The Community Chorus of Port Townsend and East Jefferson County launches rehearsals for its spring season on Sunday, Jan. 14, when singers start preparing for a program of civil rights songs and pop music of the late 1960s. Spring concerts are April 6 and 8.
Spring director Leslie Lewis intends to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement, including acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, with a special collage of spirituals and Dr. King's writings and speeches.
"It's hard to believe it's been 50 years since that awful day when he was assassinated," Lewis said. "It was a tumultuous time and so many of us lived through it, either on the sidelines or out in the streets in one way or another."
Besides the commemoration, singers and audiences alike should enjoy other songs of the era as well, Lewis said, including protest tunes and pop charts of the time, such as the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "All You Need is Love," Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", and a medley of "Aquarius" and "Let the Sunshine In."
Lisa Lanza is the choir's pianist and accompanist.
Rehearsals begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1335 Blaine St. and continue Sundays thereafter. Singers meet in the fellowship hall and enter on the Harrison Street side. Registration starts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. Singing is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $35.
All singers age 16 and older are invited; no auditions are required and male singers are particularly encouraged to join. "We always need men!" emphasized board president Linda Atkins.
The Community Chorus has long provided an opportunity for those who have been away from choral music to refresh their skills in a non-audition environment. Chorus board members invite singers to return to singing for the joy of it.