"So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning." (Aaron Copland)
Since 2003, the CWU Music Department has presented ambitious music performances in Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Home to the Seattle Symphony, this architectural marvel has been revered for its technology-infused acoustics, touches of luxury, and prominent location in the downtown area. CWU's first performance included the "alarmingly complex" composition by George Crumb, "Star-Child". In 2010, the department collaborated with Vivace! Choirs to perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". In 2011, invited by Hinako Hovhaness, the Symphony Orchestra shared the stage ...with Lake Union Civic Orchestra to celebrate composer Alan Hovhanness' 100th birthday.
On May 24th, 2018, we will once again bring our award-winning ensembles to present CWU at Benaroya Hall. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the top Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz groups in a shared performance in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Following the Jazz performance, the concert will move into the S. Mark Taper Auditorium for a program that includes the Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, University Chorale, Central Singers, and the Symphony Orchestra. The program includes Bernstein's Symphonic Dances and culminates with Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (Gayla Bauer Blaisdell, soprano; Anton Belov, baritone).