For many music lovers the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without Handel’s beloved oratorio, perhaps the best-known and most frequently performed choral work in Western music. Described as a commentary on Christ’s nativity, passion, resurrection and ascension, Messiah is performed around the world during the Christmas season and at Easter as well.
Seven years ago, the Bainbridge Chorale hosted the first Messiah sing-along to be produced on the Island, and has continued the tradition annually ever since, bringing together professional soloists, a talented volunteer instrumental ensemble, enthusiastic singers and listeners in a joyful community event. We are delighted to announce that we will be joined this year by soloists Susy Wingate, soprano, Stacey Sunde, mezzo, Matthew Blegen, tenor, and Eric Blegen, bass.
Chorale Artistic Director Michael Austin Miller will lead participants through the well-known choruses, and a few of the less familiar ones as well, giving a little extra attention to the hard parts, If you’re not as familiar with the score, there will be plenty of experienced singers in attendance to help carry everyone through the music. We invite everyone to join us, whether this is your first or fiftieth Messiah.
Proceeds from this event help support the two Bainbridge Chorale youth programs, the Olympic Girls’ Choir and the Bainbridge Youth Chorale.
Bring your own score if you have one. If not, a limited number of scores will be available at the door to borrow for the evening.
Admission: $10 donation at the door, children 13 and under free
Sunday, December 27, 7:00 pm
Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Dr
In their first ever joint performance, the Olympic Girls’ Choir and the Bainbridge Youth Chorale join forces to present a variety of songs of the season.
Hear The Bells Ring!
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.
Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted.
Bethany Lutheran Church
7968 Finch Rd NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
This holiday season the Chorale spans the continents with music from many cultures and traditions, among them Brazil, Ireland, Canadian Huron, Jamaica,and Africa, finishing with a hilarious musical spoof of The Twelve Days of Christmas. We’re also excited to perform Director Miller’s recent composition, Virga Jesse Floruit, a tenderly meditative setting of medieval text depicting the birth of Christ, from a collection of Gregorian chants.
We are delighted that once again we will be joined by the young women of the Olympic Girls’ Choir in a rousing presentation of the opening sequence music from the movie “Frozen”, based on the traditional chant of the Sami people of Scandinavia and Russia.
The Family Holiday Concert is a one-hour, family-friendly presentation of much of the same repertoire, and will include an appearance of our youngest singers, the Bainbridge Youth Chorale, directed by Youth Chorale Artistic Director Matthew Blegen.
Join us for the holidays as we begin our year-round exploration of music from around the world!
Family Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 12, 3:30 p.m.
Children 13 and under: free admission for one child accompanied by a paying adult, $5 per additional child
All children must be ticketed, including those admitted free
Seniors (62+), students, military and teachers: $10
General admission: $15
Bainbridge Chorale Concerts
Saturday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 3:00 p.m.
Children 5 and under: $5
Students, military and teachers: $15
Seniors (62+): $20
General admission: $23
Venue, all concerts:
Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Dr, NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
During the 2015-16 season the Chorale will explore music of the world, originating in and reflecting cultures ranging from Africa, South America, the British Isles, Scandinavia and others. Join us to celebrate “One World, Many Voices”. Our holiday concert, Sing Noël! will be on December 12 & 13, and the spring concert, titled Earth Songs, will be performed on April 23 & 24.
According to research reviewed by Chorus America, the national advocacy organization for choral music, “Participating in a chorus can have a transformative effect on a child’s academic achievement and overall well-being.” The Chorale is committed to encouraging a life-long love of singing by offering youth programs that provide choral education and performance opportunities, including the Bainbridge Youth Chorale, serving children in grades Pre-K to 1 and 2-4. The Bainbridge Youth Chorale provides classes in beginning choral singing skills, music theory and vocal technique in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Both class levels perform in recitals, and the senior group of the Youth Chorale participates in the Family Holiday concert along with the adult Chorale as well.
The Youth Chorale is under the direction of the talented and energetic Matthew Blegen, who in addition to his duties with the Youth Chorale, holds positions with the esteemed Seattle-based chorus Choral Arts and directs his own choir, the Red Thread Ensemble. He is currently finishing work for a doctoral degree in music at the University of Washington.
Following a successful inaugural season, the Olympic Girls’ Choir enters its second year under the baton of Artistic Director Laura Milleson. Serving girls ages nine to fourteen residing on Bainbridge Island and in the Kitsap area, OGC provides a transformative experience through high-quality, diverse choral music education which emphasizes teamwork, encourages self-discipline, and fosters a deep commitment to artistic excellence. Along with music theory, sight reading, vocal technique and ensemble singing, the girls learn to be musicians in the context of a choir community. Repertoire is varied, ranging from traditional choral literature to current favorites, with each session culminating in a concert. As well, singers will perform in the adult Chorale holiday concert. Membership in OGC is by audition.
Auditions for the Fall 2015 class session are now closed. Spring 2016 auditions will be held in January, date TBA.
All auditions are held in Classroom 1 at Rolling Bay Hall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-780-2467 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, or to schedule an audition appointment, go to the Join page, e-mail email@example.com, or call 206-780-2467.
Auditions for the Fall 2015 session are now closed. Spring 2016 auditions will be held in January, 2016, date TBA.
Woodward Middle School
9125 Sportsman Club Rd NE
Bainbridge Island 98110
Many thanks to our sponsors who support our productions, operations and outreach activities:
Rotary of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Community Foundation, Fletcher Bay Foundation, One Call for All, Sohn Real Estate Group and Sound Family Health
We are happy to announce that we are partnering with the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation district for our youth programs.