Choral music will fill Newport’s Atonement Lutheran Church this Sunday, May 5, as it hosts a free concert from the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis.
Directed by Carol Nelson, the choir includes more than 40 volunteer singers in all ranges, with organ accompaniment from Dr. Bob Thompson as well as Beth Atchley and Lucy Watts on piano.
This choir has set the standard for musical excellence in Benton County and surrounding areas for more than 25 years. On world tours, the group has demonstrated its artistry to thousands, performing Mozart’s “Grand Mass in C Minor” in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and singing in London’s Salisbury Cathedral as well as in York, Wales and Scotland.
The choir participated in the national premier of the “Ellingboe Requiem,” directed by Bradley Ellingboe, in Canegie Hall in 2010 and also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. during the National Memorial Day Choral Festival in 2015.
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 cities in a number of German cities as 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.
The concert will start at 2:30 pm at 2315 N Coast Highway, Newport.
Admission is free but the choir suggests bringing an offering of non-perishable food items to benefit the Newport Food Pantry.