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Chorale channels Woodstock for concert

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By Sara Miller

Forty years ago, a small dairy farm in rural New York became a countercultural mini-nation as more than 200,000 people gathered for an unprecedented music festival known as Woodstock. The world was wrought with unrest — racial discord at home and military action abroad were tearing our nation apart. In spite of the tumultuous state of the world, Woodstock was a bastion of love and peace, proving that the music of some of the world’s most influential performers could bring together thousands for a brief moment of musical and social harmony. The Evergreen Chorale’s latest concert, Blowin’ in the Wind, captures the sights and sounds of those turbulent and touching times.

The genesis for Blowin’ in the Wind was the 40th anniversary of that Bohemian weekend in August 1969 that went down in history. Over time, the concert has become much more than a simple birthday celebration.

“We have a 45-year age span in the chorale and an age span much larger than that in our audiences. People are approaching this music from all kinds of perspectives,” says Pam Erickson, the chorale’s production manager.

“We have many who lived through 1969, losing family members in the war. We have others who weren’t even born yet. However, no one can deny that this music, whether being experienced for the first time or the 500th time, really changed the world.”

The show brings back music from old favorites such as the Beatles, the Mamas And The Papas, Petula Clark, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Woody Guthrie, and Simon and Garfunkel. It is the music that defined a generation. It is the music that defined a nation.

“These arrangements are phenomenal. Our music committee found some renditions of these songs that have beautiful harmonies, and are very true to the way the original songs were written,” says Erickson.

For three performances, chorale members will don their denim and tie-dyes and revisit classic songs like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Happy Together,” “Try to Remember” and, of course, “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Just three weeks later, the chorale performs its first-ever concert reprise. An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber, first performed in February, was the chorale’s most popular concert to date. One week before opening night, all performances were sold out. With such a successful run, as well as great interest from the community, the chorale has brought back the heart-pounding evening of musical theater mastery.

So whether your interests lean toward the songs that changed a nation or the pieces that changed the face of musical theater, the next month will be packed with musical offerings for all. Join the Evergreen Chorale for the music of your lifetime.

Blowin’ in the Wind

Presented by the Evergreen Chorale May 15, 16, and 17; 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at

Center/Stage; 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen.

Tickets: $19 adults, $17 students and seniors, $10 for under 12; groups of 10-plus are $16 each.

For ticket reservations, call 303-674-4002 or visit www.evergreenchorale.org.

An Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber

June 5, 6 and 7, 2009

7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday

Center/Stage; 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen

$19 adults; $17 student & senior; $10 for under 12; Groups of 10+ are $16

For ticket reservations, call 303-674-4002 or visit www.evergreenchorale.org.