Blue Mountain Chorus fall concert pays tribute to Mardi Gras

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Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines members have built their fall concert around the theme Sweet! It’s Mardi Gras!

They and friends will sing and dance their way to New Orleans at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 in the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Center, 500 Tausick Way.

There will be four-part a cappella harmony from the Chorus and quartets during the evenings of family-friendly music and laughter. Also performing are Kevin Loomer and Shauna Fletcher-Millett, Cougar Henderson, Nathan Loomer, Chloe Pearson, Nate Thomson and pianist George Kovach.

General admission is $15 or $12 for students and seniors. Ticket may be purchased at Book & Game Co., 38 E Main St.; through www.sweetadelinesww.com; and at the door.

The Blue Mountain Chorus earned a Division A second-place medal during Sweet Adelines International competition in Spokane.

“Following a third-place win in 2012, the group added eight new singers to the risers,” said director Darlene Filla. Three chorus members were honored at the contest weekend for longevity with Sweet Adelines: Kelly Hardin, 5 years; Jenny Miles, 20 years; and Darlene, for 50 years.

It was the final competition for the configuration of Region 13, Darlene said. The boundary lines have been altered to include choruses in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The region covers more than 800,000 square miles and has more than 1,200 singers.

Eleven members of the chorus recently attended a regional education event in Yakima and received instruction from regional and international faculty. During September, the chorus performed locally at retirement facilities as part of a global open house. Choruses around the world are also singing publicly to promote interest in the organization and attract new members, Darlene said.

Weekly rehearsals are in the WWCC Performing Arts Center. Open rehearsals for women of all ages and experience will resume at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

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