Organist Christopher Howerter will play at Vashon Island Chorale’s holiday concert. (Shelly Hanna Photo)

Organist Christopher Howerter will play at Vashon Island Chorale’s holiday concert. (Shelly Hanna Photo)

Chorale to get brassy in annual holiday concert

Major choral works will be sung by the 75-voice choir.

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:03pm
  • Arts

Vashon Island Chorale’s 75 singers, accompanied by organ, percussion and brass under the direction of Dr. Gary D. Cannon, will present “A Very Brassy Christmas” in two concerts scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

The choir will perform four major works, including Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” Cecilia McDowall’s “A Winter Night,” “Lord, Though Hast Been our Refuge,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Gloria,” by John Rutter.

Karen Bargelt, Kaycie Alanis and Kathleen Rindge are featured soloists in “Gloria.”

The music, said chorale president Jo Ann Bardeen, will range from magisterial to bouncy and joyful, and represents “some of the best Christmas season music.”

A pre-show lecture by Cannon, the chorale’s artistic director, will take place 45 minutes prior to each concert, providing context, history and other insider knowledge about the music that will be sung. One close connection between the music and the performers is that the chorale’s organist, Christopher Howerter, was trained by composer Pinkham’s best friend.

Cannon, who is active as a conductor, singer and musicologist in Seattle, has led the chorale since 2008. He is also the director of another prominent choir, the Cascadian Chorale, in Seattle’s Eastside suburbs. In 2016, he founded the Emerald Ensemble, a professional choir. He has conducted for Vashon Opera three times, and has also directed Anna’s Bay Chamber Choir, Choral Arts Northwest, Earth Day Singers, Kirkland Choral Society and the Northwest Mahler Festival. As a tenor soloist, Cannon has appeared with Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as several regional orchestras and choirs.

Tickets to the concert are $20 general admission, $18 for VCA members, $15 for seniors and $5 for youth age 16 and younger. Tickets are available online at and at the door, if still available, on the days of the show.

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