Willamette University musicians to perform Winter Tour Homecoming Concert

The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers, under the direction of Wallace Long, will present their Winter Tour Homecoming Concert Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., at the university's Rogers Music Center. The concert is open to the public and free, although a goodwill donation is encouraged to help students pay for the tour through Oregon and California.

The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir's performance will include "Christus natus est" for double choir by Palestrina; "Harpsonnets" by James Bassi; and several choruses from Handel's, "Messiah." The Willamette Singers will perform selections, including "Icarus" by Ralph Towner, "In the Winelight" by Kurt Elling, "Minuano" by Pat Metheny, and "Poppity Pop" by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

The Willamette Chamber Choir is a 43-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," is a compilation of recordings from 2006-10 and was released in late 2010.

The Willamette Singers is a 16-member vocal jazz ensemble. The Singers' 14th CD, "Move on Over," was released in late 2010.

Both groups have recently performed at regional, national and international conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Oregon Music Educators Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators.

Several Willamette Choir members from the Salem area will perform, including: Stephen Branch, Kate Thurber and Eli Warren from South Salem High School; Brandon Busciglio, Dustin Daniel and Jack Martin from McNary High School; Natalie Yonkman from West Salem High School; Harris Long from Sprague High School; and Taylor Buchheit and Christiana Zollner from Silverton High School.