Master Chorus Eastside’s concert celebrates American music

June 19, 2012

By Staff

Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns once again to Issaquah’s Pickering Barn in two performances to commemorate the Fourth of July.

American music of all styles, including early Americana, folk tunes, spirituals and others stand side by side with Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration on June 24.

This year’s theme is The American Melting Pot, and the songs, stories and sing-alongs that play a vital role in the concert will examine the immigrant experience and the many threads that have intertwined to create American culture.

If you go

Celebrate America concert

  • 3 and 7 p.m., June 24
  • Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
  • Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for students, and children 9 and younger are free. Admission is $38 for families. Tickets are available at 392-8446, online at or at the door.

The chorus will feature The Bottom Line Duo as special guests, a talented cello/string bass (and sometimes ukulele) husband-and-wife team known for their witty sense of humor.

Now in its 21st season, the chorus enriches and unites the community through the joy of choral music as it grows into a nationally recognized chorus.

In keeping with this vision the chorus presents a four-concert season and is known for its programming.

Its 2012-13 season included a collaborative performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” in Benaroya Hall in April, March’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and The Many Worlds of Christmas in December.

The chorus performs mainly on the Eastside, but has appeared at Benaroya Hall, throughout Western Washington and in numerous performances on the Argosy Christmas ship.

All concerts feature commentary by Gingrich, a longtime Issaquah resident and founder and conductor of Master Chorus Eastside.

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