Illumni Men’s Chorale present the “Illumni Holiday Concert” this December 17th & 18th at 7:30pm. First performance night will be held at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island, WA with second night performance held at the Lagerquist Hall in Tacoma, WA.
Tickets are free for veterans! To get your tickets click below:
This year’s concerts will feature:
- - Illumni Men’s Chorale! Your hosts!
- - LiveWire Quartet! The regional Barbershop Champion female quartet!
- - Santa Claus! Be ready to take some pictures!
- - Our first ever AUDIENCE SING-A-LONG & HOLIDAY COSTUME CONTEST! Dress your best!
- - And special guests making their debut: 4.0 Quartet!
- You’ll hear works by:
- - local composers Eric Banks and Illumni’s Chris McCafferty
- - Abbie Betinis, grand niece of Alfred Burt – part of an 86 year old family Carol writing tradition
- - Bernard Hughes, a British composer who reworked a peice written for the BBC singers jsut for Illumni, and
- - The world premier of Edwin Wendler’s new “Ye mei haChanukkah” commissioned specifically for these concerts!
These concerts will be fun for the whole family! You’ll hear, and take part in some of your most favorite carols ever.
Illumni Men’s Chorale is one of Seattle’s newest Men’s Ensembles.
Founded in November 2009, the group can be best described as a bunch of guys who just like to sing! Membership is made up of everything from serious choral hobbyists, to some full time professional musicians. The group also includes several instrumentalists, teachers, and church musicians.
Ages in the group range from 19 to 65, and we are open to all who wish to audition.
Our unofficial motto is “Just Sing!” We believe that so many people get tied up in the technicalities of the art and administration, that they forget to walk on stage and, “Just Sing!”. We strive to do this by having everything ready in advance, and having our skills up to ‘snuff so that when it comes to concert time, we can “Just Sing!”.
Engaging our audience is very important to us. We do this by performing innovative concerts, and asking our audience to become part of them. We continuously pursue new songs and arrangments, and hope to present some of the most beautiful classical music ever written. At the same time, we are never afraid to bust out a classical arrangement of some Brittney Spears, or sing like the ‘Chimpmunks’ in the ‘Christmas Song’ if it helps bring our audience along for the ride!
The Men of Illumni are dedicated to our community and have consistently offered programs to help members of our community who may not otherwise by exposed to this type of music the chance to see our concerts. These programs have included free tickets for low income families & those in need, and free tickets for members of our Armed Services and their families.
Where are the girls? We get asked this question a lot. Illumni has made a consistent effort to engage female artists for all our concerts, and we have yet to host a concert without one! Guests Artists have included: Soprano Jennifer Ceresa of Seattle Opera & the Seattle Choral Company, Cora Rueter Foster of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Harpist Tealah Hill of the Tacoma Symphony, Melanie Hariss – our first Associate Conductor, and the award winning local LiveWire Quartet! We thank these talented ladies for being part of our shows.
Well, that’s about it for ‘who we are’. We’ll leave some information below about what the group has done in the past 1.5 years. If you’d like to support Illumni and what we do, you can visit the Support link on the left had side of our web page, or even grab a copy of our CD ‘Lux Spiritu’, also linked on the left. We love to hear from our fans, so please add us on Facebook or Twitter, and say hi!
The Men of Illumni