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Welcome to our wonderful 2014-15 season: one of holiday enchantments, choral-orchestral
power and passion, and concluding with a human light on our world.


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Adult $20, Senior/Student $15
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War & Peace (with Philharmonia Northwest)
Haydn: Mass in Time of War
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30pm – Meany Hall, Seattle

Join Kirkland Choral Society and Philharmonia Northwest for our third annual collaborative concert of choral-orchestral masterworks in the splendid acoustics of Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus.

War & Peace features two of choral music’s finest paeans to peace in the midst of European turmoil. Haydn’s masterful Missa in Tempore Belli (“Mass in Time of War”) was composed in 1796, when Austria had suffered a string of defeats to the young Napoleon. Trumpet fanfares and the rumble of timpani are suggestive of the struggle that lay ahead. Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (“Grant Us Peace”) was composed 140 years later, when Europe was again hurtling into war (later to become World War II). Vaughan Williams had already seen terrible bloodshed as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War I; Dona Nobis Pacem was his passionate plea for peace, its text drawn primarily from powerfully evocative poetry written by Walt Whitman during another bloody conflict, the American Civil War. Though Dona Nobis Pacem did not alter the course of historical events, this epic work nobly stands today as a caution and reminder to us all.

Come experience with us the soul-stirring power and passion of these two great works, brought to full realization by 95 voices and full orchestra. KCS Artistic Director Dr. Glenn Gregg and Philharmonia Northwest Music Director Dr. Julia Tai conduct.

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Folk Music from Around the World

Friday, May 15, 2015, 7:30pm – First United Methodist Church, Seattle
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 3:00pm – Bastyr University Chapel, Kenmore

Join us for a varied and exciting assortment of folk songs gathered from around the world!

Buy Tickets – Friday, May 15, 2015, 7:30pm

Buy Tickets – Sunday, May 17, 2015, 3:00pm

Adult $20, Senior/Student $15
Sellouts can occur; please buy your tickets early

Prior Performances this Season
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A Menagerie of Festive & Fantastical Songs for the Holidays

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, 7:30pm – First United Methodist Church, Seattle
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, 3:00pm – Bastyr University Chapel, Kenmore

Join KCS as we welcome the holidays with an enchanting and playful concert celebrating the mystery, awe, and humility of the season.
For centuries, composers have been inspired by the beautiful O Magnum Mysterium text depicting the birth of Jesus among lowly animals. In this concert, KCS features perhaps the two most famous 20th century settings of this text (by Daniel Pinkham and Morten Lauridsen) and surrounds them with all manner of musical depictions of animals.

Come and be delighted by tributes to not only the cows and sheep, but also the panther, canary, firefly, eel, and kangaroo. Round out the experience with a dose of holiday favorites, including Bob Chilcott’s brilliant setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas, with its clever homage to a variety of musical genres—classical, gospel, rock, and blues. For many in our audience this concert is a favorite holiday tradition.