Winter choir tour brings Bieber and Basie to Oregon, California

by University Communications,

  • Willamette performers

Update (Jan. 9, 2017): Unfortunately, the choir tour had to be canceled due to the winter storm that paralyzed Oregon over the weekend.

Willamette’s Winter Choir Tour kicks off with a performance Jan. 7 at the university before traveling throughout Oregon and California.

The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers, directed by Wallace Long, will perform at 7 p.m. at Hudson Hall. 

Performances will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The McNary High School choir and the West Salem High School choir will also perform.

Selections by the Chamber Choir include William Mathias’ “Let the People Praise Thee, O God,” a song composed for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981, “Gloria” by Javier Busto and “Speak of Peace” by Allan Robert Petker. Vocal jazz ensemble Willamette Singers will perform “First Train Home” by Imogen Heap, “It’s Sandman” by William James “Count” Basie, “Kaleidoscope Heart” by Sara Bareilles, “Roller Coaster” by Justin Bieber and others.

The concert is free and open to the public. Goodwill donations are encouraged.

With the exception of the January 8 performance in Corvallis, the Willamette Singers will appear with the Chamber Choir for the duration of the tour. 

Schedule of performances

Corvallis, Oregon
When: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church of Corvallis
1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330
Guest performers: None.
Cost: Free. The worship service is open to the public.

Medford, Oregon
When: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Medford Congregational United Church of Christ*
1801 E. Jackson St. Medford, OR 97504
Guest performers: South Medford High School, North Medford High School, the Rogue Valley Youth Ensemble
Cost: Free. A goodwill donation is encouraged.
*Updated location as of Jan. 3. 

San Mateo, California
When: Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: St. Gregory Catholic Church
2715 Hacienda St., San Mateo, CA 94403
Guest performers: Sierra High School, Mercy High School, Mountain View High School
Cost: Free. A goodwill donation is encouraged.

Valencia, California
When: Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Valencia High School
27801 North Dickason Dr. Valencia, CA 91355
Guest performers: Valencia High School
Cost: Free. A goodwill donation is encouraged.

North Hollywood, California
When: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Campbell Hall School
4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91607
Guest performers: Campbell Hall School
Cost: Free.

Claremont, California
When: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.
Where: Claremont United Church of Christ Congregational
233 Harrison Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Guest performers: Claremont High School
Cost: Free. A goodwill donation is encouraged.

Redding, California
When: Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church
1825 East St., Redding, CA 9600
Guest performers: Shasta High School, Enterprise High School
Cost: Free. A goodwill donation is encouraged.

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