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The Concordia Choir, Bellingham

René Clausen will bring The Concordia Choir from Moorhead, Minn., to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St.


René Clausen will bring The Concordia Choir from Moorhead, Minn. -- winner of a Grammy Award last year -- to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St.

Tickets range from $5 to $20 and are available at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, online at, by calling (800) 838-3006 and at the door.

The recording "Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen" received the Grammy for Best Choral Performance in 2013.

The concert, part of the choir's 15-day, 2014 national tour of the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, also includes performances in Oregon, Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota.

The concert program includes the regional premiere of the new Hans Zimmer choral composition "Aurora," which Zimmer wrote as his artistic response to the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo.

Zimmer composed the film scores for the Batman trilogy, "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Superman - Man of Steel," "Sherlock Holmes," "Inception" and others. Clausen, a world-renowned composer and conductor conducts the 79-voice a cappella choir and is the artistic director of the Emmy- winning Concordia Christmas Concerts seen by audiences of 18,000 each year and televised nationally through PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).

Hear them by searching The Concordia Choir on YouTube.

Possible cut Clausen has written more than 100 commissioned compositions for ensembles across the world, including the St. Olaf Choir and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 national tragedy, he conducted his composition "Memorial" in Lincoln Center, New York City - a piece originally commissioned by the American Choral Director's Association.

A Feb. 2010 performance and recording session with the Grammy Award-winning King's Singers and multiple performances on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" radio show highlight the choir's world-class quality.

Touring nationally and internationally since 1918, The Concordia Choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States and continues to affirm its reputation as one of the nation's finest a cappella choirs.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Paul J. Christiansen, son of F. Melius Christiansen and conductor of The Concordia Choir for 49 years.


Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St., welcomes Lummi violinist Swil Kanim as the guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Feb. 23.

He will address the historical trauma experienced by indigenous peoples, and the personal trauma we have experienced in our lives when who we are has been denied or squelched, leaving painful wounds.

The service is preceded by an adult forum at 9:15 a.m. on "Composers from the Holocaust" with Yaniv Attar, conductor of Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. His talk will focus on music created during the Holocaust period, emphasizing, the works of Erwin Schulhoff and Laszlo Weiner. He will play some of this recorded music.

Attar is also an accomplished classical guitarist and will play the prelude for the Sunday service which follows his talk. He will be playing an aria from Villa Lobos's "Bachianas Braziliaras No. 5."

February is one of five months in which the fellowship's food bank collections go to Lummi Food Bank. There will be a special collection of food items or cash donations that morning.

Details: 360-733-3837,


Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers are playing at the Green Frog, 1015 N State St, Friday, Feb. 21 in Bellingham.

The Bellingham band plays a combo of reggae, rock and folk music

"Expect to feel a strong sense of love and prepare to dance and free yourself of anything, but a seriously good time," said Major Sturm, member of Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers.

The band consists of Major Sturm, vocals, guitar and piano, Nicholas Hoag, cello, Reid Immel, drums and Nick Taylor, 8-string.

The show starts at 9:30pm at the Green Frog and is $5 at the door.

More on the band at:


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