Steve Halliday, the Columbia Chorale's artistic director, says the group's May 20 concert will be packed with music from movies, musicals, popular artists and traditional composers.
But there also is a music philosophy behind Halliday's repertoire choices.
"Our world is inundated with the mixed blessing of perfectly performed music," he said. "Performers endure long recording sessions to mix together a single perfect performance."
Sounds edited in a studio are so perfect, he added, that even the original performer has trouble presenting the same sounds in a live concert with technicians on hand.
"But there is something about live performance that touches our spirit," Halliday said. "We can share the musicians emotions in a way that transcends hearing, and the music becomes personal and satisfying for both the performer and the audience."
Some of the music being performed includes classics like Getting to Know You from the movie The King and I, You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story and Somewhere Out There from An American Tale.
Guest performers for the concert will be Tri-City vocalists Megan Johnson and Laura Patillo who will be accompanied by pianist Cheryl Cannard. Also performing will be a combo from Southridge High School led by Phillip Simpson and a string quartet from Southridge.
The Columbia Chorale, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is made up of 30 singers from across the Tri-Cities.
The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. Admission is free.
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