All donations collected from series will benefit Indigo Rescue

by: SUBMITTED ART - All of the donations collected during ISing Choir's concert series will benefit the work of Indigo Rescue.ISing Choir presents its spring concert series “Of Animals ISing.”

The community is invited to attend concerts set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 S.W. Watson Ave., in Beaverton.

These concerts are free. Goodwill donations are welcome, and 100 percent of funds collected will benefit Indigo Rescue, an organization with a mission to end animal abandonment and pet overpopulation in the community.

“Of Animals ISing promises to be a lively and joyous event and will mark a significant milestone for ISing Choir,” said Sue Pike, a member of the ISing Board of Directors. “By the end of this concert series, the choir will have raised more than $100,000 to benefit our community.”

The choir began as a group of Intel employees with a love for singing who gathered on their lunch break in a conference room for rehearsals. The choir has evolved from that group over the years and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2005. In the past six years, the choir has grown to more than 70 members.

Since 2002, ISing benefit concerts have raised $99,026 for 18 nonprofit organizations, including Northwest Medical Teams, the Good Neighbor Center, Monika’s House, Habitat For Humanity, Beaverton School District’s Homeless Program, My Voice Music, Washington County Foster Parents Association, Sisters of the Road and Mercy Corps.

This weekend’s concerts open with “Anima Fundi,” a humorous setting of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” in the style of Gregorian chant, said Stephen Galvan, artistic director of the ISing Choir. This will be followed by three madrigals about ravens, swans and assorted barn animals.

The choir will also perform Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” in its entirety. This piece is a choral setting for the poetry of Christopher Smart, an 18th century poet. Rev. Walter Hussey, the Anglican minister who commissioned the piece, described Smart as “deeply religious, but of a strange and unbalanced mind.”

The choir will then sing three folk songs — one from China about mules, a Georgian song about horses and one from Mexico singing the praises of the lowly cockroach. Additionally, the choir will perform “Animal Crackers” by Eric Whitacre, which puts to music the ridiculous animal poetry of Ogden Nash. Also featured is Eric Lane Barnes’ musical journey based on the well-known melodic nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

For more information, visit SUBMITTED PHOTO - ISing Choir presents its spring concert series 'Of Animals ISing' on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ in Beaverton. The choir is led by Artistic Director Stephen Galvan.

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