pacific voices

choral music by Asian and Asian American composers

We celebrate cultural influences on the Pacific Northwest with choral music from the Asian and Asian American communities.

What’s interesting about this concert:

  • The choir will sing in Balinese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and English. And if you count one-word songs, you can add Latin (Alleluia) and Hebrew (Shalom)! We worked with diction coaches for all of the languages. Check out the program notes and list of repertoire.

  • Before each performance, we will hold a lively panel discussion with members of the local arts community about representation in the world of classical choral music. Learn more about our guest panelists.

  • The program itself was suggested by board and choir member Hannah Won; not only is the music artistically excellent, but this concert serves as a way to acknowledge the growing number of Asian Americans among our choir members and leadership.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Seattle First Baptist Church

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood

Listen to select excerpts from the program:

Papanok a Lakitan
Nilo Alcala (Philippines, b. 1978)

Based on a chant from the region of Maguindanao in the Southern Philippines. Evokes the sound of Kulintang (tuned gongs, similar to gamelan). Sung in Maguindanaon.

Leron, Leron Sinta
Traditional Filipino song, arr. by Saunder Choi (b. 1988)

Based on “My Dear, Little Leron,” a popular Filipino folk song from the Tagalog region. Sung in Tagalog.

Budi Susanto Yohanes (Indonesia, b. 1979)

A traditional Balinese dance, sung by youths while they dance together during evening parties. Evokes the Balinese instrumental ensemble known as gamelan. Sung in Balinese.

Accessibility at our venues:

Seattle First Baptist Church is accessible for those with mobility issues - they may enter via the glass doors on Harvard (between Seneca and Spring) to use the elevator; there is also a passenger drop-off zone located just outside these doors. Once the choir has completed warmups in the sanctuary, the ramp from the parking lot on Seneca and Boylston may be used by any who need it and have tickets in hand.  

Trinity Lutheran Church is accessible for those with mobility issues - the church is on the same level as the large parking lot, and there is a passenger drop-off zone with a ramp located just outside the main doors. 

Free tickets for furloughed government employees.

Following the lead of our colleagues at the Seattle Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and many others, we are offering free tickets to all furloughed Federal employees for our Pacific Voices and Passion and Resurrection concerts. You deserve continued access to a full and vibrant creative life even as you make sacrifices. Thank you.

Each Federal employee is eligible to receive a pair of general admission tickets per concert, based on availability, with a valid government ID. Please call 206-781-2766 or email us to reserve your tickets in advance.