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Seattle Men's and Women's Chorus season preview

by Kevin Carson - Special to the SGN

Time flies when you're having fun. Thirty years young, Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC) is having as much fun as ever, and so will you when you join them and Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC) for the 2009-2010 season. This new season has holiday concerts that will fill you with merriment, a spring concert that will heat you up, and a joint concert in June that will have you bursting with pride. For these Choruses, the fun has just begun.

The holidays just aren't the holidays without going to one of the Choruses' festive concerts. For 30 years, SMC has been warming cockles with superbly sung traditional carols spiced up with something new and zany that makes you wonder what those boys will think of next. This year is no exception, with Santa Baby. Santa's bag will be full of unique numbers such as a tribute to that holiday staple: the TV special. Yet this tribute passes over Frosty and Rudolph for little-known but no less special specials that, believe it or not, really did cross the airwaves. And they have a surprise up their sleeve for all you "slum dogs" out there. Of course, the wacky will be balanced with the sublime as the Chorus' more traditional fare will be accompanied by Benaroya's organ, a combination that creates a sound as heavenly as the season.

Speaking of heavenly, the angelic voices of SWC will once again be Making Spirits Bright in their holiday concert. Joyful numbers will combine with inspirational carols to create an experience the whole family will love. Your inner child will be delighted with the treats SWC is cooking up.

Spring will sizzle as the Men's Chorus embraces Latino music in Ole, Ole, Ole! From high-energy dance numbers to romantic serenades, music from Mexico, Spain, and South America will be given its due in a hot concert that honors such names as Ricky, Selena, Desi, Santana, and Iglesias. If the rhythm doesn't get you, the passion will.

June finds the Women's Chorus joining SMC to culminate the 30th anniversary season with an extravaganza aptly titled Glitter and Be Gay. This tribute to the talents of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, two great American stage composers, will celebrate their greatest collaboration West Side Story as well as the songs they worked on together for Candide. It will also focus on a few of their individual works, as both were huge talents in their own right. Bernstein as a musician celebrated for his conducting as well as his Broadway scores, and Sondheim as the undisputed Master of Broadway.

It is only fitting that such a tribute to these two individual talents, and the amazing work they did together, be performed by both Choruses. Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus are the top in their fields, as the numbers they perform individually will showcase. However, when they perform together, as they will be in this concert, they are transcendent. Just the visual of them together is awe-inspiring - not to mention the sound they produce is unparalleled - combined they are larger in size than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This will be a performance and experience not to be missed.

What better time than now to subscribe to SMC and SWC? In these trying times, attending these concerts is a great way for you to support the Choruses you love while getting to experience music that sooths your soul, inspires your mind, and fills your heart with joy. As we are reminded in Candide, "life is happiness indeed."

Subscriptions are available online at www.flyinghouse.org or by calling the box office at 206-388-1400 Monday through Friday, noon-7:00 p.m. Please note: summer box office hours, noon-5:00 p.m., June 29-September 7, 2009.

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