Monday, October 29, 2007

Free holiday concerts to brighten City Hall and Seattle Municipal Tower

Free holiday concerts to brighten City Hall and Seattle Municipal Tower
December performances include medieval choral music, Latin jazz, festive carols and more

SEATTLE — From medieval choral music to Latin Jazz, the Seattle Presents concerts series will bring good tidings and great music to City Hall and the Seattle Municipal Tower with six holiday-themed performances, noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 to 20. Tuesday concerts will take place at Seattle Municipal Tower. Thursday performances will take place at City Hall.

The performances are part of the free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series presented year round by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit or call (206) 684-7171. Concerts at Seattle Municipal Tower are presented in partnership with the city's Fleets and Facilities Department.

City Hall Lobby, 600 Fourth Avenue

Bobby Medina Quartet, Thursday, December 6
Celebrated trumpeter Bobby Medina has toured with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Mel Torme, The Four Tops and The Temptations. His new show combines flavors of jazz and Latin music in a style he calls "Jazztec." "Bobby's trumpet playing is flawless!" raves Jim Wilke of KPLU 88.5 FM. The performance is presented in partnership with the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens.

Medieval Women's Choir, Thursday, December 13
Guest conductor Nancy Zylstra leads the choir in a program of 15th century English music including festive carols with intricate rhythms punctuated by the lush harmonies of Lionel Power and John Dunstable, two celebrated English composers of the period.

Northwest Chamber Chorus, Thursday, December 20
The chamber chorus celebrates its 40th anniversary season singing a holiday program of motets by composers Sch├╝tz, Scheidt, Palestrina, Poulenc and Grieg, plus beautiful arrangements of traditional favorites, including "Silent Night," "Deck the Halls" and "What Cheer!"

Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue

The Dickens Carolers, Tuesday, December 4
A cappella holiday favorites from ladies and gents adorned in Victorian attire of tailcoats, top hats and velvet dresses singing traditional and contemporary melodies in four-part harmony.

Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra, Tuesday, December 11
Holiday favorites and selections from Tschaikovsky, Handel and Vaughn Williams performed by some of Ballard's best young artists.

Windsong, Tuesday, December 18
This festive flute and string trio rings in the season with classical flair and holiday favorites.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in and of communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

(from city of seattle)

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