With a little something for everyone, Olympia Youth Chorus (OYC) will present “Everlasting Melodies” on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. Special guest performers include “Undefined,” a men’s acapella group from Western Washington University.
The concert will feature music from the Classical Period through contemporary times with: “The Witches’ Chorus” from MacBeth, “The Lakme Duet (Flower Duet)” by Delibes, “Hey, Jude” by the Beatles and “At Last” the great hit sung by Etta James. OYC is a nonprofit vocal music program serving young singers in the greater South Sound community, including Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Rochester, Shelton and Hoquiam.
“Everlasting Melodies” be held at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and is presented by generous supporter Lucky Eagle Casino. The event will showcase four separate choirs, highlighting voices of youth age 5-17 years old.
Tickets are $8-$20 depending on age and seat location. They may be purchased through the Washington Center for the Performing Arts at olytix.org or by calling 360.753.8586.
“Memories are stirred by the simplest of things…..a smell, a picture, or a song. From the moment our children are born we sing to them….lullabies, favorite melodies from our childhoods, melodies that defined our pre-teen and teen years and perhaps songs that helped us grow into the adults we are now,” reflects OYC Artistic Director Cynthia Dinsmore. “Let our music spark a memory, a smile or even a tear.”
Since its founding in 1995, OYC has been under the direction of Dinsmore, a well-known music educator. Annually about 130 girls and boys (with unchanged voices) participate. Singers are from public and private schools, as well as home-schooled. In addition to local performances, OYC choirs have performed in England, Hawaii, San Francisco and New York City. Over 900 singers have participated in the program over the last 17 years.
This concert, and the May 20 “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” spring concert are made possible through generous community gifts. Major sponsors include: Lucky Eagle Casino, Sunset Air, Inc., Andrew Kapust, DDS, Olympia Federal Savings, Capital Electric, GHB Insurance, American Pump, Puget Sound Energy, Greene Realty Group, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc., Berschauer Phillips, Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry, Merrill Lynch, Clarus Eye Center, Town and Country Roofing.
For further information about the concert, or the Olympia Youth Chorus program and auditions, visit www.OlympiaYouthChorus.org.