About our Next Concert

Merry & Bright!

Sponsored by CHI Franciscan

December 15, 2019 |3:00 p.m.

Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center
  • Arrive early to enjoy a pre-concert performance by the Bremerton Youth Jazz Ensemble, directed by Derick Polk.
  • Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols is a lively and challenging piece accompanied by a single harpist that will showcase the women of the Chorale in conjunction with Lyrica, Ladies Choral Ensemble of Puget Sound.
  • The full chorale will join the orchestra in the beautiful French Pavane by Gabriel Fauré, followed by Navidad, a Mexican inspired orchestral piece composed by our very own Maestro Alan Futterman.
  • We then take a detour into a marriage of fantasy and romance in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, before heading back to the familiarity of an American traditional holiday with composer Leroy Anderson’s nostalgic piece, A Christmas Festival.
  • The Chorale will join the orchestra once more for a traditional Jewish hymn, Rock of Ages, arranged by Alan Futterman and the grand finale of Rimsky Korsakov’s exciting Christmas Eve, depicting a sleigh ride through a Russian landscape with a jubilant choral Polonaise.

The Program

BRITTEN
A Ceremony of Carols

A Ceremony of Carols,Op. 28, is a choral piece by Benjamin Britten, scored for three-part treble chorus, solo voices, and harp. Written for Christmas, it consists of eleven movements, with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, edited by Gerald Bullett. “

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FAURÉ
Pavane

“The Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50, is a pavane by the French composer Gabriel Fauré written in 1887. It was originally a piano piece, but is better known in Fauré’s version for orchestra and optional chorus.” 

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FUTTERMAN
Navidad

Listen to a sample of this delightful Mexican inspired piece!

TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, TH 42, ČW 39, is an orchestral work composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is styled an Overture-Fantasy, and is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name.”

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ANDERSON
A Christmas Festival

“Composed for orchestra, A Christmas Festival was completed June 1950. It is 9 minutes exactly in its original version. It is 5 minutes and 45 seconds long in its shortened printed version. It was first performed on June 12, 1950 as an extra at the Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler conducting.”

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TRADITIONAL, ARRANGED BY FUTTERMAN
Rock of Ages

“”Ma’oz Tzur” (Hebrew: מָעוֹז צוּר Māʾōz Ṣūr) is a Jewish liturgical poem or piyyut. It is written in Hebrew, and is sung on the holiday of Hanukkah, after lighting the festival lights. The name is a reference to the Hasmonean stronghold of Beth-zur.”

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Christmas Eve Polonaise

Christmas Eve (Russian: Ночь перед РождествомNoch’ pered Rozhdestvom), is an opera in four acts with music and libretto by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Composed between 1894 and 1895, Rimsky-Korsakov based his opera on a short story, “Christmas Eve”, from Nikolai Gogol’s Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka.”

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Featured Artists

Soren Grier – Harpist
Devon Steel – Soprano
Carly Ann Worden – Soprano

The Venue

Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center is a patron favorite. It features auditorium seating. The view and sound is perfect no matter where you decide to sit!

Make it an Evening

Whether you’re traveling to Bremerton from North Kitsap or have ridden across on one of the Washington State Ferries, you’ll be able to find a restaurant or pub to satisfy any appetite and budget. If you venture out toward downtown and the ferry terminal, chances are you’ll see other concertgoers making an evening of it. Check out our list of local favorites.

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