Corvallis Choir offers free concert

The Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis will perform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at Atonement Lutheran Church, located at 2315 N Coast Highway in Newport. (Courtesy photo)

Atonement Lutheran Church will sponsor a free concert performed by the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis on Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. The church is located at 2315 N Coast Highway in Newport.

The choir includes more than 40 volunteer singers in all ranges. Carol Nelson is the director. Dr. Bob Thompson will provide organ accompaniment, and Beth Atchley and Lucy Watts will add piano accompaniment.

This choir has set a standard of musical excellence in Benton County and surrounding areas for more than 25 years. The ensemble has toured the world, bringing its artistry and message to thousands across the globe. The choir has performed Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor with the State Academic Russian Choir and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The performers have toured Great Britain, singing in Salisbury Cathedral in London, as well as in York, Wales and Scotland.

Twenty-two of the singers participated with the Jonathan Griffith Singers, performing Mozart’s Requiem in Prague and two other towns in the Czech Republic. The entire choir was invited to participate in the national premier of the Ellingboe Requiem, directed by Bradley Ellingboe, in Carnegie Hall in 2010. The choir also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. during the National Memorial Day Choral Festival in 2015.

The choir has performed in many other cities across the country and around the world. Most recently, the choir was invited by the Luther 2017 Reformation Response Organization and the German National Tourist Board to participate in the Luther Choral Festival, bringing music to several locations in a number of German cities. This tour was part of a worldwide celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.

The choir last performed in Newport in November of 2017 as part of the Reformation celebrations in Oregon that year.

The musical offerings during the upcoming concert will include classical, sacred songs from Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, contemporary composers and those of the choir’s own resident member composer, Judith Walls Freema.

The concert will conclude with the spectacular Hallelujah Chorus from GF Handel’s Messiah. At the request of the choir, Atonement’s own Chancel Choir will join the group for this finale.

While the performance is free, the choir suggests an offering of non-perishable food items to benefit the Newport Food Pantry as a contribution to the event.