Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus Artistic Director Retires After 35 Years
Over 400 Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) vocalists prepare for Dennis Coleman to conduct his final two concerts after his extraordinary 35-year run as artistic director. Photos, videos, and emotional stories of survival, strength and joy will all be part of this moving tribute to Mr. Coleman. People from across the country are expected at the two Pride Weekend performances of ENCORE! at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. Mr. Coleman’s unparalleled ability to use the power of song to unify and entertain will be celebrated by thousands at this very special concert event.
Mr. Coleman has led SMC and SWC to a position of artistic and administrative excellence with a combined singing membership that is the largest in North America. Mr. Coleman is active as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Canada. He served for six years on the national board of directors for Chorus America and was on the founding board of directors for GALA Choruses. As a UCC church musician, Mr. Coleman has conducted the choir of First Congregational Church of Bellevue since 1981. Mr. Coleman has commissioned and premiered choral works from many leading composers including Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Robert Moran, Conrad Susa, David Diamond, Robert Seeley, British composer Paul Patterson, and Canadian Stephen Hatfield. Of Rage and Remembrance, a 15-minute work for male chorus, mezzo soprano, speakers and orchestra by composer John Corigliano, was premiered by SMC in Seattle in 1991. A recording of this work and the companion Symphony 1, also called Of Rage and Remembrance, by the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin was awarded the 1998 Grammy for Best Classical Album.
Past, present, and future collide as both Choruses join on stage to honor their incomparable artistic director and leader. Seattle celebrates the end of an era with an emotional and uplifting concert highlighting the iconic moments of the Choruses’ influence on the Seattle landscape. There will be special appearances from famous and familiar faces. Expect sidesplitting surprises, a smashing collection of greatest hits, and a look ahead to a thrilling future.
The evening will be highlighted by a powerful 400 voice tribute to a legend who built the world’s largest LGBT choral organization. Tickets to McCaw Hall Seattle performances are $25-$78 and available at seattlechoruses.
org or over the phone at (206) 388-1400. The Seattle area box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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