Our concert season is sure to inspire joy and wonder.
For our complete 2018-19 schedule, including outreach performances, lectures, and other special appearances, visit our full calendar.
This season I’m thrilled to begin my fourth decade with Seattle Pro Musica! It’s been a joy to watch the tremendous growth of the organization over the past 30 years, and to see Seattle Pro Musica become a national leader in the choral world. We have exciting concerts planned for you this season—in December we mark 100 years since the end of WWI with English, French, and German carols in the spirit of the “Christmas truce” which took place in the trenches during the war; in March we present new and traditional music by Asian and Asian-American composers; and May brings thrilling performances of the epic Passion and Resurrection by stellar composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.
It’s going to be an amazing season—please join us!
Karen P. Thomas
Artistic Director and Conductor
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the “war to end all wars.” Our concert is inspired by the Christmas truce in 1914 during which roughly 100,000 English, French, and German troops ceased hostilities to offer holiday greetings, mingle, and even exchange gifts. We celebrate this spirit of peace with carols and holiday music from England, France, and Germany.
December 2018 also marks the 200th anniversary of the creation and premiere of the beloved carol “Silent Night,” written during an era when all of Europe suffered from political upheaval, war, and economic hardship. In 1818, Joseph Mohr brought his original text to organist Franz Xaver Gruber and asked for a simple melody with guitar accompaniment for a Christmas Eve service—the result has since become a timeless expression of light, hope, and solace.
Free pre-concert talks by conductor Karen P. Thomas one hour prior to all performances of Silent Night.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Seattle First Baptist Church – 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Chapel at Bastyr University – 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore
Family Holiday Concert
Bring the whole family for a joyful concert of traditional carols, holiday stories, and an audience sing-along. Students from area schools will join us in this one-hour concert that’s perfect for children and their families!
Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 3:00 pm
The Overlake School - 20301 NE 108th St, Redmond
In March, we celebrate the universal allure of a cappella choral music with a showcase of works by contemporary Asian and Asian-American composers, including the Indian subcontinent. The composers whose works are represented include Hyo-Won Woo, Sungji Hong, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Budi Susanto Yohanes, Victor Paranjoti, and A.R. Rahman. Of these, Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) is probably the most familiar to American audiences for his prolific body of work for film and stage, earning him the nickname “the Mozart of Madras.”
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:30 pm
First Baptist Church - 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church - 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood
passion and resurrection
Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most exciting voices in choral music today, and his Passion and Resurrection is a crowning achievement that has earned him critical raves (“a powerful and impressive piece”, “surely set to become a classic”). This large-scale dramatic work for choir, soprano soloist, and strings will be presented along with Frank Martin’s incomparable Mass for Double Choir, and the world premiere of a new work by Seattle Pro Musica’s conductor, Karen P. Thomas.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 ‐ 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 2019 ‐ 8:00 pm
St. James Cathedral – 9th & Marion, Seattle