News Release created for Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus 2005 Festival Concerts
April 14, 2005 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Men's 200-Voice Chorus Concerts on May 7 to Benefit Vancouver Domestic Violence Shelter
Vancouver, Wash. - Two free concerts performed by the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus (OAMC) on Mother's Day weekend will benefit Vancouver's YWCA SafeChoice Domestic Violence Shelter. The concerts will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Skyview High School Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver, Wash. Organizers recommend that tickets for the free concerts be reserved in advance by calling (360) 892-2925 or by visiting the OAMC web site at www.oamc.org.
A freewill offering will be collected during each concert to raise funds for the shelter and to offset concert expenses.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus, comprised of some 200 to 250 Christian men from around the Pacific Northwest, will perform for the shelter's benefit. Approximately $15,000 has been donated from the concerts' proceeds since the shelter became the concerts' beneficiary in 2001.
Members of the OAMC support the Vancouver YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter as Christian men who believe that domestic violence and abuse in any form perpetrated against fellow human beings violate the teachings of Jesus Christ.
This year's concerts include a patriotic theme with such songs as The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. The theme is further carried with a medley of three songs, two of which, Tenting Tonight and Eternal Father, Strong to Save, are Civil War era songs. Eternal Father, Strong to Save is also known as The Navy Hymn. The third song of the medley, Mansions of the Lord, will be recognized as a song written for and performed in the movie We Were Soldiers and sung at President Ronald Reagan's funeral at the National Cathedral.
Approximately 2,000 people attend the OAMC concerts in Vancouver each year. This is the 11th year the men's chorus has presented these popular spring festival concerts with singers from churches in four Northwest states. This year guest groups from Washington state, Southern California and Montana will be joining their Northwest brothers. These guest groups will also be performing one to two songs each in addition to singing in the festival chorus. Preparation for the concerts is done individually and in small regional group rehearsals, with the full festival chorus assembling only for the final rehearsal.
Formed in 1994, the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus, under the direction of Lou Wildman, performs anthems, spirituals, selections from the master composers and traditional hymns. The various musical selections in the May 7 concerts will be accompanied by piano, brass and percussion, and a string orchestra formed from some of the region's finest musicians. Several numbers will be performed a cappella, yielding an unforgettable sound as some 200 voices join together.
The free May 7 concerts are presented by the Clark County Seventh-day Adventist churches. For more information about the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus and the concerts, visit their web site at www.oamc.org or call (360) 892-2925.
Sam Vigil Jr.
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