ISing Choir presents three multicultural performances

ISing Choir, under the direction of Stephen Galván, presents “ISing Out of the Americas IV,” some of the finest music by composers from the Americas.

Free concerts will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 S.W. Watson Ave., in Beaverton.

The concerts feature an array of folk, ballad and sacred music — sung in English, Spanish, Creole and French — full of hidden delights and surprises, Galván said.

The concert begins with a new composition of the familiar spiritual “Deep River,” setting the tone for much of the first half, which weaves a tapestry of both serene and exuberant sacred music across many cultures and countries, he added.

The second half follows with a diverse and joyful selection of secular music with some familiar favorites like Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on,” and the spirited French-Canadian composition “J’entends le Moulin.”

Performing with the choir is world classical harmonica champion, Susan Sauter. Sauter will also join the choir on its upcoming tour to France.

ISing’s mission is to share innovative and exceptional choral music while supporting local nonprofit organizations and increasing public awareness of how those nonprofits are making a positive impact in the community.

These concerts will benefit Marathon Scholars whose mission is to bring together caring adults and talented low-income children to make the dream of a college education a reality. Since Marathon’s founding in 2002, nearly 150 partners have joined together to help 98 children in Portland, Vancouver, Wash., and Pendleton school districts reach their goal of obtaining higher education.

This concert series is made possible through grants from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County.

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