October 31, 2017
This Sunday at 3 pm, more than 100 musicians perform Fauré’s Requiem and other orchestral works in the Plymouth Sanctuary, to honor and celebrate Dia de Los Muertes, a Mexican holiday to honor ancestors who have passed, with a three-day fiesta. Singers will be adorned with marigolds and there will be an ofrenda, or altar to the dead, where all are welcome to bring photos or mementos of deceased loved ones.
The collaboration, organized by our own Soul Choir Director Sari Breznau, features 80 voices comprised of singers from the Singing in the Rain Family Choir, The Esoterics, Plymouth Chancel Choir and Plymouth Soul Choir with the Ballard Civic Orchestra. Guests include Wanda Griffiths, organist and Jose Rubio, baritone. Breznau will sing soprano.
Breznau founded Singing in the Rain Family Choir 14 years ago. The community choir includes parents and children, neighbors and friends of the Madrona neighborhood where they rehearse weekly. “It’s exciting to bring all these groups together,” says Breznau. “The Chancel Choir has sung this piece before, so they are a big help. It’s challenging music. Plymouth loaned us all the scores.”
Breznau looks forward to making her classical soprano debut. “This is the first time I’ve ever sung solo with an orchestra. It’s a renewal of my classical voice.”
The concert, a benefit for Casa Latina (Plymouth’s first Change Grant Partner in 2010) will include a brief video about the organization, which includes free youth music programs led by Ballard Civic Orchestra conductor Paula Nava Madrigal. -Janice Randall