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ISing will return to the stage with concerts at the Reser on April 30 and May 1, which benefit HomePlate Youth Services.

DIEGO G DIAZ - The ISing Choir, based in Beaverton, will play its first full show at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts on April 30 and May 1, after a 2-year disruption from COVID-19.

On Saturday, Apil 30, and Sunday, May 1, Beaverton's ISing Choir will perform at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts for its first full concert in two years.

Typically, the choir's programs are titled "Out of the Americas." The choir travels to an international destination to play music from the United States, then brings that culture's music back to perform at home.

For the upcoming show, ISing will perform "Stuck in the Americas" instead, said conductor and artistic director Stephen Galván. The choir has been practicing for months — even online.

"It's going to be glorious," Galván said. "People are going to be moved to tears. They're going to laugh. It's going to be joyful. It will be heartrending. It will be spiritually uplifting."

Sue Pike, director at large for the choir, said she's proud to see how well the performance has come together.

"It almost makes me want to cry, because they have worked their tails off," Pike said. "And they want it to be the best that it's ever going to be. And it will be — I know that."

As with all of ISing's concerts, the choir will donate 100% of the proceeds. For the April 30 and May 1 shows, the Washington County-based HomePlate Youth Services will receive the funds.

HomePlate is the county's only nonprofit provider of drop-in centers and street outreach programs for young people experiencing homelessness. Galván said ISing has benefited HomePlate in the past, too.DIEGO G DIAZ - Conductor and Artistic Director Stephen Galván will lead the ISing Choir in its first full concerts after two years due to the pandemic. The choir will play April 30 and May 1 at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

Bridget Calfee, executive director at HomePlate, said the nonprofit is honored to be ISing's beneficiary.

"The ISing folks are extremely talented," Calfee said, "and it's just a way to get the work that we do at HomePlate a little more broadly out there. Anything that we can do that brings support to young people who otherwise feel unsupported in their communities is something that we love doing."

The shows on April 30 and May 1 are also happening at an exciting time for HomePlate, Calfee said. Not only did HomePlate add a new housing program this year, but the organization is also hoping to finish up its new drop-in center in Central Beaverton.

"We're kind of completing renovations, hopefully right around the time the concert is," Calfee said. "So, it'll be kind of like a celebratory thing in that way as well."{img:331674}

ISing's performance at the Reser is a bit different than usual, Galván said. Usually, the choir performs at churches or other venues that offer the space for free, but the choir will pay to use the space at the Reser.

The choir is also charging money for tickets for the first time, too. Even though the tickets are only $5 to cover costs, Galván said "we'll see what our audience says" about the change.

He laughed.

"Most people I've talked to said, 'You should charge more,'" Galván added.

Galván said, as part of Beaverton's arts commission in the past, he's been involved with planning for a performing arts center in Beaverton for over 30 years. It's a "dream come true" to perform at the new center, he said.

ISing has put on small concerts recently to try things out, but the Reser shows will be its first time playing a full show for the entire community "after two years of being in the dark."

Attendees can expect music from Brazil to Nova Scotia, from secular to sacred and from old to new — including a piece from Galván himself, titled "La Llorona," featuring Mercedes Estevez of the Portland-based group Los Gallos Rumba.

ISing has been practicing for this performance for months, Galván said, and it hasn't been perfect — especially after so many months having to sing together virtually.

"You know, if you'd asked me … last week, 'Do we have it ready?' I would say, 'I'm not sure,'" Galván said. "But I think people are going to be amazed."

The ISing Choir will perform at the Reser at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Tickets are on sale online.DIEGO G DIAZ - Beaverton's new performing arts center, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, will host the Beaverton-based ISing Choir on April 30 and May 1, for the choir's first full concert in two years.


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