ARLINGTON — Northern Sound Choirs presents Sonus Boreal in their spring concert on Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center.
Kent Prairie Elementary’s “Choir On Fire” will also be featured, as will dancers from the Marysville Performing Arts Centre and Northwest Dance and Acro.
Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper tickets on the Northern Sound Choirs website at www.northernsoundchoirs.org, or at the door for $12 apiece.
The choir will perform under the direction of Stuart Hunt, who titled the concert “CHORUScation: The Brilliance of a Choir.”
Hunt explained that “coruscate” means to sparkle, or to put forth flashes of light, so the title is intended to hint at the musical brilliance expected from the performance. Song selections will include various genres, from classical to spiritual, as well as a special surprise number for the finale. “Choir On Fire” will consist of between 40-50 fourth- and fifth-graders who will perform several of their own selections, as well as combine with Sonus Boreal and the dancers from the Marysville Performing Arts Centre and Northwest Dance and Acro, performing “Songs of Sanctuary” by Karl Jenkins.
Sonus Boreal is an adult women’s choir, founded in 2010 by former high school students of Hunt. The students found each other on Facebook, and utilized social networking to build their choir into the non-profit organization Northern Sound Choirs. A passion for singing and performing with Hunt drove the group to form, which was then followed by a desire to spread music throughout the community. In order to help to develop future events and education opportunities, Northern Sound Choirs joined the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.
Northern Sound Choirs’ Sonus Boreal has become a much sought-after performance group. Throughout 2012, they were featured at Aquasox games and car races at Evergreen Speedway, and the choir was invited to perform at the Leavenworth Tree Lighting Ceremony this past winter. In March of this year, Sonus Boreal was also a part of the “Madrigal Mystery Tour” with Vivace Choirs in Spanaway, Wash. This summer, Sonus Boreal will give performances throughout the Pacific Northwest, singing the National Anthem at several community festivals and sporting events, including a performance at a Seattle Storm WNBA game on Aug. 19.
The concert in June will prepare this women’s choir for challenges ahead. They plan to audition for prestigious choral competitions in 2013, including the International Choral Kathaumixw in British Columbia, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest Music Educators Association in Portland, Ore.
The group believes it has become an inspiration to musical groups and educators by promoting choral arts in their community. Their desire is that this community awareness will create a partnership with public schools, to sustain quality music education for their students, which would, in turn, enrich the spirit and culture of the community.
For information on how to book Sonus Boreal for your own event, how to learn of future concerts or how to join this community choir, contact Board President Jennifer Tyner at 360-474-7672, or visit their website at www.northernsoundchoirs.org.