Cannon Beach Chorus in performance

The Cannon Beach Chorus presents a number of concerts throughout the North Coast in May.

The Cannon Beach Chorus, under the direction of John Buehler with pianist Susan Buehler, will present its 29th annual spring concert in three different locations on the north Oregon coast.

Friday, May 5, 7 p.m., the chorus will perform at Peace Lutheran Church, 12th and Franklin in Astoria. On Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. performance at Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, Highway 101 and 10th Street, Nehalem. On Friday, May 12, 7 p.m. the chorus concludes at Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 E. Washington Street in Cannon Beach. Tickets are $10 with students age 16 and under admitted free; tickets can be purchased at 503-436-0378 or at the door.

The concert features Joseph Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo in addition to several American spirituals. The soloists for the Mass are: Margaret Page, Nehalem; Christina Pfister, Nehalem; and McKenzie Bauske, Seaside.

The spirituals performed are by composers Wm. Dawson, Moses Hogan, and Hal Johnson with arrangements by Shaw/Parker, Undine Smith Moore, Larry Fleming, and Jester Hairston. Adam Schwend, bass-baritone from Tillamook, will be the featured soloist on two of the spirituals. Formed in 1988, the Cannon Beach Chorus enjoys a long tradition of singing fine choral works that include pieces commissioned expressly for the chorus. Comprised of singers from communities that extend from Astoria to Tillamook, the chorus is currently preparing for a commissioned piece in celebration of their upcoming 30th anniversary.

In addition to performing beautiful and exciting music for audiences, the chorus awards a vocal scholarship to graduating seniors who wish to continue singing at the collegiate level. Currently Ellie Whitlock of Cannon Beach is the 2016-17 recipient of the Carol Homme Memorial Scholarship and is majoring in music at Pacific University in Forest Grove. For more information about the chorus, visit www.cannonbeachchorus.org.

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