The Market Street Singers present:
Turn the World Around
Music With a Message
Saturday, May 19, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 20, 3:00pm
First Lutheran Church Ballard
(NW 65th & 20th NW, across from Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ).
No one doubts the persuasive power of music. Composers have long deployed memorable melodies and well-crafted lyrics to get a point across. Sometimes these messages are clear and rousing, other times they are subtle and quietly inspirational. Music like this comes from every corner of the world and opens pathways to positive change.
The Market Street Singers invites you to a celebration of some of the best choral music with a message. This diverse program covers such themes as social justice, equality, and world peace not only from folk and popular traditions, but also from classic masters such as Haydn, Verdi, and Holst.
The highlight will be “Ballad for Americans” by Seattle composer Earl Robinson. This 1939 work, a cantata for baritone soloist and choir, is an allegorical exploration of American history and progress, from a distinctly American point of view. Although the Ballad was first performed by Paul Robeson and later also recorded by Bing Crosby, it is rarely heard today. We are proud to present a specially revised and updated version by the composer for his 80th birthday Seattle concert gala held in 1990.
Locally renowned baritone Michael Delos will be our soloist.
Chris Vincent, conductor
Ingrid Verhulsdonk, accompanist
This is a free event. Contributions gratefully accepted.
Click this link for a map and directions to First Lutheran Church Ballard: