The next concert in the 2017-2018 Chamber Concert series, sponsored by the Grande Ronde Symphony Association, will present two bell choirs, one from either end of the east-west section of Interstate 84. This bell choir chamber concert is set for Saturday, April 7, at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Avenue, in La Grande. The two choirs will perform individually as well as jointly. What do the two ends of I-84 have in common? Concordia University’s bell choir is directed by Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Zeke Fetrow. Alleluia Bells is directed by Danny Bailey, bassoonist in the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra.
The recent Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert’s theme was War
and Peace with music resulting from war, fear of war, and aftermath of war. In contrast, the bell choir chamber concert is themed around war and peace. Selections will include music dedicated to the victims of the Columbine school shooting and to the victims of the 9/11/2001 attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.
While this is a chamber concert sponsored by the Grande Ronde Symphony Association, it is also a joint bell choir concert, and open to the public. Admission is free. There will be a basket for donations with proceeds supporting the many programs of the Grande Ronde Symphony Association.
Doors open at 6:00 pm and the performance will begin at 7:00 pm (note the new time for all GRSA concerts). Refreshments and punch will be offered following the concert, a perfect way to cap a wonderful evening of music.