MUSIC: Whitworth Choir concerts feature local high school choirs

Whitworth University Choir Concert performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court.

The program includes choir director Marc A. Hafso’s “Missa Pacem” (”Mass of Peace”), a 23-minute work featuring Whitworth soloists, mixed chorus, piano and percussion. Other works include selections from Benjamin Britten’s “Five Flower Songs,” Charles Ives’ “Circus Band” for mixed chorus and piano four-hands, and songs from Africa and North America.

An introductory portion of the concert will be sung jointly with choirs from Sehome and Bellingham high schools, directed by Jessica Schlicting and Linda Short, respectively.

Whitworth Choir also performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty St., in Lynden, with the Lynden Christian High School Choir, directed by Ryan Smit.

The concerts are free, with donations appreciated. Details: 360-733-8860.