Longview native Rachel Brown, 21, is one of the solo vocalists in Western Washington University's Concert Choir's performance at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Leslie Guelker-Cone directs the choir, with the theme of "A Light in the Darkness: Songs of Hope and Comfort."
"The program selection reflects these varied themes as we join together to usher in the holiday season with songs that inspire and uplift us, bringing light to our wintry day," says Guelker-Cone.
Admission is $15 general, $10 students and seniors, available in advance at WWU's box office, Village Books and the Community Food Co-op.
Here's more on Rachel:
Question: What led to your studies in music at WWU?
Answer: I am studying vocal performance at Western; I am a senior in the program.
I first became interested in performing seriously during my time in my high school drama program. This is because my dad and my family were heavily involved with community theater and local productions.
Q: Why do you enjoy performing?
A: Growing up, I got the chance to grow up around lots of talented people and be exposed to different areas of performance. I think because of this I have always admired actors and singers and have always wanted to join them.
My best experiences on stage, as corny as it sounds, are every time I am on it. There is nothing better to me than being able to tell a story and make a connection with other people on stage and off.
Q: What kinds of music do you like to perform, and what do you listen to?
A: I tend to find songs/arias which have character development the most enjoyable. However, I tend to listen to a variety of different genres including anything from classical to pop to alternative.
Q: What are your plans after graduating?
A: After I finish my degree I will move on to graduate school and then the professional opera world. I am looking forward to singing in new places for and with new people for the rest of my life.
Q: What might people expect at this concert?
A: This concert is going to be very lovely. Attendees should expect to be inspired, lulled, and carried away by beautiful music.
This concert is about expressing love of music and of the seasons. And I think the most remarkable thing about WWU Concert Choir is our ability to convey so many different emotions, tones and sounds in the same concert. We constantly rehearse different characters and think very deeply on a personal level with the text.
I believe any audience member who decides to join us won't be disappointed.