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Palouse Choral Society kicks off season with poetry-themed performance

PCS holds annual National Book Month performance with wide variety of songs
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COURTESY OF JANICE O’TOOLE
Palouse Choral Society at a performance in October 2022.

The Palouse Choral Society will kick off the performance season Sunday with a poetry-themed performance celebrating National Book Month.

PCS artistic director Matthew Myers said the group tries to celebrate National Book Month and comes up with a theme to unify the music of the concert. This year’s performance is titled National Book Month: A Triumph of Poetry and Music.

“This month, in honor of National Book Month, will feature poetry by names of very famous poets,” Myers said. “Sometimes choral music is set to some kind of minor poets that people haven’t heard before. We’re going to be doing music that is set text by … some of the biggest names we’ve studied in an English class for poetry.”

This performance will be the first performance of the season and the first time a lot of members have gotten to perform with the choir, he said.

There are over 80 PCS members this year, which is close to double the number of members two years ago coming right out of the pandemic, Myers said.

The group consists of people from all over the Palouse region with singers in their 20s through their 80s, he said. PCS brings people together through music who might not have interacted otherwise.

“It’s really exciting to see the growth of the group and with every new singer comes more connections to the community,” he said. “I think our audience could bring in some new people we haven’t had before.”

PCS member Ray Wallace sings bass in the choir, and this season is his first with PCS after singing for a couple of years elsewhere.

Wallace said he is excited about the variety of content the group has for the performance this weekend.

“It’s a really challenging concert but it’s got a lot of interesting songs that we’re singing on it,” he said. “Sometimes we have to sing in other languages and some [songs] have very rhythmic and it’s all really pretty … there’s a lot of talented people in the choir, which is very enjoyable to sing.”

The song he is looking forward to performing the most is “Little Man in a Hurry” by Eric Whitacre because it is a rhythmic piece and has a fast and exciting pace, he said.

Wallace said the idea for concerts is to get as many people as possible to go, and there is a wide variety of songs on a typical basis for this concert and others throughout the season.

“You just never know what you’re going to hear,” he said. “You might think you have an idea of what concert choir like this is going to sing, but it’s been a wide variety of things, so something for everybody.”

National Book Month: A Triumph of Poetry and Music will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman. Bruised Books will provide refreshments after the concert, where people can sign up for library cards.

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Alexandria started working for the Evergreen in October 2020 as a news reporter and eventually hopped around to the roots/life, opinion and culture sections. She was a copy editor for three semesters beginning in January 2021 and was the Life editor in fall 2022. She was the copy chief for the summer and fall 2023 semesters, and is currently the editor-in-chief for the spring 2024 semester. She is from Tri-Cities, WA, and is always writing in her free time.