Sno-King Community Choral performing 'Dreamweaver'

Dec 07, 2018
Photo by: Sno-King Chorale Soprano Jennifer Bromagen is featured during Sno-King Community Chorale’s annual holiday show.

The 100-voice Sno-King Community Chorale has its annual “Holiday Magic” concert Saturday, Dec. 8, at Edmonds Center for the Arts. There will be two shows.

The chorale, under the direction of conductor and artistic director Dustin Willetts, will perform “Dreamweaver” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Featured are accompanist Debra DeMiero, soprano Jennifer Bromagen and a 22-piece string orchestra.

The text is based on parts of the well-known Norwegian medieval poem “Draumkvedet,” an epic ballad that has much in common with Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.” The protagonist falls asleep on Christmas Eve and sleeps for 13 days. When he awakens, he goes to church to describe his dreams to the congregation about his brave, beautiful, terrifying and, ultimately, redeeming journey through the afterlife.

Charles Anthony Silvestri’s interpretation of the poem is performed in English.

Composer Gjeilo was born in Norway and, at the age of 23 came to the United States to study composition at the Juilliard School. Today, he is a full-time composer in New York City.

Other selections in the concert include “Somewhere in My Memory,“ John Williams’ lyrical theme for the movie “Home Alone”; a rendition of “Toboggan for Two”; and “Walking in the Air” from the animated film “The Snowman.”

Vocal Lab, a smaller, select group of singers, will perform several holiday favorites and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ “Only in Sleep.”

Tickets for the 3 p.m. or 7p.m. performance may be purchased at Edmonds Center for the Arts box office at 410 Fourth Ave. N, online at ec4arts.org or sno-kingchorale.org, or by calling 425-275-9595.

 

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