The Tudor Choir

2366 Eastlake Avenue East, Suite 335, Seattle, Washington 98102

Tel (206) 323-9415     Fax (206) 322-3119

Email  info@tudorchoir.org     Internet  www.tudorchoir.org

Doug Fullington, Artistic Director     Dawn Elwell, General Manager

 

 

October 4, 2005                                                                       Contact: Dawn Elwell, General Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE                                                                Tel (206) 323-9415

 

 

The Tudor Choir kicks off

the holiday season with a

rousing concert of Americana

joined by guest fiddler Cathie Whitesides

 

 

 

American Folk Holiday

 

WHAT:                       Tudor Choir concert of American holiday music, including singing and fiddling in the New England and Appalachian traditions with guest fiddler Cathie Whitesides, plus Shaker music for Christmas.  Performance reflects the music on   the Tudor Choir’s CD, An American Christmas.

 

WHEN:                       Friday, November 25, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. (Thanksgiving weekend)

WHERE:                    Town Hall, 8th & Seneca in downtown Seattle

 

TICKETS:                  $25 general admission; $20 seniors, $15 students

                                    Call the Tudor Choir at (206) 323-9415 or purchase online at www.tudorchoir.org

 

 

Seattle – The Tudor Choir kicks off the holiday season with AMERICAN FOLK HOLIDAY, a fun and lively performance of early American music from New England, Appalachian and Shaker traditions.  Featuring lively fiddle tunes of the New England and Appalachian schools, the choir's program will offer audiences the opportunity to hear holiday fare from the variety of traditions that combine to create America's musical heritage.  AMERICAN FOLK HOLIDAY is a perfect performance for families, friends and children to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend and the start of the holiday season.  Raucous tunes in the shapenote tradition; simple, heartfelt Shaker melodies; and the proud and vigorous New England “primitive” style will take the audience on a journey discovering America’s vital and inspiring early music.

 

AMERICAN FOLK HOLIDAY will be performed over Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall, 8th & Seneca in downtown Seattle.  Tickets are $25 for regular admission, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students.  Tickets may be purchased from the Tudor Choir office by calling (206) 323-9415 or online at www.tudorchoir.org. 

 

The Tudor Choir, Seattle’s professional vocal chamber ensemble directed by Doug Fullington, is well-known both for its command of Renaissance polyphony and its definite performances of early American music, which few groups of similar stature and style can boast.  Mr. Fullington and the Tudor Choir have established themselves as leading interpreters of early American music.  Their Shapenote Album is regarded as the definitive professional recording of the shapenote genre and is regularly featured on National Public Radio. In 1998 the Tudor Choir performed shapenote music live on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.  The choir’s Shaker CD Gentle Words “triumphs on every level” according to Fanfare magazine’s Craig Zeichner (Sept/Oct 2001): “If you care about American music or the art of sublime choral singing, I implore you to buy this recording.”  Those familiar with the Tudor Choir’s “exquisite, subtle singing of 16th century English anthems” will be surprised and thrilled at the, “raucous, four-square harmonies,” which the choir pursues with “passionate directness,” as described by Philippa Kiraly of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

 

AMERICAN FOLK HOLIDAY reflects music that is on the Tudor Choir’s CD, An American Christmas, featuring holiday tunes in the shapenote tradition, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Heritage and Preservation program.  In these troubling times, this holiday music lifts our spirits while reminding us of the importance of our history.  An American Christmas will be available for purchase at the concert or from the Tudor Choir at www.tudorchoir.org.

 


BIOGRAPHIES

The Tudor Choir presents an annual subscription series of Renaissance polyphony presented in the Seattle area, where the choir is both an Artist-in-Residence at St. Mark's Cathedral and a Resident Ensemble at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina. The Tudor Choir has also performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group. They have performed in conjunction with Seattle Opera, recorded for Seattle Symphony Orchestra's Musically Speaking series and performed live on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion broadcast.

Doug Fullington and the Tudor Choir have established themselves as leading interpreters of early American music. Their Shapenote Album is regarded as the definitive professional recording of the shapenote genre and is regularly played on National Public Radio. Other recent recordings, Simple Gifts and An American Christmas have reinforced this reputation. The choir will record another shaker album in April of 2006.

The Tudor Choir recently has won inclusion on two touring rosters – Early Music America's National Star Spangled Season roster (to promote U.S.-based early music groups to U.S. presenters) and the King County Arts Commission's Touring Arts Roster (which promotes local groups to area presenters).

The ensemble has cultivated relationships with a number of world-renowned conductors, and has sung under the direction of Stephen Cleobury (King's College, Cambridge, England), Martin Haselböck (Vienna), Paul Hillier (Hilliard Ensemble, Theatre of Voices), Andrew Parrott (Taverner Choir) and Peter Phillips (The Tallis Scholars). They have made five compact disc recordings: The Shapenote Album, a collection of American shapenote tunes; Fair with her Firstborn, English chant, polyphony and carols for Christmas; Gentle Words: Shaker Songs arranged by Kevin Siegfried; An American Christmas, shapenote carols from New England and Appalachia; and Jacob Clemens non Papa – Requiem and Motets, a disc of Flemish polyphony. Gentle Words received an outstanding review in the September/October 2004 issue of Fanfare magazine: "This recording triumphs on every level. If you care about American music or the art of sublime choral singing, I implore you to buy this recording."

Doug Fullington is the founder and Artistic Director of the Tudor Choir, a professional vocal ensemble established in 1993. He is a specialist in music of Tudor England and also early American music, both of which inform the Tudor Choir's repertoire.  An accomplished countertenor, Doug performs with the Tudor Choir under guest conductors and has sung frequently with The Tallis Scholars. Mr. Fullington also has conducted singers in studio sessions for film soundtracks. The Tudor Choir has made five CD recordings that are distributed through Loft recordings and Gothic Records, which have been featured on national radio broadcasts leading to a live appearance on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. The choir has performed under Paul Hillier (Hilliard Ensemble, Theatre of Voices), Andrew Parrott (Taverner Choir and Consort), Peter Phillips (The Tallis Scholars) and Stephen Cleobury (King's College, Cambridge) and also with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Doug teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Washington's School of Music, where he is an auxiliary member of the faculty. He also coaches ensembles preparing for performances of Tudor music. Recent coaching engagements include the Eastside's Cascadian Chorale and the Rose Ensemble of St. Paul, MN. Doug Fullington also prepares editions of Tudor and other Renaissance vocal music for such groups as The Tallis Scholars and the New York-based ensemble Vox.  Doug Fullington received his Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music (concurrent degree in Music History), Masters Degree (Music History) and Juris Doctor from the University of Washington Seattle, where he has since served as guest faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate music history and performance courses, including the University's Collegium Musicum. 

 

Cathie Whitesides fiddles Celtic, Anglo-American, and Eastern European music with soul and a passionate dedication to distinct ethnic styles that has won her national recognition.  Hometown Café, her latest album, features selections from all these cultures plus some of Cathie's finest original tunes.
                Since 1980 Cathie has been deeply involved in country dance music, playing for contra and square dancing, English country dancing, and step dancing of several styles, performing and teaching fiddle at camps and festivals throughout the United States and Canada. Cathie colloborates regularly with Laurie Andres as The Rhythm Rollers, and with many other musicians.
                In San Francisco in the 1970s Cathie played regularly in Irish bands with Kevin Keegan and Joe Cooley, recorded Cape Breton and Irish music with Barbara Magone, Slavic and Romanian music with Hatsegana, and toured Russia with the American Dance Friendship Tour.
                In partnership with Hank Bradley Cathie has performed at Bumbershoot, Victory Music concerts, the Heritage Festival, and for the Ethnic Heritage Council, as well as faculty positions at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and Brasstown Appalachian Week.

 

For further press information, contact Dawn Elwell, General Manager, at (206) 323-9415.