French shepherds, African drums and a Spanish donkey, joined by some Tacoma compositions, are among the musical offerings this weekend at the Northwest Repertory Singers’ annual holiday concerts. “From Proctor to Prague: An International Christmas” does exactly what the title suggests, combining locally-written carols with ones from Asia, Africa, America and Europe for a global choral experience.
“We have assembled music from several countries that would be well-known to their citizens,” said NWRS director Paul Schultz. “The carols and familiar melodies will beautifully capture rich traditions from around the globe.”
Among the local composers is Schultz’ wife Donna, a respected regional and national composer (“Carol,” on a poem by Thomas Merton), as well as NWRS associate conductor Kyle Haugen (a carol based on a Slovakian poem) and Tacoma soprano Erin Guinup (a setting of “Good King Wenceslas”). Two of the works will be world premieres.
Other carols include a Russian song of Mary, African carols with percussion, a French carol about shepherds and a Spanish one about a donkey, plus works from Asia and the American Southwest.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Pre-concert lecture 6:30 p.m. $20 general/$17 seniors, students, military/free for under-12. Please bring food donations for FISH Food Bank. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma. 253-265-3042, nwrs.org