I Cantori, Walla Walla University’s select choir, comes to the Olympic peninsula in mid-February for a pair of concerts.
At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, I Cantori joins the local Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers group for a concert at Independent Bible Church, 116 E Ahlvers Road, Port Angeles. The groups will each present selections of classical and gospel choral arrangements. The groups also will sing at least one song together, “blending their voices in praise,” event organizers said.
The second show is one featuring I Cantori set for 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Sequim Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane.
Both concerts are free and open to the public; an offering will be taken for the group’s travel and other expenses.
I Cantori is an auditioned group chosen from the 1,900-member student body and enjoys a history of touring that began in 1929. Renamed I Cantori (Italian for “the singers”) in 1979, the ensemble has traveled extensively in the Pacific Northwest and western United States and appeared also in Canada, Russia and Romania. Their repertoire focuses on classical church music but includes a wide variety of styles.
The group’s director is Kraig Scott, a native of British Columbia who has served on the faculty of Walla Walla University since 1986 and as Minister of Music at the Walla Walla University Church since 1989.
The Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers is a group of men “united by love for Jesus, each other, and the music sung that proclaims God’s Good News,” members said. The group represents more than eight local churches and denominations and have performing since 2002. The singers perform concerts regularly throughout the year, sing to shut-ins and other small groups, and participate in charitable projects.
Michael Rivers of Port Angeles is the founding director of the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers, an ensemble currently in its thirteenth season.