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A musical feast at Snoqualmie's Point Park | Photo gallery
Above, the Mount Si Chamber Choir files into the arena at Snoqualmie Point Park. Below, the Pacific Musicworks Baroque Ensemble plays at Snoqualmie Arts Commission’s Musical Banquet, Sept. 8.
More than 150 people gathered, blankets and lawn chairs in hand, to hear the Musical Banquet Saturday evening, Sept. 8, at Snoqualmie Point Park. The free concert was sponsored by Snoqualmie Arts Commission.
The Mount Si Chamber Choir, directed by Ryan Harris, opened for the Baroque Ensemble from Pacific Musicworks.
The concert originated with Nancy Wargo, former chair of the arts commission, when she learned that the ensemble was looking for a venue to do a performance funded by a 4Culture grant. Art commissioner Sally Rackets worked with Nicole Sanders of the city of Snoqualmie, and fellow commissioners Lanice Gillard, Wendy Holloway, Gloria McNeely, Jeff Waters and Lee Prewitt, to make the concert happen.
Rackets credited Lisa Esteb, president of VOICE, the choir’s parent booster club, for helping organize the events. Mileah Smith and Jordy Larsen, student representatives for the arts commission, also happened to be president and vice president of the Chamber Choir. They rallied the group so that the all-female acapella choir was ready to perfect their songs. Harris was delighted with the girls’ hard work; they had only two and a half weeks to practice for the event.
Pacific Musicworks, led by Stephen Stubbs, focuses on the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Stubbs played his 350-year-old lute, and also gave the audience a chance to hear an early version of Spanish guitar. A harpist, violinist and two soprano vocalists also performed with the ensemble.
“It was an honor to bring an event of this caliber to our community, providing our own, local award-winning choir the opportunity to do introductory numbres for the world-class talent of Pacific Musicworks, while surrounded with the breathtaking views from Snoqualmie Point Park,” Rackets says.
Learn more about the Arts Commission here.