Seattle Choral Company: Don’t Be Weary, Traveler – A Tribute to America’s Black Classical Composers

The Seattle Choral Company is celebrating black history month by exploring and honoring the many contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history. On Saturday, 2/25 at 8 PM and Sunday, 2/26 at 3 PM, at Town Hall, Seattle ,the SCC will showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers, with a particular focus on their choral works.

The music of Scott Joplin will receive special attention during this concert. Joplin’s opera, “Treemonisha,” will be re-created in concert form with a cast of talented African American singers and actors from the greater Seattle area: Ellaina Pauline Lewis (“Treemonisha””), Awilda Verdejo (“Monisha”), Laird Thornton (“Ned”), Ekello Harrid, Jr. (“Zodzetrick”), and Ronald Campbell (“Parson Alltalk”). Joining the cast as narrator will be actress and arts advocate, Vivian Phillips. Dance scenes will be choreographed by Kabby Mitchell III, with dancers chosen from the cast of “Black Nativity.”

Seven composers who best represent the development of the Spiritual as an art form and the rise of contemporary internationalism among America’s Black composers will be represented: Harry Thacker Burleigh (1866-1949), Dr. R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), John W. Work, III (1901-1967), Jester Hairston (1902-2000), Undine Smith Moore (1904-1988), Moses Hogan (1957-2003), Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941) and Scott Joplin (1868-1917).

Ticket Information
Non-reserved tickets are on sale for $22 (General), $17 (Senior), and $10 (Under 25).
To purchase by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. This ticket hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For on-line purchases, please go to the Seattle Choral Company’s web site at


I wish I had something exciting to tell you

But I do not.

I saw Brokeback last weekend with two gay men and one of said men’s former wife. You heard me. The men had already seen it, so they knew what was coming, but it did not stop them from getting all emotional again.

I didn’t get a chance to talk to the former wife about it, but I wonder how she feels – to some extent it’s sort of “been there, done that” for her, I’d imagine.

Anyway, it’s a lovely movie, but no more tragic than any other tragic love story.

I’ve been working and rehearsing and doing laundry and eating and taking care of my husband and my guinea pig. We have a concert next weekend. I will do my standard concert posting soon.

I’ve also been busy moving all my music and pictures over to our new 500GB hard drive which we’ve got running on a server. Said server is my previous machine and seems to be working fine, except when for some unknown reason the music has a 20-30 second (!) hiccup. I don’ t know if that’s a seek or a network issue but I will likely track it down someday.

The bummer of having the pics on the server is that Google desktops picture module doesn’t work across the network. I was enjoying looking at all the pictures from the last 5 years as I worked. And to think that when that feature was proposed years ago I was dubious. Oh well, I’m not always right. You heard me.

Still Kickin

Just an entry to verify that I’m still alive. Work and singing and the rest of life have made me less than introspective lately. Things are going well, really. No major drama, just everyday stuff.

I do have a new obsession – Monarch of the Glen I was a bit sick this weekend and started catching up on series 5. It’s all enhanced by just how much I loved Scotland while I was there.