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Central Coast Chorale presents Earth Day concerts
Join the Central Coast Chorale for our spring “Anything Goes” concerts. This year we offer an Earth Day theme with choral music about the earth, oceans and sky. The concert will be presented at four venues. We will sing 7 pm, Friday, April 22nd at Community Presbyterian Church in Waldport; 4 pm, Saturday, April 23rd at Yachats Community Presbyterian Church; 4 pm, Sunday, April 24th at First Presbyterian Church of Newport; 4pm, Sunday, May 1st at the Congregational Church of Lincoln City. All concerts have a suggested donation of $10 for admission. For more information, call Chorale Director Mary Lee Scoville at 541-563-6830.
The concert will open, as is our tradition, with our small group, Women of Note, singing an arrangement of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”. The chorus will then introduce the Earth Day theme with the pure harmonies of John Rutter’s well-known Anglican anthem “For the Beauty of the Earth.” We’ll present American composers Houston Bright and Frank Ticheli’s settings of poems that speak to a search for peace and love in our world in “The Stars Are with the Voyager” and “Earthsong.” Works by Leanne Veitch and David Long offer Native American views of the moon and will feature our guest artists playing didgeridoos. A high point of the event will be Eric Whitacre’s imaginative work “Cloudburst” based on the poetry of Octavio Paz. The choir actually performs sounds of the rainstorm!
Women of Note will add an international accent with “Songs from the Sea” by Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen and “Three Spanish Ballads” by Eugene Butler as well as a lovely evocation of sunset in Mary Lynn Lightfoot’s “The River Sleeps beneath the Sky.”
Several pieces will be performed a cappella and others will be accompanied on piano by Milo Graamans with percussion by Pete Theodore. We are also excited to welcome guest didgeridoo artists Adonis Tegner and Seth McCaslin.
The Central Coast Chorale has been bringing choral music to Oregon’s Central Coast since 1997. We are pleased to be able to perform this concert in so many coastal communities this season. For more information about the chorale please visit our website at www.centralcoastchorale.com.