January 15, 2013
Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions for openings in its tenor and bass sections for the remainder of the season.
Interested singers must have choral experience and basic music-reading skills. Call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 392-8446 to schedule audition appointments. Learn more about the chorus at www.masterchoruseastside.org.
Upcoming events for the chorus include Sound Imaginarium in March, a Simply Gershwin concert in May and the popular All-American Independence Celebration in June at Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn.
November 27, 2012
Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.
Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.
Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org
Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer
June 19, 2012
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. Read more
August 16, 2011
Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions in all sections in preparation for the 2011-12 season, including a collaborative performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.
The season includes holiday concerts in Sammamish and Kirkland in December, a concert celebration of all things Celtic in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day in March, and the Verdi “Requiem” in April, in conjunction with several other local choruses and orchestra. The chorus will conclude its season in June with two performances of its popular All-American Independence Celebration in Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn.
All interested singers must have choral experience and basic music reading ability. Get an audition appointment by calling 392-8446. Learn more about the chorus at www.masterchoruseastside.org.
June 21, 2011
Master Chorus Eastside kicks off the Fourth of July with its 13th annual All-American Independence Celebration in Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn on June 26.
The chorus will perform American music of all styles, including early Americana pieces, frontier music, gospel and sing-a-longs. Master Chorus Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Linda Gingrich and several chorus members will complement the musical arrangements with “tall tales,” Gingrich said.
She uses her signature commentary as a vehicle to help the audience connect with the concert.
“Commentary usually includes some historical information or information about how the composer may have come to write the piece,” she said. “I try to build the commentary into the form of a story to help the audience understand what they’re listening to.”
The theme of this year’s Independence Celebration, American Legends, provides a repertoire of songs and stories representing John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Chief Joseph and Davy Crockett.
June 7, 2011
Shakespeare on the Green is due to return to the Issaquah Community Center next month — and the “Macbeth” performance is safe, after state legislators approved a last-minute measure to shore up funding for the King County cultural services agency, 4Culture.
In addition to Shakespeare on the Green — from the Seattle Shakespeare Co. — dollars from 4Culture fund dozens of other programs in the community. Overall, 4Culture allocated more than $50,000 to arts, cultural and heritage organizations in the Issaquah area for 2011. Some organizations, such as the Seattle Shakespeare Co., could not offer Issaquah programs without the funding.
City Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes said funding from 4Culture is important because dollars allotted through the Arts Sustained Support Program can be used for operating costs.
“That’s really hard funding to replace,” she said. “Most funders want their funding to go toward specific programming, so the fact that 4Culture gives out this funding that’s unrestricted is a huge benefit.”
Lawmakers passed the 4Culture legislation as the last bill before the special legislative session adjourned May 25.
March 22, 2011
Master Chorus Eastside is lending a hand to disaster victims in Japan.
The organization — and its many members from Issaquah and Sammamish — plans a fund drive for the earthquake-stricken nation as part of the Bach “St. John Passion” concert at 3 p.m. March 27. The concert is at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Learn more at the chorus’ website, www.masterchoruseastside.org.
Proceeds from the concert support relief efforts by Federal Way-based World Vision, a faith-based nonprofit organization.
World Vision is working around the clock in a hard-hit coastal community, Minami Sanriku.
“These needs I’m seeing in my own country are as bad as anything I’ve seen globally,” World Vision Relief Manager Kenjiro Ban said. “Priority needs include supplies for babies and small children, and next steps will include setting up child-friendly spaces, which are safe places for children where they can be protected, have structure and playtime, and begin to deal with the stress of the traumatic events they’ve just experienced.”
February 8, 2011
CrossPath Counseling & Consultation gets new counselor
CrossPath Counseling & Consultation in Sammamish welcomes Wayne Dykstra MA, LMHC, to its counseling staff.
Dykstra is an experienced psychotherapist and holds a master’s degree in psychology from Seattle University. He has counseled youth and families regarding a wide variety of issues including family conflict, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
In addition, he is a certified child and adolescent mental health specialist. He will be available by appointment, Monday to Saturday, at the CrossPath offices in Sammamish Commons Park, 550 222nd Place S.E., Sammamish.
December 14, 2010
Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions for openings in the alto, tenor and bass sections for the remainder of its season.
The chorus presents J.S. Bach’s “St. John Passion” in March, and in celebration of its 20th season, a retrospective of time called “Seasons of Life” in May. The season concludes in June with its popular “All-American Independence Celebration” at Pickering Barn.
All interested singers must have choral music experience and basic music reading ability. For an audition appointment, call 392-8446. Learn more at www.masterchorus-eastside.org.
November 30, 2010
For 20 years, Master Chorus Eastside has been gracing the Issaquah area with a variety of music and an abundance of skill.
The chorus will open its 20th season Dec. 4 at Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish with “A Victorian Christmas.” The performance will feature Victorian Christmas songs, like “Masters in This Hall” and “A Virgin Most Pure,” as well as more familiar Christmas songs, including “The 12 Days of Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” according to Conductor Linda Gingrich. Read more