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FALL 2022 

November 05 at 8:00 p.m.  &  November 06 at 5:00 p.m.
Church of the Assumption, Bellingham 98225

Wings

We open our 2022-2023 season with a program filled with music inspired by literal and figurative wings. For something that we lack, wings have always been a source of fascination for human beings. In the natural world, wings are the means to flight, all
the more desirable to us earthbound. Through millennia and ancient cultures - from the creation of the world by the Universal Architect through the motion of his winged arms, the winged protective gods in ancient Egypt, the symbol of the sun and regeneration in pre-Columbian cultures, the Greek god Hermes with winged heels, a symbol of the traveler and the messenger of dreams, of impulse, of movement, to the Christian tradition of angels as the expression of the winged spirit - wings symbolize lightness, spirituality, the possibility of flying and rising to heaven. It expresses the soul's aspiration to transcend the human condition.

Featuring the Renaissance masterpiece of polyphony that is "Archangel Gabriel Mass" by G. P. Palestrina (1525-2594) for the Feast of the Annunciation where Archangel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary that she would conceive the son of God. We also present "The Blue Bird" by Charles Stanford, "The Bee" by Frank Bridge, "Blackbird" by The Beatles arranged by Daryl Runswick, "Goodnight My Angel" by Billy Joel arranged by Philip Lawson, and "Paraiso" by Ryan Cayabyab arranged by Christopher Borela.  Join us as we explore divine and earthly manifestations of wings!

WINTER 2023 

March 18 at 8:00 p.m.  &  March 19 at 5:00 p.m.  
Church of the Assumption, Bellingham 98225

MOZART'S REQUIEM
Transcribed by Carl Czerny
for Soloists, Choir, and Four Hands Piano
 

Heather Dudenbostel, Soprano

Kathryn Weld, Mezzo Soprano

Dr. Stephen Rumph, Tenor

Dr. Richard Hodges, Bass

Emily Gantt and Rhonda Kline, Pianists

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We offer a unique and rarely performed interpretation of Mozart's Requiem transcribed for soloists, choir, and four hands piano by Austrian composer and piano pedagogue Carl Czerny (1791-1857). We explore the drama and richness of Mozart's choral and vocal writing akin to his operatic works. Here, the artistry of the Bellingham Chamber Chorale singers and guest soloists are highlighted solely by the orchestral textures of Czerny's innovative creation of four hands piano. Join us at winter's end to reflect and marvel at the beauty of the Requiem Mass --- a celebration of life and the afterlife. 

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A COLLABORATION with Bellingham Symphony Orchestra and Western Washington University Choirs

February 26 at 3:00 p.m.                                                                  Mount Baker Theater, Bellingham 98225

SPRING 2023 

June 10 at 8:00 p.m.  &  June 11 at 5:00 p.m.                                Church of the Assumption, Bellingham 98225

Let Me Tell You

Have you ever felt or experienced something so amazing that you just had to tell someone about it? Let us tell you our reflections on the joy and bliss of existence, the ineffable beauty of creation, and that dimension where the Divine energy, the cosmos, and the human heart and spirit converge. 

 

 

"Let Me Tell You" ends our season on June 10 and 11 with Johann Sebastian Bach's virtuosic motet, "Singet dem Herrn," with a small instrumental ensemble. We also perform Hubert Parry's "I Was Glad" for choir and organ, "Let My Love Be Heard" by Jake Runestad, and "We Beheld Again the Stars" by Randall Stroope. We round up with the hauntingly beautiful Icelandic hymn "Heyr, Himna Smiður" arranged for choir and instruments by Dr. Mabalot. 

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1901 Cornwall Avenue #395

Bellingham, WA 98227

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