Sno-King Chorale presents West Coast premiere of ‘Cantata Memoria’

Mar 17, 2017

The Sno-King Chorale, orchestra and children’s chorus will perform “Cantata Memoria” Saturday, March 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. Featured soloists are soprano Jennifer Bromagen and bass-baritone Jacob Herbert.

Two performances, at 3 and 7 p.m. will be given, with tickets available from www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 206-940-8049.

Just over 50 years ago, a horrific coal mining disaster in the village of Aberfan, Wales, took the lives of 116 schoolchildren and 28 adults.

A young composer named Karl Jenkins was in his first term at London’s Royal Academy of Music, and the tragedy had a huge impact on him as well, as millions of others.

Two years ago, Jenkins was commissioned to compose a work commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. The result was “Cantata Memoria,” which combines music and poetry.

Members of Sno-King Community Chorale recently returned from New York City, where they joined an international group of singers in the U.S. première of “Cantata Memoria” at Carnegie Hall.

“Because of our own local tragedy three years ago in Oso, we will be remembering our own losses also as we perform this moving piece,” Sno-King Chorale conductor Frank DeMiero said.

“We have invited the mayors of Edmonds, Darrington and Arlington to attend the concert, and they will make brief presentations. This promises to be a memorable concert with the libretto in English, Spanish, French, German, Latin and Welsh.”

 

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