Kulshan Chorus presents

Choosing Joy

- a Soul Journey


Saturday, December 16, 2017

7:30 pm

Our Winter Concert is sold out! Thank you for your interest! Mark your calendars for our next concert in the Spring on Saturday May 12th.


Greetings from the 100 voices of Kulshan Chorus! We’re excited to extend a December 16th invitation to you for our Annual Winter Concert, Choosing JOY – a Soul Journey, featuring guest artist: Gary Giles.  

This season, we explore a wide range of songs from gospel and spiritual traditions throughout history.  One of the strongest themes, woven through this evening, is one of Hope.  These musical selections stem from contexts of oppression, fear and trial. More importantly, they call for a better life. There isn’t just hope in these songs - there is expectation of something better.

Through these insightful pieces you will hear the voices of those under the boot of oppression, whether it’s the suffering of slaves or the cries of women calling for equality; this music calls for change. Not only does it call for change, it demands it - demands that we can do better for everyone.  From the classic Elijah Rock to the contemporary Quiet (born of the recent Women’s March)   this is music that both challenges and inspires us to rise to a better life.

From Sister Act's Joyful Joyful to Elijah Rock, you won’t want to miss this high-energy, vocally rich concert featuring songs from Soweto Gospel Choir, Nina Simone, Kirk Franklin, and Moses Hogan.  Under the artistic vision & skillful direction of Dustin Willetts and accompanied by our pianist, Kristy Gill, we are excited to also be joined by the always amazing Atlantics as well as the fullness of a horn and string section.  

Don’t miss what promises to be a stellar winter concert, Choosing  JOY – a Soul Journey.

Dustin Willetts:
Choosing joy implies an intentionality held during difficult circumstances. While what brings us joy as individuals may be different, one truth unites us. We all experience times in this life when we will choose joy in order to move forward.


Choosing Joy - featuring guest artist Gary Giles!

Gary Giles, who first sang gospel music at the age of 3, says he is thrilled to have the good fortune of joining such an exceptional choral ensemble as the Kulshan Chorus as guest artist for their gospel and spiritual genre Winter Concert: Choosing JOY – a Soul Journey. 


Giles began performing professionally as an actor and vocalist in 1983 with the Avante’ Theater Company in a touring production of Ain’t Misbehavin’.  Since then he has performed in scores of musicals as well as dramatic and comedic productions.  Some of his favorites have been The Wiz (as the Wizard), Purlie (as Rev. Purlie) Home (as Cephas Miles), Working (as Lovin’ Al), Big River (as Jim the runaway slave) in Ragtime (as Coalhouse Walker Jr.) and most recently, since arriving in Bellingham from the City of Brotherly Love in 2015, at the Mount Baker Theatre in Driving Miss Daisy (as Hoke) and in the world premier musical, Marina (as Ivory Jack). 


It is with great JOY we welcome Gary Giles to Kulshan Chorus. 


The Kulshan Chorus is a community choir committed to music education and spirited performances celebrating the common bonds of humanity through music.

Kulshan chorus is a recognized non-profit 501.C.3 organization