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The Gift to be Simple
Loch Lomond
My Lord What a Mornin'
Nativity
Pilgrims Hymn
Prelude to Peace
She Moved Through the Fair
Shenandoah
You are the New Day


 

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Winter Series - February 2020

Phoenix, by Peter Hallock


image by Mystic Art Design

"The image of the Phoenix rising out of the ashes comes originally from Egyptian mythology but was taken over by the early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ from the dead.  From its opening bars, this work, with its unique combination of instruments and voices, succeeds in transporting both performers and listeners.  Indeed, this transcendence to a "resurrection experience," the essence of this piece, is captured so vividly through the musical medium as the drama of the text unfolds."  [Program notes by Carl Crosier, Honolulu, March 1987]


Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven's Birth (1770-1827)
Beethoven's Song Cycle: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 (To the Distant Beloved.)

Cora Voce is pleased to host our guest artists, Jon Lackey and James Jelasic on our winter program. They will be performing Beethoven's Song Cycle: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 (To the Distant Beloved.) With this song-cycle, Beethoven created one of his most significant musical achievements, a vocal composition which is in no way inferior to any of his major instrumental works. The reviewer of the "Allgemeine Musikalishe Zeitung" recognized the importance of this work when he wrote: "All readers will agree with me when he includes them among the most beautiful songs we have had for many, many years; indeed, it will scarcely be disputed that, especially as regards imagination and feeling, they are among the most beautiful of all we possess." Another music critic wrote: "Here the master has done everything perfectly; when he so desires, not only can he write vocal music as well as anyone else - probably no one would deny this - he can also write for singing, because, apart from a very few passages, it would be impossible to write more flowingly and more suitably for the human voice."

Jon Lackey garners international acclaim for his appearances both on the solo recital stage and as a concert soloist with symphony orchestras. His distinctive voice is a unique blend of both a helden and lyric tenor - a combination that has led critics to refer to Mr. Lackey's voice as having both "penetrating power" and "focused lyricism". In addition to performing, Mr. Lackey is active as a voice teacher and guest lecturer. He taught for ten years on the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College and in his private studio. He was formerly on the music faculty of Pacific Lutheran University and taught music courses as a guest lecturer at the American College in Paris. Mr. Lackey is also currently the Minister of Music at Peace Lutheran Church in West Seattle.

Piano virtuoso, Fulbright Scholar and International Steinway Artist, James Jelasic continues the rich musical heritage established by his maternal grandfather, Jan Nemec, a composer and playwright in Czechoslovakia in the early 1900s. Mr. Jelasic has received critical international acclaim for his appearances with numerous symphony orchestras, as a solo pianist and as a collaborative performer in concert recitals. He has performed for U.S. presidents, foreign heads of state, ambassadors, and royalty. He has taught on the music faculty of Northern Virginia College. Currently residing in metropolitan Seattle, Mr. Jelasic maintains a full schedule as a classical soloist, accompanist/vocal coach, piano tutor, Minister of Music at St. James Episcopal in Kent, and recording artist.


Saturday, February 22, 2020, 7:30 pm
Mason United Methodist Church
2710 N Madison Street
Tacoma, WA


Sunday, February 23, 2020, 3:30 pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church
1725 Porter Street
Enumclaw, WA



Spring Series - March 2020

The Making of the Drum, by Bob Chilcott


image by Paul Zoetemeijer

"In 1984 I was very fortunate to visit Uganda, where a dream maker made me a beautiful drum with a snakeskin head.  I'll never forget sitting in the place to come home and seeing by chance the baggage handlers loading my drum with incredible respect and care.  The drum to them is a living spirit.

The poems I set are a celebration of how that spirit is brought to life.  The piece enacts the ritual of constructing the drum, whose component parts are drawn from the surrounding nature - a nature that gives of itself almost sacrificially.  We hear how the goat is killed for its skin, how the tree, which bleeds cedar-dark when cut, bestows the drum's body, and how the sticks and rattles are taken, all to begin a new life as companions to the gods, music and the dance."  Bob Chilcott


Saturday, March 28, 2020, 7:30 pm
Mason United Methodist Church
2710 N Madison Street
Tacoma, WA

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 3:30 pm
Fox Island United Church of Christ
726 6th Avenue Fi
Fox Island, WA
 

 

2020 Teatro Cora Voce!

A Night in Hollywood!
You Oughta be in Pictures

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:00pm
Temple Theatre (Landmark Convention Center)
Tacoma, WA

"This, our 11th annual gala event, will be an amazing evening of celebrating our mission to: "inspire, enrich and educate."  Wonderful music and entertainment will be provided by members of Cora Voce and special guests.  The evening includes a dinner buffet, both live and silent auctions, plus other opportunities to support Cora Voce. Cocktail attire is recommended for this special event.  Doors will open at 5:30 pm."  Karen Moats, Creative Director.


Teatro 2020 Event Page


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