February 27, 2021 at 7:00pm
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This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission
Join the Radiance board and featured composer Kevin Siegfried for a pre-show chat at 6:30pm pst. We will answer audience questions live!
The Hills: Shaking the Tree with Kevin Siegfried
The quiet humility of Shaker music and other American folk tunes take on a new dimension surrounded by the alpine forests of the Pacific Northwest. We'll learn about the history of the Shakers and their deep musical tradition, then embark on a choral adventure to perform hymns and new arrangements by guest composer Kevin Siegfried.
* Sow the seeds of love and kindness
SIEGFRIED Rolling On
* Chosen Spot
SIEGFRIED In Yonder Valley
* The Savior's Cheering Promise
* Holy Wisdom's Feast
SIEGFRIED Morning Light
SIEGFRIED I Will Walk With My Children
* The Waters of Life
SIEGFRIED Vum Vive Vum
SIEGFRIED Now Is the Cool of the Day
SIEGFRIED Wintergrace from Appalachian Carols
SIEGFRIED Top of the Hill from At the Water's Edge
*these are songs received at Shaker worship locations in the mid to late 1800s
The text of the songs and readings in the program can be found here
Kevin Siegfried (b. 1969) is a composer of distinctive and engaging musical works. His music was recently described as “hypnotic and beautifully written” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer, and is known for its direct expression, lyricism, and accessibility.
Siegfried is actively involved in the research and performance of early American music
and his arrangements of Shaker music have been performed and recorded by choirs across the globe. The Tudor Choir’s “Gentle Words” CD, the premiere recording of Siegfried’s Shaker arrangements, received wide acclaim and was praised as “a stunning addition to the repertoire” by FanfareMagazine. In recent years, Siegfried has performed at the Maine Festival of American Music, where he has presented concerts in collaboration with Brother Arnold Hadd, one of the few surviving Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, Maine.
Since 2014, Siegfried has served as Composer in Residence for the Capitol Hill Chorale in Washington, DC. While currently based in Boston, where he is a Professor at the Boston Conservatory, Siegfried began his choral composition career in Seattle, and maintains a close connection with many choral groups and directors in the Pacific Northwest.