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American Shaker and Shapenote Christmas Carols


DECEMBER 17, 2022 at 7:00pm

doors open at 6:30pm

Trinity Parish Church

609 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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General: $30

Senior: $25

Student: $20

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Running Time:

1 hour 30 minutes, includes one intermission

FREE Parking:

You are welcome to park in the Trinity-designated spots in the Skyline parking garage, entrance along Columbia between 8th and 9th.

Ring in the holidays with a spirited performance of early American music from Appalachia and New England. Powerful, rousing shapenote tunes and lively Shaker songs bring the cheer of Christmas to life. These uniquely American music traditions are part of a vibrant cultural heritage, passed down through oral traditions, singing schools, and community practice. Shaker and shapenote music beautifully showcase the simple power of communal singing – in fact, the most common shapenote book, the Sacred Harp, is named after that sacred musical instrument given to us at birth: the human voice. Join Radiance for this festive, joyful celebration!

We will not be checking COVID-19 vaccine cards, and masking is optional. While we will not require masks, we will respect your choice to continue wearing one for your own health and comfort. Singers will be rapid tested for COVID-19 before the performance and will perform unmasked. (Subject to change based on local public health orders).


Jeremiah Ingalls: Redemption

Joseph Stephenson: Anthem from Luke

Martha J. Anderson - Sweetest Music Softly Stealing

William Walker - The Babe of Bethlehem

Sister Patsy Roberts Williamson - Pretty Home

Eldress Paulina Bryant - This is Jesus' Birthday

John McCurry - Raymond

Himes' - Joys Seven

Timothy Swan - Rainbow

Martha J. Anderson - Give Good Gifts

arr. Kevin Siegfried - Rolling On

arr. Jordan Sramek - Morning Dawn

arr. Jordan Sramek - Bozrah

William Billings - Bethlehem

Christmas Morn (ca. 1880) by W. C. Bauer.

This project was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.
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