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Cannon Beach Chorus warms up for ‘All-American’ season

Rehearsals begin Jan. 8 at Community Church

Published on January 4, 2018 12:07AM

Last changed on January 4, 2018 12:42AM

The Cannon Beach Chorus rehearses in preparation for performances that will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group.

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The Cannon Beach Chorus rehearses in preparation for performances that will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group.

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John Buehler conducts the Cannon Beach Chorus during a rehearsal.

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John Buehler conducts the Cannon Beach Chorus during a rehearsal.

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CANNON BEACH — The Cannon Beach Chorus, under the direction of John Buehler, will begin rehearsals for the spring 2018 season 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in the Cannon Beach Community Church (132 E. Washington St.).

The spring season, titled “All-American,” will feature choral repertoire composed or arranged by American composers, beginning with a Navajo prayer — “Now I Walk in Beauty” by Gregg Smith — and concluding with “No End To Singing,” a piece composed in 2017 by Daniel Gawthrop.

The concert will also feature the premier performance of a 30th anniversary piece written by Gawthrop and commissioned by the Chorus.

Other works to be performed include “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson; “To God Our Strength,” arranged by Shaw-Parker; “Hail, Sacred Music, Hail” by 18th-century composer William Billings; “Alleluia,” composed by 20th-century composer Ralph Manuel; Edwin Fissinger arrangements of three Stephen Foster songs; a repeat performance of “I Hear the Stars Still Singing” by 21st-century composer J. Michael Saunders and commissioned for the Chorus’ 25th anniversary; plus selections from the musical “Guys and Dolls.”

The 60-voice non-audition Chorus is an advocate for choral music education and supports the areawide 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 on the scholarship program and application/audition/interview process, visit cannonbeachchorus.org. The membership of the Chorus represents every community on the North Coast, from Astoria to Oceanside.

The Chorus welcomes new members! For anyone interested, more information can be found at cannonbeachchorus.org, or by calling 503-436-0378.



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