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Winter Concert Series - 12/7, 12/8 and 12/9

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

The Ballard High School music program returns to its grand tradition of

performing a large-scale choral and orchestral collaboration for its popular, free Winter Concert

Series December 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., with each concert featuring selections from Vivaldi’s


Each concert during the series highlights performances by the award-winning BHS Choirs (Wed.

Dec. 7), BHS Bands (Thurs. Dec. 8) and BHS Orchestras (Fri. Dec. 9). After intermission, the

audience will be dazzled by selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria, performed by the Advanced Chorale,

Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and members of the Wind Ensemble. You won’t want

to miss the biggest night of music of the year!

About Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV 589) (edited from program notes by Peter Carey, Royal Free Singers)

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741), a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist, composed Gloria inVenice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà. The Ospedale, an orphanage for girls, provided quality musical education and had an excellent girls’ choir and orchestra. Gloria is Vivaldi’s most famous choral piece, presenting the traditional Latin Mass in twelve sections. This performance will present 4 movements: No. 1 Gloria in excelsis, No. 3 Laudamus te, No. 7 Domine fili unigenite, and No. 12 Cum sancto spiritu. Gloria exemplifies the energetic, joyful, melodicquality which gives Vivaldi’s music its universal appeal!

Choir concert, Wednesday, Dec. 7 Director of BHS Choirs, Courtney Rowley presents an exciting,

diverse holiday program. The Advanced Chorale will perform Shchedryk, by Ukrainian composer

Mykola Leontovych. This popular piece, known to English-speaking audiences as the "Carol of the Bells" will be performed with the original Ukrainian text. The audience will be treated to several

familiar holiday songs performed by the Chamber Choir, Tenor-Bass Ensemble, Vocal Jazz and

Treble Choir. The Treble Choir will also present Ocho Kandelikas, a Jewish-Sephardic song written in Ladino celebrating Hanukkah. For the finale of the first half, the Concert Choir will perform “All of Us,” an excerpt from the oratorio Considering Matthew Shephard, by celebrated American composer Craig Hella Johnson in response to the 1997 death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepherd. It has been called “by far the most intricate, beautiful and unyielding artistic response to this notorious anti- gay hate crime.”

Band concert, Thursday Dec. 8 Director of Bands, Jay Gillespie has put together a varied program

with beautiful classical and fun contemporary pieces. The classical offerings will include “O

Magnum Mysterium” (arr. by H. Robert Reynolds), “Amazing Grace,” (arr. by Franck Ticheli), and

“Canterbury Suite” (John Tatgenhorst). Contemporary pieces will include “River Of Life,” (Steven

Reineke) and “Eighth Candle, a Prayer and Dance for Hanukkah” (Steve Reisteter).

Audiences will be delighted by familiar holiday songs from A Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman, arr. By Michael Brown), “Christmas Comes But Once a Year,” (B.B. King, arr. by Allen Toussaint) featuring a special guest vocalist, and of course, “Sleigh Ride” (Leroy Anderson). In addition, Eighth Candle, a Prayer and Dance for Hanukkah (Steve Reisteter) celebrates the Jewish holiday tradition while O Magnum Mysterium (arr. by H. Robert Reynolds) originates from a 16 th century text set for Christmas mass.

Orchestra concert, Thursday, Dec. 9 Director of Orchestras Daniel Valdez will lead the

Symphonic Orchestra in a program of beloved winter favorites including the “Waltz of the

Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” (Edvard Grieg, arr. by

Deborah Baker Monday) and Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleeves” (arr. by Deborah Baker

Monday). The Chamber Orchestra will present “From Darkness into Light on Hanukkah” (Itamar

Danzinger), a celebration of Klezmer music. The BHS Fiddlers will perform the Clinch Mountain

Backstep (Ralph Stanley), and Apple Cider Polka (Traditional/Central Canadian). The finale of the

first half will feature the combined orchestras performing the popular favorite “Let it Snow!”

(Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, arr. by Jack Bullock).

Performance details

All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle.


Admission is free. However, for a donation to Ballard Performing Arts, you can reserve seats in

these crowded concerts by purchasing tickets for $25 at


For a taste of what a large-scale choral and orchestra concert is like at Ballard High School, watch this video of the last pre-pandemic choral orchestral collaboration concert in 2019, selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Questions? Contact (206) 252-1000

Karen Clark, Ballard Performing Arts Publicist

Courtney Rowley, Ballard High School Director of Choirs,

Jay Gillespie, Ballard High School Director of Bands

Daniel Valdez, Ballard High School Director of Orchestras

About Ballard Performing Arts

The award-winning Ballard High School Performing Arts Program has gained regional, national, and international acclaim for their dynamic and inspired performances. The Music Department includes three concert bands, one concert choir, two treble choirs, two concert orchestras, percussion ensemble, two jazz bands, one jazz choir, a fiddle ensemble, and multiple chamber ensembles. The Theatre Department offers classes in Technical Theatre, Theatre I and II, and Play Production, while the Ballard Playmakers produce two plays and one musical theatre production each year. Over 400 students – approximately one-fourth of the school – participate in these music and theatre opportunities. Ballard Performing Arts sets a high standard of

excellence for all students, ensembles, and productions while developing individual artistry through the study of high-quality repertoire and exceptional performance opportunities.

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