Believe: Songs of Faith and Hope

Sonoro Summer 2019 Concert

Sonoro Choral Society presents “Believe: Songs of Faith and Hope” on June 8 and 9 at Steilacoom Community Church. Tickets are $15.00 online here or $17.00 at the door.

See us practicing some of our pieces on our Facebook’s video page or check out our last concerts on our Youtube channel.

“Believe” will feature contemporary art music focused on an exploration of despair and hope featuring pieces by Eriks Esenvalds, Part Uusberg, Kim Andre Arnesen, Richard Nance, and Eric Barnum. Music ranges from Celtic to Gospel and will include a debut by our newest ensemble, Elysium, as well as the first Pacific Northwest performance of “When You Believe” from the film Prince of Egypt adapted for women’s voices by Keith McKay Evans from Brigham Young University. We are also proud to include guest musician world renowned Scottish Fiddle champion Brandon Vance.

Sonoro concerts are an immersive musical experience with our front of house showcasing items to enhance the performance and to provide background information about the composers, music, and theme of the concert. There will be light, homemade refreshments at intermission and we encourage audience members to visit any one of Steilacoom’s excellent restaurants for dinner. There will also be childcare available with a licensed daycare worker. Just ask directions from our reception team!

Sonoro Choral Society (SCS) is a not-for-profit choral organization on a mission to inspire passion for choral music through accessibility and education. SCS includes two choruses, the Sonoro Women’s Choir and a brand new, elite a’cappella ensemble: Elysium. SCS members hail from all over the south sound and are both amateur and professional musicians. Sonoro Choral Society is proud to empower musicians in the South Sound through education and quality performance opportunities.

Sonoro Choral Society presents “Believe: Songs of Faith and Hope” on June 8 and 9 at Steilacoom Community Church. Tickets are $15.00 online here or $17.00 at the door.

Pure Imagination: Play

Come join us for a magical night filled with songs and scenes from The Pirates of Penzance, West Side Story, Sky Fall, Lord of the Rings, and more!

We will perform twice: Saturday, June 9 at 7:00pm and Sunday, June 10 at 3:00pm at Steilacoom Community Church (1603 Rainier Street).

Tickets are $15 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com or $17 at the door,


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See our Facebook Page for previews!


All proceeds go to support Sonoro Choral Society’s mission to support local musical arts.


Pure Imagination_Postcard Front-page-001More about the show: Our theme this season is taken

straight from the classic Hollywood movie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The song “Pure Imagination” encapsulates what we love about music: it’s ability to transport listeners to a storied world full of possibilities.

This season, we’re performing a concert completely from musicals and movies. We’re excited to present something light and fun for a change and will be trying our hands at lots of kinds of art including staging, costuming, acting, and some visual arts.

The show is kid friendly. Kids 7 and under come in for free.

As always: if you bought a ticket for Saturday night and can’t make the performance, bring your ticket to Sunday’s (or vice versa!) and we will exchange it free of charge.

Pure Imagination: Work

Our theme this season is taken straight from the classic Hollywood movie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The song “Pure Imagination” encapsulates what we love about music: it’s ability to transport listeners to a storied world full of possibilities.

This season, we’re performing a concert completely from musicals and movies. We’re excited to present something light and fun for a change and will be trying our hands at lots of kinds of art including staging, costuming, acting, and some visual arts.

It’s been busy here at Sonoro rehearsals as we sink our teeth into the challenge of production. We’re on track to memorize our entire performance by the end of April–a good month and a half earlier than we usually do. We’re learning choreography, staging, and how to emote while singing. Plus, all of us have extra-singing duties including sourcing props, costuming, and organizing the front of house. We’ve even drafted some of our favorite men to be pirates!  It’s tons of fun.

Here at Sonoro, we are passionate about making music accessible to everyone. We disagree that music is either high-brow or low-brow. All music has a story to tell and we hope you’ll join us this June 9 and 10 at Steilacoom Community Church for an exploration into Imagination!

 

 

 

Sonoro Presents “Mysterium”

Sonoro is proud to announce our Christmas 2017 concert series, “Mysterium” featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s Three Motets for Women’s Choir and Organ, Op. 39 played by organist Dr. Curt Sather.

We will also be singing O Magnum Mysterium by Tomas Luis de Victoria and many Christmas favorites.

Mysterium Web Link

We’ll be presenting two performances:

Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm.
First Presbyterian Church
20 N Tacoma Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tickets Here

Sunday, December 3rd at 3:00 pm.
Steilacoom Community Church
1603 Rainier St
Steilacoom, WA 98388
Tickets Here

Tickets are $15 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets or $17.00 at the door.

Keep an eye out for sneak peaks and announcements on our Facebook page!

Or visit our YouTube videos from rehearsals like at the end.

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CURT SATHER received degrees in Organ Performance from Arizona State University, and the Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY. After serving 13 years as Organist & Choirmaster at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church, Scottsdale AZ, he joined the Benedictine monastery of San Miniato al Monte, Florence, Italy, where he also served as organist for several churches. He is currently Organist & Choirmaster of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia, where in March of this year he performed the complete organ works of J. S. Bach on a 24-hour recital marathon.

Youtube videos

Sonoro Going to “Seattle Sings”!

And you should too!

 

We’ll be singing on Thursday, October 12 at 7:20p. Opening ceremonies start at 6pm. The evening ends at 9pm. The Festival continues until Oct. 14 at Seattle First Baptist Church.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy choral music of all types and flavors from local professional and amateur artists including Choir of the Sound, Swedish Singers of Seattle, and Choral Arts Northwest.

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About Sonoro’s Cell Phone Recycling Fundraiser

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Photo Courtesy of New York Times who has a great expose about cell phone afterlife.

Sonoro Choral Society is proud to partner with GRC Wireless to keep mobile phones out of landfills through their comprehensive recycling program. There EPA-approved recycling program safely handles hazardous waste and diverts useable materials away from the landfill.

How It Works:

Sonoro collects flip phones, mobile phones, and iPads and ships them to smartphonerecycling.com’s recycling program. Technicians erase personal data from the phones, resell useable phones or useable parts to refurbishment companies, and shred the rest to reuse the metal etc. They pay us between $0.10 to $350 per phone depending on quality and age of the phone. We use the money to provide quality music and musical education to our community.

How to Help:

  1. Collect all your old phones and iPads.
  2. Make sure they are deactivated and erase personal data. (They will be erased and reformatted again at the recycling plant.)
  3. Deliver them to your favorite Sonoro Choral Society member or mail them to

c/o Vanessa Cameron
Sonoro Choral Society
1604 181st St. East
Spanaway, WA 98687

   Include batteries and battery covers, but don’t include other accessories.

      4. Ask for a receipt, if you want one for tax deductions. We’ll handle the rest.

What to Recycle:

Donate phones and batteries including flip phones, iPhones, Samsungs, Blackberrys, HTCs, Motorolas, LGs, and iPads. Attach the battery and back plate to the phone, if you have them.

Don’t donate accessories or charging cables including earpieces, headphones, or bluetooth accessories, mounting accessories, screen or body covers.

By participating you:

  1. Support your local community arts
  2. Get rid of junk in your house
  3. Prevent mobile phones from filling up landfills and leaching toxins into the land and groundwater.
  4. Feel good about making something useless useful again.
  5. Earn our genuine gratitude.

Questions? Contact Fundraising Director Vanessa Cameron at songsofsonoro@gmail.com

Summer 2017 Concert: Love and War…

About our concert:

The Sonoro Choral Society is excited to present an intense and powerful concert entitled, Love and War: The Conflict and Passion of Humanity.

This program will explore the intensity of the human existence from deep love and joy to the harshness of our conflicts and ultimately, the unifying qualities in these shared experiences. We are proud to feature a trilogy of songs by Keven Memley based on the poetic work by Sara Teasdale, named Reflections on Humanity, with Ms. Hope Bales on oboe.

We will also be presenting Eric Whitacre’s wonderful work, Five Hebrew Love Songs, featuring Ms. Gwendolyn Taylor on violin.The rest of the evening will range from exciting and passionate Spanish folk music to Broadway favorites!

Still curious? Read more about our concert pieces at the links below:

Tickets

This season, we are offering a discount for online ticket sales:
$15 for online tickets, $17.50 for tickets bought at the door.

Please note, if you buy a ticket online for one night, you may exchange the ticket for another night at no extra charge. Just show up on the night you want to attend and we’ll exchange it at the door. (Premium tickets will be exchanged for regular seating with no refund.)

If you belong to the congregation at Steilacoom Community Church, your ticket is free. However, you must have a ticket to enter the performance. Simply pick up a ticket ahead of time from your church staff.

Follow the links to buy online tickets for your night.

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