More than 120 singers will fill the stage when Northwest Repertory Singers and the Tacoma Youth Chorus combine talents for “Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration” Saturday, March 8.
This is the second time these two premiere choral groups have collaborated for a memorable evening of music. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma’s Proctor District.
“Tacoma Sings: A Generational Collaboration” will include a diverse repertoire of songs, including spirituals, a love song based on a text by Sara Teasdale, an ethereal song about sleep, and a humorous piece about commonly used Italian terminology found in music. There will be some fine soloists of all ages, including a performance by a “true diva.”
“Tacoma Youth Chorus is a first-class organization, with great teachers, strong leadership at all levels, and fine accompanists,” said NWRS Artistic Director Dr. Paul Schultz. “Everyone is committed to achieving excellence at the highest artistic level, and that is a perfect match with the mission of NWRS.”
NWRS and TYC will perform individual songs and then combine for several selections to close the concert.
“To see the young singers standing side by side with the NWRS adults, singing with the same passion and joy, will bring tears to the eyes of many,” said Schultz. “For me, it’s a picture of young people realizing that singing is a lifelong experience.”
NWRS is a 60-voice choral group now in its 13th season. The high-school-age ensembles of Tacoma Youth Chorus include the Young Women's Choir, the Young Men's Choir, and the Chorale. The 69 young musicians are led by Judith Herrington, artistic director and founder.
Schultz and Herrington will present a half-hour pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Food donations for the North End FISH food bank will be accepted.
Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 and are $18 general admission, and $15 for senior/student/military. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are also available by calling 253-265-3042.