Submitted by Masterworks Choral Ensemble
Masterworks Choral Ensemble kicks off its 33rd season with the theme, “Escape with Music: See and Hear Something New!” MCE has an exciting line-up of performances with an abundant mix of guest artists and concert variety.
The season opens with “Sing, Fiddle, and Strum: Celtic Celebration” on October 12th at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia. Choir and audience will take a musical journey through Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. MCE will be joined on stage by guest artists Margaret Shelton, harpist; The Burren Boys, local folk musicians; Scoil Rince Slieveloughane, Irish dancers; and Fay Lee, pianist/youth artist.
“Celtic music is very evocative,” says artistic director and conductor Gary Witley. “In the lyrics you hear these wonderful stories of place, combined with energetic rhythms.” Masterworks and guest artists delve into several forms of Celtic music in this concert. Ballads, which are the most familiar, can take on big topics like love and war. While gentler motifs come through in lullabies and hymns.
Masterworks chose to return to Celtic music for this concert because it was such an audience favorite five years ago. “We’ve had such a great response to this style,” says Cathy Duffy, MCE’s Board President, “because it’s fun and upbeat. It just makes you feel good when you’re listening.”
This year concert-goers will have a multi-sensory experience at Masterworks’ events. In addition to more guest artists, MCE plans to incorporate more visual delights, including projected images and choir members singing among the audience for some songs. “We want to live up to our theme all season long,” declares Witley, “by offering something new to see and hear in each concert.”