Closing Concert – Organ / Choir / Orchestra – Caroline Robinson / Renée Anne Louprette/Amanda Mole organ; Auburn Symphony, Wesley Schulz, conductor; Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, conductor – Benaroya Hall – Fisk Organ
July 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The gala Closing Concert at Benaroya Hall includes the 2021 Marilyn Mason competition winner, Rashaan Rori Allwood’s “In Memory of…” for solo organ and speaker. The concert features works for choir and organ, including James Macmillan’s “Cantigas Sagradas,” and a commission from the 2020 Atlanta National Convention by Eric Nelson. Works for organ and orchestra include Judith Bingham’s “Jacob’s Ladder” and David Briggs’s “Concerto for Organ and Orchestra.” Performers include organists Amanda Mole, Caroline Robinson, and Renée Anne Louprette; Seattle Pro Musica, conducted by Karen P. Thomas; and the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wesley Schulz.
About “In Memory of…” by Rashaan Rori Allwood, from the composer:
“This piece is written as an homage to victims of oppression and hardships. Choose a person or group of persons whose death holds special significance and benefits from awareness. The name chosen should be relevant to your audience. Examples include George Floyd, Ayo Bakole, Breonna Taylor, the Anishinaabe people, etc.”
About “The Love of God” by Eric Nelson, from the composer:
“For this commission, ‘The Love of God,’ I have taken Frederick Martin Lehman’s text and wedded it to new music for choir and organ, without any reference to the original tune or style period. The choir and the organ engage in a sort of dialogue, joining together only at key moments.”