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Cannon Beach Chorus delivers ‘All-American’ concerts

Performances take place May 4 in Astoria, May 5 in Nehalem, May 6 in Cannon Beach

Published on May 1, 2018 12:30PM

The Cannon Beach Chorus rehearses last year in preparation for the group’s 30th anniversary.

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The Cannon Beach Chorus rehearses last year in preparation for the group’s 30th anniversary.

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The Cannon Beach Chorus, under the direction of Dr. John Buehler, announces its 2018 spring performance season dates: 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Astoria Peace Lutheran Church; 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Cannon Beach Community Church.

The program, titled “All-American,” will feature choral works by American composers and arrangers from the 1700s to the present, as well as the premier performance of a 30th anniversary piece commissioned by composer Daniel Gawthrop.

Other works include “Now I Walk in Beauty,” a Navajo prayer set to music by Gregg Smith; “Psalm 81” and “Hail, Sacred Music, Hail,” both examples of early American choral pieces; a setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee?” by Stanley Glarum, an Oregon composer whose daughter is a member of the Chorus; “The Last Words of David” by American composer Randall Thompson; “Ye Followers of the Lamb,” based on a Shaker tune and arranged by Edwin Ferguson, an American composer; “Three Portraits” by southern composer Stephen Foster; and more.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. Students 16 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit the Chorus website, cannonbeachchorus.org, or contact 503-436-0378.

The 60-voice non-audition chorus advocates for choral music education and supports the area-wide public school choral programs. The organization awards a vocal scholarship each spring to graduating high school seniors wishing to continue singing at the collegiate level.

For more information about the scholarship program, visit the website. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the May concerts.


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