Press Releases & Reviews 2015

Everett Herald Article Dec 4, 2015

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Announcement: August 15, 2015

Local Choirs Merger
Contact: Lee Mathews/ Artistic Director – 425-789-1162
The Everett Chorale Association – lrmjr2@aol.com

Everett Chorale Board President Art Krull has announced that the Everett Chorale and the Snohomish County Children’s Choir have merged organizations after a one year transition period. The Chorale was founded in 1963 through the sponsorship of Everett Junior College and will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary season this coming year. The SCCC was founded in 1999 by prominent area music teacher, Shelley Logan. Under her leadership, the choir has traveled internationally to England for ten days and has participated in Heritage Music Festivals throughout the United States including Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco where the choir won awards for their outstanding performances.

Last summer, the SCCC announced it was closing their operations due to the retirement of their founding director, Shelley Logan. Krull and members of the Everett Chorale Board of Directors contacted the SCCC Board of Directors and proposed a one-year interim period which would allow the award winning children’s choir program to continue while work progressed on a merger plan. Chorale member Diana Lawrence, a retired music teacher from Granite Falls, was hired to conduct the group during this period with an average of 25 students participating during the 2014/2015 season. The merger process was formally concluded and recorded with the State of Washington on July 1.

The SCCC will begin their fall rehearsal schedule on Tuesday, September 1 at the Northwest Music Hall in the Everett Mall complex. There are three different choirs made up of children from five years of age to high school students. The Everett Chorale has announced that Diana Lawrence has been hired to return as Choral and Managerial Director for the coming season. Lawrence is received her Bachelor of Music Education from the Univ. of North Texas and a Masters of Music degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Before moving to Washington, she taught music in Texas for 20 years. She recently retired from the Granit Falls school system where she developed an award winning choral program. In addition, Susan Larsen has been hired as Accompanist and Assistant to the Director for the coming season. She holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Piano Performance from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She has a private studio of local piano students and is involved in Music Ministry in her local church.

For further information about the Everett Chorale Association, please visit their website at everettchorale.org. For information about the Snohomish County Children’s Choir contact their website at snohomishcountychildrenschoir.com.

Diana Lawrence
Diana Lawrence
Susan Larsen
Susan Larsen

Announcement: May 30, 2015

I am pleased to inform you that KING FM announcer Sean MacLean has chosen to feature music and concert information for Everett Chorale next week on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus program in anticipation of our upcoming concert.

Northwest Focus showcases the best of the Northwest music scene by presenting local concert performances, concert previews, and new releases weekday nights at 8PM. This is one of the many ways that KING FM continually reaches out to and supports its arts community.

How to get to hear us on KING FM. We hope you will listen to Classical King 98.1FM and hear Everett Chorale. Here is how you can find this great local community art outlet. —see below:

Tune in for the Broadcast!

  1. On the dial in Seattle at 98.1 or
  2. Online, world-wide at: bit.ly/king981

About Northwest Focus: More information at www.king.org/nwfocus.

ON-AIR SCHEDULE

Monday, June 1: J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus: Brüderlein und Schwesterlein at approximately 9:00pm
Tuesday, June 2: Rutter: Feel the Spirit at approximately 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 3: Rutter: All Things Bright and Beautiful at approximately 9:26pm
Thursday, June 4: Copland: In the Beginning at approximately 8:25pm

The Everett Chorale will present their final concert of the 49th Season on Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 PM at the Everett Performing Arts Center in downtown Everett. The concert theme, “What a Wonderful World”, is taken from the song made popular by Louis Armstrong. “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, by British composer John Rutter, will also be familiar to many choral enthusiasts. Guest artist Kathryn Weld will join the Chorale to perform a set of spirituals called “Feel the Spirit” also arranged by Rutter. Familiar songs from this collection include “I Got a Robe”, “Steel Away”, “Deep River” and “When the Saints Come Marching In”.

Kathryn Weld is a familiar performer in the Northwest with frequent appearances with the Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony as well as international appearances in Europe and Asia. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and at Carnegie Hall. She can be heard in performance on a regular basis as Cathedral Soloist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Ms. Weld is presently on the faculty at Western Washington University and teaches voice at the Cornish College of Arts in Seattle.

The major piece to be featured on the program will be “In the Beginning” by Aaron Copland, one of the most popular of all American choral composers. The piece describes the Biblical narration in Genesis of the creation and is scored for mezzo-soprano, chamber choir and full chorus. The music will be accompanied with projections taken from a large mural painting by Seattle artist Vaho Muskheli. The painting was commissioned by the Everett Chorale for a previous performance of the Copland piece in 2003.

In addition, the 60 voice Chorale will preview three songs from their 2015/2016 season which will be “A 50th Anniversary Celebration”. Each song will represent the concert theme of one of the three series programs: “Celebrate and Dance”, “Celebrate and Shout” and, “Celebrate and Sing!” The Chorale will be accompanied by Kim Croft at the piano and conducted by Lee Mathews who is in his 22nd season as Artistic Director.

For ticket information visit the Box Office at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett or call 425-257-8600 or go online at villagetheater.org. For more information about the Everett Chorale please visit everettchorale.org.

We are proud that KING FM aims to continue supporting classical music as well as our local arts, and it is a goal of ours to continue to build a lasting relationship between Everett Chorale and KING FM.


News Release: May 15, 2015

From: The Everett Chorale Association – www.everettchorale.org
Contact: Lee Mathews - Artistic Director – lrmjr2@aol.com425-789-1162
Regarding: Final Season Concert - “WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD”
Date/Time/Place: Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 3:00 PM- Everett Performing Arts Center

The Everett Chorale will present their final concert of the 49th Season on Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 PM at the Everett Performing Arts Center in downtown Everett. The concert theme, “What a Wonderful World”, is taken from the song made popular by Louis Armstrong. “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, by British composer John Rutter, will also be familiar to many choral enthusiasts. Guest artist Kathryn Weld will join the Chorale to perform a set of spirituals called “Feel the Spirit” also arranged by Rutter. Familiar songs from this collection include “I Got a Robe”, “Steel Away”, “Deep River” and “When the Saints Come Marching In”.

Kathryn Weld is a familiar performer in the Northwest with frequent appearances with the Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony as well as international appearances in Europe and Asia. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and at Carnegie Hall. She can be heard in performance on a regular basis as Cathedral Soloist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Ms. Weld is presently on the faculty at Western Washington University and teaches voice at the Cornish College of Arts in Seattle.

The major piece to be featured on the program will be “In the Beginning” by Aaron Copland, one of the most popular of all American choral composers. The piece describes the Biblical narration in Genesis of the creation and is scored for mezzo-soprano, chamber choir and full chorus. The music will be accompanied with projections taken from a large mural painting by Seattle artist Vaho Muskheli. The painting was commissioned by the Everett Chorale for a previous performance of the Copland piece in 2003.

In addition, the 60 voice Chorale will preview three songs from their 2015/2016 season which will be “A 50th Anniversary Celebration”. Each song will represent the concert theme of one of the three series programs: “Celebrate and Dance”, “Celebrate and Shout” and, “Celebrate and Sing!” The Chorale will be accompanied by Kim Croft at the piano and conducted by Lee Mathews who is in his 22nd season as Artistic Director.

For ticket information visit the Box Office at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett or call 425-257-8600 or go online at villagetheater.org. For more information about the Everett Chorale please visit everettchorale.org.


Press Releases & Reviews 2014

Take a musical 'tour' of city's art Sunday, courtesy of Everett Chorale

Herald staff

The Everett Chorale has a fun approach — a sort of artistic travelogue of Everett — for its Sunday concert, "We're Going Uptown."

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Press Releases & Reviews 2013

Holiday season gets going with Everett Chorale concert

By Gale Fiege, Herald Writer

For loyal followers of the Everett Chorale, December just wouldn't feel like Christmas without the 80-voice choir's annual holiday concert. The chorale, under the direction of Lee Mathews, offers "Here We Come A-Wassailing" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.

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Everett Chorale opens an 'American Sampler'

By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer

There's a lot of entertainment on tap when the Everett Chorale performs its tribute to choral classics, traditional American folk songs, spirituals, and sacred and secular songs in "An American Sampler" on Sunday. "There are some nice folk songs, and spirituals, and jazzy numbers and a revival song," said Lee Mathews, who is marking his 20th season as artistic director. "There's just a whole slug of stuff."

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Published: Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Give peace a chance at Everett Chorale concert

By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer
If you ask basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman what would help bring people together in peace, he would probably say a game of hoops. If you ask Everett Chorale music director Lee Mathews, he would say song.

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Press Releases & Reviews 2012

Everett Chorale celebrates holidays, director's 20th year

By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer

For Lee Mathews, the Everett Chorale's artistic director and conductor, this is the season to rejoice. So what better way to mark the chorale's 47th season and Mathews' 20 years leading the chorale than with "Rejoice and Sing." "It has been a fantastic time for me and has flown by much too quickly," Mathews said in a prepared statement.

The "Rejoice and Sing" concert, actually two concerts, are the chorale's annual holiday celebration and adds to the celebration of Mathews' time with the chorale.

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Everett Chorale celebrates summer with song

What better way to celebrate earth's beauty and the bounties of summer than with song? There are folk songs, pop songs, spirituals and madrigals and songs that pay tribute to nature. All are on the program of the Everett Chorale's summer concert Sunday at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

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Everett Chorale salutes America with patriotic songs Sunday

By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer

Politics is top of mind nowadays. What with the Republicans campaigning, the visit today from President Barack Obama and the recognition of Presidents Day, politics and patriotism is flying at full mast.

How appropriate then for the Everett Chorale to give "A Patriotic Salute to America" for its Sunday concert at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

"I Hear America Singing" will be a concert filled with familiar and moving music that might move you to place your hand on your heart and cause your chest to swell with pride.

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Press Releases & Reviews 2011

Chorale covers 'Drummer Boy,' other Christmas music classics

December 2, 2011 - Everett Herald

By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer
Harry Simeone was known as a master arranger and for the Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy," made popular by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. This weekend, audiences will get to hear another chorale present Simeone's genius in song, along with his famous "Drummer Boy."

The Everett Chorale performs its holiday concert, "Sing We Now of Christmas," Saturday and Sunday at Everett Performing Arts Center. The chorale is performing a medley of 30 recognizable traditional and spiritual carols, all done in an arrangement by Simeone.

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Everett Chorale covers Broadway in finale

June 10, 2011 - Everett Herald

A concert of songs from three of musical theater's greatest 20th century composers, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and George M. Cohan: You can't get much better than that. And what a way to send off the Everett Chorale at the final concert of its 45th season.

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Schubert, contemporary music connect at Everett Chorale concert

April 1, 2011 - Everett Herald

The Everett Chorale, which will present these two pieces from this renowned composer in the second concert of its 45th season.

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Sing songs of romance with Everett Chorale

February 11 - Everett Herald

Romance will be in the air during the Everett Chorale's annual Broadway Sing-Along.

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Press Releases & Reviews 2010

It's not Christmas without the music

December 4, 2010 - Everett Herald

The Everett Chorale sings Christmas classics, madrigals, Hannukkah songs and even a carol-along in their "Home for the Holidays" concert.


Everett Chorale travels to Italy

September 30, 2010 - Everett Herald

Members of the Everett Chorale this summer got a chance to tour Italy as part of a choral festival. The 35 members sang at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and gave a concert at the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, along with 100 singers from other U.S. choirs.

Chorale members visited Florence, Venice, Verona and Sienna. While touring a music conservatory in Florence, the group sang in the courtyard and got a round of applause from the tourists there.


Everett Chorale devotes program to movie music

June 4, 2010 - Everett Herald

It will be a night at the movies Sunday when the Everett Chorale sings an entire program devoted to "Favorite Songs From the Silver Screen," belting out soundtrack selections from such blockbusters as "The Wizard of Oz," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Sleepless in Seattle," along with a suite of songs from the land of Disney.

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Everett Chorale sings sweet sounds of Broadway

February 19, 2010 - Everett Herald

On Sunday, local audiences can give their regards to Broadway. Everett Chorale, Snohomish County's 45-year-old vocal ensemble, will hold a "Broadway Sing-along." The audience is invited to join in to sing some treasured musical theater classics.

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Press Releases & Reviews 2009

Everett Chorale hits the holidays

December 4, 2009 - Everett Herald

The Everett Chorale will present its 2009 holiday concert, "Merrily Ring the Christmas Songs," at two performances this weekend.

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Everett Chorale to Ring in the Christmas Season

November 10, 2009

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, Merrily Ring the Christmas Songs, 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.