The Cannon Beach Chorus, under the direction of Dr. John Buehler, with pianist, Dr. Susan Buehler, will present its 29 annual Spring concert in three different locations on the north Oregon coast.
On Friday, May 5, 7:00 pm, the Chorus will perform at Peace Lutheran Church, 12th and Franklin in Astoria followed by a Sunday, May 7, 3:00 pm performance at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, Highway 101 and 10th Street, Nehalem. The final performance will be on Friday, May 12, 7:00 pm at Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 E. Washington Street in Cannon Beach.
Tickets are $10 with students age 16 and under admitted free and are available for purchase by calling 503-436-0378 or can be purchased at the door.
The concert will feature Joseph Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo in addition to several American spirituals. Composed c. 1778, the Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo is a brief mass of St. John of God and consists of six movements for Chorus, piano accompaniment, and soprano soloist. The soloists for the Mass are: Margaret Page, Nehalem; Christina Pfister, Nehalem; and McKenzie Bauske, Seaside.
The spirituals performed are by composers Wm. Dawson, Moses Hogan, and Hal Johnson with arrangements by Shaw/Parker, Undine Smith Moore, Larry Fleming, and Jester Hairston. Adam Schwend, bass-baritone from Tillamook, will be the featured soloist on two of the spirituals. Formed in 1988, the Cannon Beach Chorus enjoys a long tradition of singing fine choral works that include pieces commissioned expressly for the Chorus. Comprised of singers from communities that extend from Astoria to Tillamook, the Chorus is currently preparing for a commissioned piece in celebration of their upcoming 30th anniversary.
In anticipation of the upcoming concerts, Chorus president, Terrill Michelsen states, “I live for Monday nights! Rehearsing the great music that our director, Dr. John, brings to us, gives me immense peace and joy. When our rehearsals culminate in our concerts, it is thrilling to see the happiness we bring to our audience.”
In addition to performing beautiful and exciting music for audiences, the Chorus awards a vocal scholarship to graduating seniors who wish to continue singing at the collegiate level. Currently Ms. Ellie Whitlock of Cannon Beach is the 2016-2017 recipient of the Carol Homme Memorial Scholarship and is majoring in music at Pacific University in Forest Grove. For more information about the Chorus, visit the website www.cannonbeachchorus.org.