Music Notes 

March 7, 2017


Friday, March 24, 8 pm

Choral Arts Northwest: World Premiere Oratorio – John Muelheisen’s “But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion.”

Friday, March 24, more than three years of work results in the premiere of a concert-length oratorio for choir with vocal soloists and chamber orchestra composed by CANW’s 2016-17 Composer-in-Residence, John Muehleisen.

But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion commemorates the centennial of World War I. Focusing on the historical account of Lieutenant John Kipling’s 1918 death at the Battle of Loos, and its impact on his famous parents, Rudyard and Carrie Kipling, this story represents that of countless families during World War I — and in all wars before or since. The narrative touches on issues relevant to our own time, including consequences of unbridled nationalism and challenges faced by veterans when they return home.

Featuring nationally renowned soloists Charles Robert Stephens (bass) as Rudyard Kipling, Kim Giordano (soprano) as his wife Carrie and Eric Neuville (tenor) as their son John, Muehleisen uses the passion form to explore how we may find healing in the face of unspeakable tragedy. The work seeks to honor and bring voice to the often-silent suffering of our veterans and their families. 

Tickets available at Free parking in Plymouth garage.

Saturday, May 6, 8 pm

Choral Arts Northwest: “Unclouded Day.” CANW May concerts are always anchored by the season’s “Finding Your Voice” commission. Composer-in-Residence John Muehlheisen sets poetry submitted by Puget Sound area veterans and their families. These new choral works will then be featured along with Will Averitt’s “Over Jordan” and Shawn Kirchner’s choral cycle “Unclouded Day.” Tickets available at Free parking in Plymouth garage.

Become a Friend of Music

Music continues to provide a vibrant element to Plymouth’s community life. Looking ahead to Spring music events, I am pleased to announce formation of “Plymouth Friends of Music.” Last Fall, our concerts (except those presented by Choral Arts Northwest, Plymouth’s Choral Ensemble-in-Residence) were underwritten by a generous donor, so we could designate donations provided by concert-goers to Plymouth’s partnering non-profits, including Mary’s Place, Plymouth Healing Communities and Village of Hope. Pairing concerts with our mission focus creates a win-win situation wherein people who are aware of Plymouth as a church that values music and the arts discover Plymouth is also a church that passionately advocates on social justice issues. And people who know Plymouth as a church strongly focused on social justice, learn Plymouth is also passionate about music and the arts.

To become a part of supporting this new outreach ministry at Plymouth, please email: or phone 206.622.4865, ext. 32, share your interest and the best way to communicate with you (email is ideal!). You will be added to an email distribution list, generated from the church office, to receive information and updates about Plymouth’s upcoming music events (only). We will also let you know how your financial support, should you wish to contribute, helps underwrite these events so we can continue to make each concert a benefit. Please note that all gifts to “Plymouth Friends of Music” should be over and above regular contributions, and would also be tax deductible. 

You do not need to donate funds to become a “Plymouth Friend of Music!” There are many ways to support this new outreach ministry. Sign up to usher at events, help with mailings and assist us in getting the word out to your friends and neighbors who may also enjoy attending Plymouth concerts.

If you are so excited about this possibility you want to jump in and immediately support “Plymouth Friends of Music” with a financial gift, send a check to Plymouth today! Make checks to Plymouth Church, and add on the memo line: “Plymouth Friends of Music” so funds may be credited to the appropriate account. Please enclose a brief note providing your email address so you may be added to the distribution list for future communications. If you have questions, please contact me! –Wanda Griffiths, Transitional Director of Music and Organist

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