Snohomish County’s 90-plus premier vocal choral ensemble, the Everett Chorale, will perform Saint-Saëns's Christmas Oratorio and a selection of bell-themed holiday favorites for this year's ever-popular holiday concerts at the Everett Performing Arts Center on December 5 at 7:30 p.m. and December 6 at 3 p.m.
Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio (Oratorio de Noël) was written in 1858 when he was just 23. The Oratorio opening prelude sets the scene for the Christmas story: its lilting pastoral quality creates images of the shepherds tending their flocks in the fields. In the remaining movements, vocal soloists represent different characters, such as the narrator of the story, while the chorus represents a multitude of angels. The final movement of the piece, which follows the tradition of French Christmas songs, is a virtual hymn of praise of all creation in the presence of God. The Chorale’s performance of this classic Christmas Oratorio will include solos by members of the choir. The second half of the concert will feature traditional holiday favorites and a handbell choir. Pieces include Sleigh Ride, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Over the River and Through the Woods, and an arrangement of Jingle Bells by Ray Charles.
For tickets call the Everett Performing Arts Center (EPAC) at 425-257-8600 or toll free 1-888-257-3722 or visit the box office at 2710 Wetmore Avenue in downtown Everett between 11 AM and 7 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Ticket prices are: Adult $16 and Senior/Student/Military $14. Special discounts for groups are available.
The Everett Chorale is comprised of singers from Everett and surrounding communities. In addition to performances at EPAC, the Chorale will sing the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at the November 18 Silvertips hockey game, at the Festival of Trees (December 2 at Comcast Arena), and on the Argosy Christmas Ship (December 7 from Edmonds to Richmond Beach). On March 14, the Chorale will perform Mozart’s Requiem in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.