Music Notes 

May 9, 2017

Hear Missa Kenya performed at 11 am Worship Service May 14

This coming Sunday, Plymouth Chancel Choir is excited to share excerpts from Missa Kenya in 11 am worship. Composer Paul Basler wrote the work after spending a year in Nairobi, Kenya, in the mid-1990s as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Music. Dr. Basler says, “Much of the music and gestures owe their existence to East African choral traditions, fusing together Kenyan musical styles with references to late 20th century American ‘classical’ music – creating a synthesis of sorts between the two musical cultures.” Basler says that his time in Kenya changed how he approaches composing. He learned that the country adopted a national motto, “Harambee” which basically means “all pull together.” This focus on working together infuses all areas of Kenyan life, including music. While music derived from Western culture often seeks to impress, Basler says the Kenyans have “honesty in the intent of their music.” In response, Basler says he now seeks to write “music that communicates without pretension” and wishes “to invite listeners to the musical table.” The music is scored for SATB chorus, piano, percussion and horn. 

Griffiths featured with Thalia Symphony

Plymouth Transitional Director of Music and Organist Wanda Griffiths will be featured in concert with Thalia Symphony at 8 pm, this Friday, May 13, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst when they present Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, known as “The Organ Symphony.” Also on the program, hear Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Aaron Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo and music by Charles Ives. Tickets are available at or follow the link at

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