Two Peninsula chorales to lift voices Friday in Port Angeles concert
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The NorthWest Women's Chorale will sing this Friday night in a joint concert with the RainShadow Chorale (not pictured) at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles.
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Rebecca Rottsolk will lead Port Townsend's RainShadow Chorale in a joint concert with the NorthWest Women's Chorale in Port Angeles this Friday. Photo by Sue Reid.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — In one rare evening, two chorales will offer music from North America to Africa, and from the pens of Aaron Copland, George Shearing and Shakespeare.

It's an occasion when 64 singers from across the North Olympic Peninsula meet: Port Townsend's RainShadow Chorale will join the NorthWest Women's Chorale, a group of singers from Port Angeles and Sequim, for a 7 p.m. concert this Friday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave. Tickets are $15 at the door.

RainShadow's part of the evening is a piece called “This Shining Night,” after the James Agee poem “Sure on This Shining Night,” set to music by Washington state native Morten Lauridsen.

The chorale's 40 singers, with director Rebecca Rottsolk, will also offer the “Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare,” composed by Shearing, as well as music by Copland and the Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick.

'So much color'

“I love this program because there's so much color in it,” Rottsolk said, adding that Friday night's songs travel from classical to jazz and back again.

The 24-voice NorthWest Women's Chorale's offerings will include Felix Mendelssohn's “On Wings of Song,” the spiritual “A City Called Heaven” and “Famine Song,” inspired by stories of Sudanese basket weavers during the famine of the 1980s.

The choruses will then get together to sing Richard Nance's “Set Me as a Seal,” featuring NorthWest Women's Chorale accompanist Kristin Quigley Brye playing French horn.

Joy Lingerfelt, director of the women's chorale, pronounced herself “thrilled” to collaborate with Rottsolk.

“Her professionalism,” Lingerfelt said, “brings us all up to a new level.”

To learn more about the Port Townsend-based ensemble, visit, and for information about the NorthWest Women's Chorale, visit


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

Last modified: January 29. 2014 7:25PM
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