Chorus celebrates America June 29
June 24, 2014
By Rachel Osgood
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Pickering Barn, where Master Chorus Eastside will hold its 14th annual Celebrate America concert.
“The concert is very informal and a lot of fun, with ample opportunity for the audience to sing along” said Dr. Linda Gingrich, artistic director and conductor of the chorus. “We tend to do a lot of watching in our culture, and it is important to keep these songs and traditions alive as we sing together.”
This year’s concert focuses on the great American oratory tradition with excerpts from historical speeches, such as Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech.
“The audience can look forward to being entertained and learning about the history of our country,” chorus member Jody Warren said. “The whole learning experience is enhanced as it is presented through music of the era.”
The concert will also highlight the 200th anniversary of the national anthem with early and sing-along renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
“The purpose of the concert is to bring the Issaquah community together to memorialize our nation’s independence through music,” Gingrich said.
If You Go
The chorus is now in its 23rd season. The group mostly performs on the Eastside, but has appeared at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, throughout Western Washington and on the Argosy Christmas ship.