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Celtic Christmas - Music of Ireland, Scotland & Wales

Location: Washington, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Seattle Pro Musica invites you to experience the sublime beauty of the human voice in expressions of joy and inspiration with the first concert of our 2011-2012 season.
Celtic Christmas - Music of Ireland, Scotland & Wales
Experience the lively sounds of traditional Celtic choral music for the Christmas season, as well as new music by composers from Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The evening includes our traditional candlelight processional and works performed in Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish and English. Seattle Pro Musica’s Christmas concerts have been voted “top holiday concert” by Seattle audiences.
Saturday, December 10, 2011                                                         7:30 pm
Town Hall – 8th & Seneca, Seattle
Pre-Concert Lecture at 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 17, 2011                                                                       3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Chapel at Bastyr University – 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore
Pre-Concert Lectures at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Call 206.781.2766 for tickets or order online - visit
The music of Celtic Christmas ranges from traditional folk songs of the Celtic countries through new works by composers from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Included in the traditional repertoire are lively dance music and beautiful lullabies, such as the well-known Suo gân – a Welsh lullaby which featured prominently in the film Empire of the Sun – and Jerusalem, a traditional melody arranged for the Irish choir, Anúna.
Contemporary composers include the prominent Scottish composers Judith Weir and James MacMillan, whose Christus vincit will envelop the audience in a “surround-sound” experience. Seattle composer John Muehleisen’s Invocation is a setting of an ancient Celtic text, originally written for the Dale Warland Singers. The pièce de résistance is C.V. Stanford’s Magnificat for Double choir, a thrilling tour de force of choral writing.
Also featured is the young Welsh composer Paul Mealor, described in the New York Times as, “one of the most important composers to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias… A real and original talent”. Mealor was catapulted to international attention when 2.5 billion people (the largest audience in broadcasting history) heard his Ubi caritas performed at the Royal Wedding Ceremony of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011.
For additional program information, please contact Katie Skovholt, Managing Director, at

ABOUT SEATTLE PRO MUSICA.  A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces grant and the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, Seattle Pro Musica has garnered international recognition and praise for its CDs and performances. Seattle Pro Musica has appeared at international music festivals and on NPR’s Saint Paul Sunday and hosted the American Masterpieces Choral Festival under the auspices of the NEA. Seattle Pro Musica is ranked by American Record Guide as “among America’s very best choirs.” 

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