Chorus celebrates America June 29

June 24, 2014

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.

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Master Chorus Eastside concert celebrates Independence Day

June 10, 2014

Include Master Chorus Eastside in your pre-Fourth of July plans.

The vocal ensemble comprised largely of local residents returns to Issaquah for its annual Celebrate America concert.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. June 29 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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Master Chorus Eastside presents ‘Out of Africa’

April 29, 2014

Master Chorus Eastside presents “Out of Africa,” a celebration of the infectious choral music of Africa and the music of the Americas that grew out of the unique marriage of African and European music.

Revel in the contagious rhythms and percussive beat of South African freedom songs and other numbers, as well as African-inspired music: jazz, gospel, spirituals, samba and more, with a percussion ensemble.

The concert is at 3 p.m. May 18, at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

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Audition for Master Chorus Eastside

August 13, 2013

Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions in preparation for its upcoming 2013-14 season.

Tenors and basses are particularly needed, with limited openings in the soprano section. All interested singers must have choral experience and basic music reading ability.

Make an audition appointment by calling 392-8446. Learn more at

“Now beginning its 23nd season, Master Chorus Eastside enriches and unites our community through the joy of choral music while it seeks to grow into a nationally prominent chorus,” the group said in a release.


Master Chorus Eastside holds auditions

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

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.

Issaquah holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

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

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

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191,

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

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Master Chorus Eastside’s concert celebrates American music

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

Singers invited to audition for Master Chorus Eastside

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

Master Chorus Eastside summer concert celebrates America

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.

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Legislators salvage funding for Issaquah arts programs

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.

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