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Choral, jazz concerts come to Pacific

Pacific University is ringing in the spring season with two concerts this weekend.

The Spring Choral Concert will be choral conductor Steve Peter’s retirement concert. The Friday, April 15, performance will feature the award-winning “A” choir from Cleveland High School as well as the Pacific University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and will include works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Kim Andre Arneson and Stephen Paulus.

Highlight of the night will be a performance of John Rutter’s “Gloria” featuring the combined Chamber Singers and Concert Choir as well as brass, organ and percussion. The concert starts at 7 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2014 Cedar St., and tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors and military, and free for all students.

Those who like the music of Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Hoagy Carmichael — as well as other famous names in jazz and “big band” — will love the university’s Jazz Band concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center. The show features special guest saxophonist John Gross, a prominent jazz player in the northwest, who is also an adjunct professor at Pacific.

Tickets, available at the door, are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors and military and free for all students.