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Chorus to feature Irish tunes

Chet Hansen directs the Whidbey Community Chorus. - --
Chet Hansen directs the Whidbey Community Chorus.
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The Whidbey Community Chorus presents its spring concert, “Songs of the Irish,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

Under the direction of Chet Hansen, the concert will feature “Letters from Ireland,” a choral suite by Mark Brymer, which includes traditional Irish folk songs from the 1700s and 1800s intermixed with actual letters.

The songs range from haunting melodies of homesickness and hard times to rollicking dance tunes and melodies recalling Irish history. Narrators Mendy and John Stone will connect the song experiences into a true tapestry and a piano, violin,  and penny whistle will accompany the songs as dancers perform an Irish jig.

Concertgoers will also enjoy the chorus’ renditions of favorites such as “My Wild Irish Rose” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

The concert will include a presentation by Oak Harbor High School’s Treble Choir, with choir director Darren McCoy directing.

The concert is held at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1050 SE Ireland St. in Oak Harbor.

Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.


Call 678-4148 or visit



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