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ISing recycles some of its best for ReClaim It!

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The group will perform three concerts this weekend in Portland and Beaverton


TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - ISing Artistic Director/Conductor Stephen Galvan (right) directs his choir while Maddie Green, 11, sings during the group's Tuesday dress rehearsal for Mus(e)cology, which it will perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Recycling.

Everyone does it, right?

You take your cans back to the grocery store.

You recycle your newspapers, cardboard and glass curbside every other week, and maybe even have your own compost pile.

But what about music? Can you recycle music?

If you're one of the many talented people who make up Beaverton's ISing Choir, the answer is an unqualified "yes."

ISing will prove it with its next show, "Mus(e)cology," set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Peter Catholic Church (5905 S.E. 87th Ave. in Portland), and for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ (5150 S.W. Watson Ave. in Beaverton).

All ISing's shows are free, but choir organizers accept donations to benefit local non-profit organizations; for this set of performances, the beneficiary is ReClaim It! (1 N. Killingsworth St. in Portland, 503-866-7855, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), a nonprofit arts and reuse retail store that salvages materials from "the dump" (the Metro Transfer Station operated by Recology) for sale to artists, homeowners and do-it-yourselfers.

Recycling music

As to the "recycling" of music, ISing will do its part by bringing back some of its favorite pieces from past performances. Among those is "A Musicological Journey Through The Twelve Days of Christmas," arranged by Craig Courtney.

"That was actually one of the first things I conducted with ISing," said ISing Artistic Director/Conductor Stephen Galvan, looking back to his first year with the choir in 2001. "It begins with a Gregorian chant, continues through John Phillip Sousa and the 'Nutcracker.'"

There was more musical recycling in the planning of this performance, too. One of the performance pieces, "Sing We All Noel" by Curtis York, came to ISing when Galvan connected with a minister whose church was closing; that minister dug into the church archives to rescue the music and sold it to Galvan and ISing.

"This is one we reclaimed. It probably hadn't been (performed) in 100 years," Galvan said, noting that the cost of the music was 15 cents per piece, as opposed to a normal cost range of $1-$6 per piece.

Assistant Director David Walters did his part, too, repurposing items from the ReClaim It! store to make instruments that will be used by an orchestra that will accompany a piece called "The Unconquered Sun; The Pines of Rome."

ISing also will perform "Hail Messiah," a piece written by a Scandinavian major in the Salvation Army named K.M. Fristrup, who just happens to be the grandfather of ISing member Maren Symonds.

"We worked really hard this season to change the tone for every piece," Galvan said, adding that the choir will do its best imitation of a brass horn choir for "Hail Messiah."

Ready to give

ISing organizers explained that they already have $4,000 in matching grants ready to benefit ReClaim It! and hope to raise a total of $10,000-$15,000 with this concert series. After this series, over the course of its existence, ISing will have raised and given away more than $200,000.

"It's still a surprise to me we can do all of this on a volunteer basis," Galvan said. "No one gets paid and we have fantastic talent."

This concert series is made possible through grants from the Beaverton Arts Commission and the Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation.

Mus(e)cology

The complete concert lineup includes:

"Sankta Lucia" — arr. Stephen Galvan

"A Musicological Journey Through The Twelve Days of Christmas" — arr. Craig Courtney

"To My Old Brown Earth" — arr. Paul Halley

"Sing We All Noel" — Curtis York

"Hail Messiah" — Major K.M. Fristrup

"The Unconquered Sun" — David Walters

"Earth Song" — Frank Ticheli

"The World for Christmas" — Anders Edenroth

"Chanticleer Christmas"

"Serenissima una noche" — Geronimo Gonzales

"Sa qui turo zente pleta" — Traditional Portuguese

"Tu scendi dalle stelle" — St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

"Kristallen den fina" — Traditional Marian Ballad

"Star of Wonder/We Three Kings" — Terre Roche & John Henry Hopkins

"Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child" — Traditional

"O Magnum Mysterium" — Morten Lauridsen

TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - ISing Choir Assistant Conductor David Walters leads the group through 'The Unconquered Sun' in preparation for its performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.