Choral concert set for this evening at Wa-Hi

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla High School Choral Music Department will present its fall choral concert today at 7 p.m. in the Wa-Hi auditorium. The concert will include all five choirs — Concert Choir, Chansons, Belles Voix, Chamber Singers and Treble Ensemble — with more than 150 students participating.

The program is entitled “Land of Many Waters” and features songs about water. Some are familiar titles, such as “The Water is Wide,” “Drunken Sailor,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “The Crawdad Hole” and “Old Man, River.” The last piece contains a chance for the audience to sing along, on the Woody Guthrie favorite “Roll On, Columbia.”

Several of the songs originate from Canada. A new work by Canadian composer Larry Nickel entitled “All the Little Rivers of Canada” provides a geography lesson (think “I Been Everywhere, Man”). “Away from the Roll of the Sea,” “I’se the B’y,” “Song for the Mira” and “J’Entends le Moulin” (“I Hear the Mill Wheel”) are other Canadian offerings.

The public is encouraged to come early to secure a seat. Admission is $2 or $5 for a family. The choirs are directed by Norbert Rossi and accompanied by Melissa Cadieux.

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