The Pacific Men's Chorus festival, "Songs of Faith and Inspiration," is set for 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Lebanon Mennonite Church, 2100 S. Second St.
The event will feature the chorus, under the direction of Louis A. Lehman; organist Mel Rollema; pianist Arnold Knox; and violinist and singer Moriah Winn. The chorus is made up of 33 singers from across the Willamette Valley, from Portland to Sweet Home. The repertoire will include classical music, hymns, gospel song arrangements and spirituals.
Moriah Winn is 13 years old and an eighth-grader at North Albany Middle School, where she is a member of the choir, the only Northwest middle school choir selected to perform at Carnegie Hall last April. She also plays in the varsity and jazz bands. She has been playing violin for the past six years, teaching herself; she also plays flute and upright bass.
This is Lehman's farewell concert as a choral director in the community. He has taught music for many years.
For the concert, Lehman has prepared a program that mixes classical selections by composers such as Beethoven with a generous helping of spirituals; Lehman himself arranged a number of the spirituals on the program. The spirituals are fun to sing, Lehman said, and they have an added benefit: "They liven up the audience too. They won't go to sleep."
An offering will be taken to benefit missions, and will be divided between the Mennonite Central Committee and Love INC.