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Cannon Beach Chorus goes ‘Home for the Holidays’

Three performances on offer Dec. 1-3

Published on November 29, 2017 2:51PM

The Cannon Beach Chorus rehearses for performances that will celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary.

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The Cannon Beach Chorus rehearses for performances that will celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary.

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Susan Buehler, a pianist with the Cannon Beach Chorus, tickles the ivories of her baby grand in her home studio.

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Susan Buehler, a pianist with the Cannon Beach Chorus, tickles the ivories of her baby grand in her home studio.

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The Cannon Beach Chorus will present its winter concert, “Home for the Holidays,” at three separate locations the first weekend in December.

The performances will take place 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Warrenton Christian Church; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Cannon Beach Community Church; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Nehalem United Methodist Church.

Led by conductor John Buehler, the concert program will include “The Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint-Saëns, a nine-movement oratorio that proclaims the Christmas story by featuring the Chorus, soloists and ensembles.

The soloist and ensemble movements will feature singers within the Chorus, and Chorus pianist Susan Buehler will accompany the entire program.

Other works will include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Ave Maria” by Gounod based on Prelude I from “The Well-Tempered Clavichord” by J.S. Bach, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” made known by the male choral ensemble Chanticleer, “Jingle Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” “Beams of Gentle Light” (a song for Hanukkah), “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Peace, Peace.”


Celebrating 30 years


The Chorus was founded in 1988 and will soon celebrate its 30th anniversary, which will highlight a commissioned choral work from composer Daniel Gawthrop to commemorate the occasion.

The 60-voice non-audition Chorus is an advocate for choral music education and supports the area-wide public school choral programs, and also awards a vocal scholarship each spring to graduating high school seniors wishing to continue singing at the collegiate level.

For more information regarding the scholarship program and application/audition/interview process, visit the Chorus website cannonbeachchorus.org. The membership of the Chorus represents every community on the North Coast from Astoria to Oceanside.

“I love the camaraderie of our Chorus where singers of various religious backgrounds and from many coastal communities are united by their love of singing,” Chorus president Terrill Michelsen, of Wheeler, said. “I am carried away by the harmonies and the text of ‘The Christmas Oratorio.’ And there won’t be a dry eye in the house with our final concert selection of ‘Peace, Peace’ as the audience sings ‘Silent Night.’”

The admission fee to each concert is $10 for adults. Students 16 and under are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 503-436-0378 or at the door. For more information about the Chorus, ticket prices, leadership and more, visit cannonbeachchorus.org.



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