Seattle Choir Offers Tickets to Nonprofits for Needy Clients to Attend Holiday Concerts on Dec. 14 & 15

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The Joyful! Noise community choir is offering free tickets to Seattle-area nonprofits for their clients who could not otherwise afford to attend the choir’s fifth annual holiday concert, "Winter's Promise," on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church.

Joyful! Noise Holiday Concert

5th Annual Joyful! Noise Concert

The wish to create a joyful community inspired Jeff and Melissa Thirloway, who welcome those who cannot otherwise attend their concerts because of ticket costs.

The wish to create a joyful community inspired Jeff and Melissa Thirloway to found Joyful! Noise choir in 2010. Part of their vision for that community is to welcome those who could not otherwise attend their concerts because of ticket costs. During each concert season, they invite nonprofit organizations to request up to 10 tickets each to distribute to clients who would like to attend their concerts but cannot afford tickets. Past organizations that have used tickets include Bailey-Boushay House, Cancer Lifeline, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Recovery Café and Mary’s Place.

The “Winter’s Promise” holiday concert takes place on Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic sanctuary of Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue, in Seattle. To receive free tickets for the concerts, representatives of Seattle-area nonprofits and agencies should email Melissa Thirloway or call her at 425-941-1399. Up to 10 tickets per organization are available. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and youth and free for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets.

Conductor and artistic director Jeff Thirloway focused on the season of winter, filled with promise and expectation, in his choice of pieces for the “Winter’s Promise” concert. “This music celebrates our innermost spiritual and emotional yearnings,” he said, “and it also takes us to the warm indoor surroundings of friends and customs long cherished.” Representative selections include Manhattan Transfer’s “Snowfall,” the traditional Swedish carol “Koppängen,” a gospel rendition of “The Hallelujah Chorus” and “Night of Silence,” Daniel Kantor’s exquisite melding of his original melody and text with “Silent Night.” A five-piece band and a little Christmas rock-and-roll round out the program. More information is available at the Joyful! Noise website and on Facebook.

Joyful! Noise community choir was founded in 2010 by conductor and artistic director Jeff Thirloway and his wife, Melissa Thirloway, a vocal performer, teacher and coach. The 35-member choir typically performs in the spring and the holiday season and rehearses at Seattle First Baptist Church. The choir welcomes new members with musical skills of all levels and provides support to grow as a singer and choir member. To audition, contact Melissa Thirloway.

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