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Tag: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Chorus


Two passionate choral Valentines: from Seattle’s Pro Musica at Trinity Lutheran and from Tacoma Symphony Chorus at Slavonian Hall, Old Town

TSO Chorus conductor Geoffrey Boers in action. Courtesy image.
TSO Chorus conductor Geoffrey Boers in action. Courtesy image.

Want to get some Valentine’s Day credit in advance? Then take your honey to hear some passionate choral music this weekend, sung on Sunday by visiting Seattle choir Pro Musica in Parkland’s Trinity Lutheran and on Tuesday by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Chorus at Slavonian Hall, Old Town.

First, Pro Musica: Conducted by the choir’s director Karen Thomas, the 40-year-old choir will sing love songs by Samuel Barber, madrigals by Morten Lauridsen, and the premiere of Thomas’ own setting of “Wild Nights,” a more-than-suggestive poem by Emily Dickinson. Expect lush contemporary and neo-Romantic harmonies in the church’s resonant acoustics.

The TSO Chorus concert is in the cozy Slavonian Hall in Old Town, and it’s part of the monthly free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series. Read more »


Faint Fauré but spirited polyphony from Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Chorus at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

As Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Chorus director Geoffrey Boers pointed out before his choir’s concert last Saturday night, venues can create wonderful music. For the TSO Chorus, singing its annual “solo” concert, the soaring arches, carved wood and enormous ceilings of First Presbyterian Church Tacoma offered up a giant playground to explore some of the most beautiful choral music ever written. And while the choir failed to utilize the space in the first half of the program, the second half was one of the most inventive and musical uses of space I’ve ever seen in this town.

The first half

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Critic’s Picks: Schubert at UPS, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Chorus sing Fauré, Freighthouse Square market and Carlos Fuentes at UPS, Tacoma

UPS Schubertiade

Just listed by New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini as history’s fourth most influential composer, Schubert gets a shout-out at a Schubertiade evening performed by University of  Puget Sound faculty including Maria Sampen and Timothy Christie (violin), Joyce Ramee (viola), Duane Hulbert, Tanya Stambuk and Keith Ward (piano). Works by the classical composer who died of typhoid at age 31 include “Auf dem Strom,” Fantasia in C major for violin and piano and the Octet in F major. 7:30 p.m. March 30. $12.30/$8.50/free for UPS students and staff. Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma.

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Critic’s Picks: TSO Chorus sing Mozart Requiem, Click Flick at the Grand, Sumi-e at Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma Third Thursday ArtWalk

TSO chorus sings Mozart’s Requiem

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Mozart’s famous last work and memorial to the dead, the Requiem, in a resonant church setting. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $20. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

Click Flick: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) as he’s pulled out of adventuring retirement to solve a scary Inca mystery involving quicksand, evil talking skulls and more. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The

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