Seattle Women's Chorus and Seattle Men's Chorus kicked off our musical tour of Eastern Washington this evening at The Seasons Performance Hall, a former congregation that's been an arts space since 2005. The staff at The Seasons worked hard to bring us a great audience, and boy did they deliver! 200 members of the Yakima community hollered, sang, clapped, and even danced along in the aisles as we closed the evening with "I Wanna Dance with Somebody."
Seattle audiences will recognize that title as the closing number of our recent April concert at McCaw Hall, Not In Our Town. That concert's message of unity, love and acceptance resonated well in the Emerald City, but we knew that our voices could be even more powerful if we burst the Seattle bubble and took our music over the mountains.
150 chorus members took the journey up and over to sing for new audiences. Joined by a band, a grand piano and a conductor, we overfilled the intimate performance hall (which has the most stunningly pure sound!) with an evening of repertoire ranging from dance pop to ballads. Shout out to our gifted soloists who committed to reprising their performances this weekend: Scott Farrell, Jeff Hu, Lisa Brown, Dan Navarro, and Victoria Williams, along with pinch hitter (pinch singer?) extraordinaire, Ritchard Wooley.
We're so thrilled to have had a successful evening not only for ourselves and the audience but also for ACT Yakima, the local organization that is receiving 100% of ticket sales. They are a volunteer non-partisan coalition of community organizers passionate about social justice, diversity, equality, and inclusion. Act Yakima is committed to the promotion of progressive values, raising public awareness, engaging community leaders, and advocating by empowering our community into action.
We're able to leave all the ticket sales in each local community thanks to our singing members, most of whom self-funded their participation, and the generosity of our tour sponsors: the Alhadeff Charitable Foundation, Debbie Killinger, The Cricket Foundation, the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and The Starline Collection, which provided bus transportation for our singers.