Everett Chorale’s holiday concert soothed a Grinch’s heart

On Dec. 8, I had the pleasure of attending the Everett Chorale Holiday Concert at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

Since I am generally somewhat of a Grinch at this time of year, it is high praise to say that I thought it, perhaps, the most entertaining and uplifting holiday choral concert I have ever attended. The group’s director, Jennifer Rodgers, engaged the audience from the start with her down-to-earth but thoughtful anecdotes about each of the pieces performed.

Besides the competent keyboard accompanist, she wisely included an expert brass quintet who ensured that the place was swinging from the start. The chorale singing was solid and sensitive.

Eyes glued to each other throughout, the singers and leader melded to one huge force of confidence, hope and joy, seemingly forgetting that their audience was even present in their enthusiasm of working together to produce such a wondrous sound.

And when the audience, music in hand, joined the performers in a rousing singing of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” all the stops were out, and even we Grinches felt tears of joy in our eyes and a semblance of holiday spirit emerging somewhere deep within. Surely, the Everett Chorale is a local treasure.

Jeanne Aldrich

Lynnwood

Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Friday, March 3

A sketchy look at the day in the coronavirus outbreak (and politics).… Continue reading

Editorial: States on their own to produce medical supplies

States and their manufacturers now have to make up for the federal government’s lack of preparation.

Commentary: Outbreak among farm workers would be catastrophe

Many farms already are facing labor shortages; an outbreak among workers could hurt food production.

Herald homework: We have so many heroes in our lives

I dedicate this letter to all of the heroes around us. First,… Continue reading

Let hospital workers know they are appreciated

I want to thank all those working at Providence Colby Campus for… Continue reading

If you don’t need financial aid, pass it on to those who do

Many people are suffering financially from the COVID-19 crisis while others have… Continue reading

Bailout money for Boeing rewards bad decisions

Let’s play Jeopardy: In 2019, this company (reluctantly) grounded its fleet of… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, April 2

A sketchy look at the day in the coronavirus outbreak (and politics).… Continue reading

Editorial: Sacrifices against COVID daunting but necessary

$2.2 trillion is a heavy price to pay but Americans and businesses need help to continue the fight.

Most Read