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Everett Chorale celebrates French, American traditions in ‘collage’ Sunday

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By Gale Fiege
Herald Writer
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  • Lee Mathews directs the Everett Chorale in its final concert of its 48th season at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

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    Lee Mathews directs the Everett Chorale in its final concert of its 48th season at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

The Everett Chorale, under the direction of Lee Mathews, closes its 48th season with a spring concert Sunday at the Everett Performing Arts Center.
The concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, is titled “We're Paris Bound” and has a French focus coupled with American anthems.
“The first half of our program will emphasize the French portion of the chorale's musical collage,” said Mathews, who has directed the chorale for 21 years.
“The Requiem in D Minor by impressionist Gabriel Faure is a gorgeous staple of the choral repertoire. Written in 1888, it was first performed in the Madeleine Church in Paris where Faure was organist.”
Organist Kim Croft will perform along with baritone soloist Steve Torrence and soprano soloist Diana Lawrence.
After the intermission, the concert includes a set of contemporary sacred anthems highlighted by works by two Northwest composers, the late Alan Hovhaness and Gerald Kechley.
A group of traditional American spirituals to be performed includes “Good News,” “Let Us Break Bread Together” and “Simple Gifts” by Marie Pooler.
The concert will conclude with two patriotic staples, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful” with organ accompaniment.
“By attending, our audiences help the Everett Chorale continue its mission of enriching the cultural life of our community,” Mathews said. “The chorale had its start nearly 50 years ago at Everett Junior College. Now, our community chorale has toured Europe and Asia and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.”
Most of the chorale members sang in school and college choirs and needed an outlet for their talents, Mathews said.
Tickets for “We're Paris Bound: A French and American Collage” are available by calling the performing arts center at 425-257-8600 or in person at the box office, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Prices are $16 general admission or $14 for seniors, students and military.

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