Event Details

Follow the Star - The Ballad of the Brown King
Annual Cathedral Christmas 2022

Hosting Ensemble: Seattle Choral Company
Event Type: Concert
Ticket Prices: $25 (general), $20 (senior), $5 (student). Child 6-11 n/c At the door: $30 (general), $24 (senior).
Event Dates:
Saturday, December 10, 2022Dec 10, 2022, 8:00pm at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, WA


“Of the three wise men
Who followed the star,
One was a brown king
From afar.”

Langston Hughes

This special annual holiday event will amplify messages of diversity and hope for
this festive season. The Ballad of the Brown King, a Christmas cantata composed
by Margaret Bonds, in collaboration with poet Langston Hughes, will be
performed in Seattle for the first time. Written in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr,
Bonds’ nine-movement choral work focuses on Balthazar, the “Brown King” of
the Three Kings, who traveled to Bethlehem to witness the nativity scene.
Seasonal works composed and arranged by musicians of color round out this
family holiday tradition. As always, a candlelit rendition of Silent Night concludes
the concert.

Pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. with SCC Director Freddie Coleman

Follow the Star - The Ballad of the Brown King
Follow the Star - The Ballad of the Brown King

Ensemble Photos

Seattle Choral Company. The Seattle Choral Company is a Resident Artist at Saint Mark's Cathedral. Photo by Danielle Barnum.
Seattle Choral Company. The Seattle Choral Company is a Resident Artist at Saint Mark's Cathedral. Photo by Danielle Barnum.