The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers, under the direction of Wallace Long, perform at 7:30 Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.
Choirs from Squalicum High School, under the direction of Andy Marshall; Bellingham High School, under the direction of Linda Short; and Sehome High School, under the direction of Jessica Schlichting; also will perform in the classical portion of the concert.
The concert will open with a vocal jazz performance by the Willamette Singers, followed by the high school groups and the Willamette Chamber Choir.
The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem.
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The Willamette Singers will perform “Air Mail Special” by Benny Goodman, “Stella by Starlight” by Victor Young, and “Sent for You Yesterday” by William “Count” Basie.
The Willamette Chamber Choir is a 44-voice ensemble that performs throughout the Northwest. Archbishop Desmond Tutu invited the choir to perform in South Africa in 2004, and music from their South African tour is featured on their fifth CD, “Thula Sizwe: A Celebration of Hope.” Their latest CD, “The New Moon,” a compilation, was released in 2010.
The Willamette Singers is a 17-member vocal jazz ensemble. The Singers’ 18th CD, “Love, My Old Friend,” was released in this fall.
DownBeat Magazine selected the Singers as the “Best Large Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble” in the nation for 2013-14.
The concert is free, with donations encouraged. Details: 360-733-3837.