in C, the Prisoners’ Chorus from his only opera, Fidelio, and the final movement of Missa Solemnis “Agnus Dei,” which includes the Dona Nobis Pacem, a prayer for peace. In addition, our orchestra and pianists will perform significant instrumental works as we tell the story of Beethoven’s life.

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