WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers at Whitman College will present their spring concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. The concert is free and open to the public and features about 40 fourth- and fifth-grade singers from Sharpstein Elementary's choir.
Under the direction of Jeremy Mims, 109 Whitman singers and 34 string players will perform along with Kraig Scott and Melissa Loehnig at the organ. Soloists include Monica Griffin Hunter, Craig Allen, Laural Miller Klein and Jeremy Irland.
The night will feature the American premiere of Elfrida Andree's "Swedish Mass," composed in the late 19th century and transcribed by Whitman Professor Susan Pickett from manuscript.
The Chamber Singers will premiere a new work by John David Earnest, a composer-in-residence at Whitman. The texts are by Robert Bode, former choral conductor at Whitman.
Other pieces will include settings of poet Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road," by Dello Joio and "My Spirit is Uncaged," by Paul Rardin. The night will conclude with "The Awakening," by Joseph Martin.