The NorthWest Women’s Chorale’s annual spring concerts will celebrate the vocal music of Johannes Brahms.
At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. in Sequim, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 5, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Lopez Ave., in Port Angeles, the chorale will sing three sets of four songs Brahms wrote for female voices, plus two others.
Brahms being one of the Three B’s of music (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms) is “not for nothing,” director Joy Lingerfelt said. “He is one of the great composers of the Romantic age. I expect these pieces are all being premiered on the Olympic Peninsula in this concert. Many are not aware that Brahms wrote these songs for women’s voices.”
Lingerfelt said the women’s group has had a “beatific” time growing into this music, which was all composed when Brahms was quite young. “The women have worked incredibly well and hard at addressing the demands of the many emotional changes of these pieces, which go from the depths of desperation to the highest ecstasy in music,” she said, adding, “The chorale continues to impress me with its growth. They are all great women.”
Rounding out the program, the NWWC Chorale will reprise some pieces they sang in January when they hosted Port Townsend’s RainShadow Chorale. One of these also features French horn.
The traditional singalong section of the program will hold a special surprise for the audience and, with Lingerfelt, the NWWC collaborative pianist Kristin Quigley-Brye will be playing one of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances for four hands.
Rebekah Cadorette will provide another visual dimension to the concert with her interpretative signing for the deaf. Both venues are handicapped accessible. Tickets are $15 donation at the door.