CANW is honored to join Opus 7, Seattle Pro Musica, Seattle Choral Company, Cascadian Chorale and a host of individual singers and instrumentalists in a season-long celebration of the beloved Seattle composer Bern Herbolsheimer. Our season opening performance will feature three of Herbolsheimer’s works for choir: It Was Not You, Beati Quorum Via, and I Am the Vine.
Herbolsheimer passed away earlier this year at the untimely age of 67, and left a hole in the Seattle musical world that stretches across the opera, ballet, symphonic and (in particular) choral communities. “We had the enormous privilege of working with Bern, commissioning, performing and recording over 30 of his choral works for over 20 years,” said Loren Pontén, director of Opus 7, the resident choral ensemble at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. “He gave generously of his time and, of course, his gift of his incredible music.”
Many of us within CANW were close both personally and professionally to Bern, and we’re honored to be kicking off the Herbolsheimer Festival with our September 25 concert!