The Columbia Chorale will celebrate its golden anniversary at 3 p.m. May 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick.
The 30-plus member group is the longest, continuously running choral group still performing in the Tri-Cities.
The Chorale, which is made up of singers of all ages and vocal skill levels, was formed by Tri-Citian Gerald Goecke in 1963. The group plans to honor him at the upcoming concert.
There have been 11 directors and hundreds of vocalists during the past 50 years. The group performs a wide range of music from traditional classical works to popular hit tunes.
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Steve Halliday is the artistic director. He started with the group about five years ago as a singer but soon took over as director after John Owen had to back out because of other commitments, Halliday said.
"I can't think of a nicer way to spend Tuesday evenings (rehearsal night) each week than working with a group of creative, happy singers who enjoy all kinds of music, and who don't mind encouraging those who are just starting out in choral music," he said. "It also adds to our enjoyment when we team with other skilled musicians from around the area to make our concerts both entertaining and moving."
The May 19 concert will feature patriotic hymns, Broadway tunes and folk songs. Guest musicians include flutist Erin Menke of the Mid-Columbia Orchestra and the Badger Mountain Dry Band.
Admission to Columbia Chorale concerts is always free, though donations are welcome.
The church is at 2001 W. Kennewick Ave., across from the Tri-City Country Club golf course.