By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
If you ask basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman what would help bring people together in peace, he would probably say a game of hoops.
If you ask Everett Chorale music director Lee Mathews, he would say song.
“If the world and our society could only sing together, the world would be a much more peaceful place,” Mathews said. “We often refer to music as the universal language so if we can make use of that universal language the differences with our next door neighbor or whoever would simply calm down and we’d sing a few songs.”
Mathews said that he makes a point before every concert to mention the important connection between song and peace. That was his “very strong motivation” to have a concert based entirely on the peace theme.
“It’s also very timely what with what’s going on in Palestine and Syria and those places and even in Korea,” where Rodman recently became an unlikely ambassador when he visited with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reportedly a fellow basketball fan.
“Let There Be Peace” is the Everett Chorale’s spring concert Sunday at Everett Performing Arts Center.
Some highlights of the concert will be “Earth Song,” a gorgeous piece, along with “The Prayer of St. Francis,” Mathews said.
“It’s a very timely piece what with the new Pope Francis being named and we just happened to pick that song to be on the program but I think it’s kind of neat,” Mathews said.
The sing-along will be “Let There be Peace.”
“The audience will want to hum along so everybody will get a chance to sing it,” Mathews said.
The featured soloists for the concert will be Lori DeAnn Williams, soprano; Shauna Croft, alto; Jon Cummings, tenor; and Steve Torrence, bass.
This year, the Everett Chorale is in its 47th season and this concert is meant to inspire with songs promoting love, peace and harmony.
The concert begins with “In Perfect Harmony” followed by Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzer” with four-hand accompaniment on the piano. John Jorgenson joins Kim Croft at the piano and the four soloists will be featured in some of these love song waltzes, according to press material.
Following the intermission, the chorale will present a medley of inspirational songs, some in different languages.
African songs include “Bonse Aba”, a traditional Zambian song; “Amani,” which is Swahili for “Peace”; and “Children of Peace.” You will also hear the expression “suluhisha, suluhiana” which means make peace with each other.
Some Hebrew selections that encourage truth, justice and peace will be “Al Shlosha D’varim” and “Ose Shalom.”
Other songs include “Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Peace,” “Deep Peace,” “In Harmony,” “I Dream A World” and “Earth Song.”
“The theme is from me, a sentimental romantic speaking from the heart,” Mathews said.
“Let There Be Peace” begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett.
Tickets are $16 and $14 with special discounts for groups of 10 or more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website at www.everettchorale.org, call the Everett Performing Arts Center at 425-257-8600, or visit the box office in downtown Everett between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Theresa Goffredo; 425-339-3424; email@example.com.