The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will launch their 30th anniversary season by playing host to Canadian-born composer Paul Aitken in a weeklong guest artist residency.
The week will culminate in a set of concerts celebrating the music of Canada at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the West Side Church, 615 Wright Ave., Richland.
Aitken’s residency will feature community events and sessions with area school choirs and music students. The concerts will showcase the Mastersingers’ new staff accompanist Allen Madsen, as well as guest choirs from Hanford, Richland, Kamiakin, and Othello high schools.
The Mastersingers will perform a newly commissioned piece by Aitken, some of his other works, arrangements of Canadian folk songs and classical works by other Canadian composers. Aitken’s new piece is called Let Us Have Peace.
Each concert will feature a 30 minute “Behind the Music” segment before each show.
The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers season passes are available for $90, including five tickets to use at any combination of subscription concerts. Single tickets bought in advance are $22, and tickets at the door are $25. K-12 student tickets are free. The Mastersingers are also offering two new ticket promotions this season. If you are a first-time attendee, let them know at the door and you will get a free ticket. Also, on Dress Rehearsal Thursdays, they are offering a “Pay What You Can” promotion to those wanting to get a behind the scenes look at concert preparations.
The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers are an auditioned ensemble of experienced singers in Eastern Washington led by director Justin Raffa.