Try out for Washington State Fair national anthem contest

February 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 19, 2015

The Washington State Fair presents the “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest where the winner gets to sing the national anthem as an opening for such acts as Keith Urban or “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Video entries are due by March 2.

Vocal and instrumental entries will be accepted. Video entries can be uploaded on YouTube or submitted by mail. See outline of the contest rules and procedures, plus complete lyrics of the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” at No entry fee is required.

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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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