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.
Join The Kulshan Chorus as they celebrate their 30th year! This spring concert bursts forth diving deep into the life-sustaining element of water. Under the inspirational direction of Dustin Willetts, Kulshan Chorus attunes to the many roles of water, bringing the varied facets to life through song; the longing, the danger, the beauty and the serenity. A concert guaranteed to quench your desire for quality choral music.
Please join us for a winter performance that will weave a tapestry of both light and darkness. This season’s repertoire was carefully selected by Dustin Willetts to explore both literal and figurative interpretations of light, with the awareness that any conversation about light must also include darkness, blackness, and loss. As with any Kulshan Chorus concert, you should be prepared to go on an emotional journey; you’ll certainly be entertained, but we hope you’ll leave inspired to drive out hatred with light and love.
For more than three decades, the Kulshan Chorus has produced choral performances inspired by love, peace and justice. As we enter our 30th year of existence, we have become a powerhouse of local talent and have grown to more than 100 singers.
Join us as we celebrate the rich history of the Kulshan Chorus through a diverse selection of music from our archives. This concert will reinvent some of our classics, and showcase a number of recent additions brought to the Chorus by Artistic Director, Dustin Willetts. The Choir will be joined by some familiar musicians for a fantastic night of favorites.
For nearly three decades, the Kulshan Chorus has been a staple in the Whatcom County community, known for inspiring performances that span both genre and era. This season, the members of the Kulshan Chorus – all ninety voices – personally invite you to an evening of Greatest Hits.
We are honored to perform these songs for our friends and family at home before sharing this music on tour in Croatia and Slovenia this summer. Whether you’ve never missed a concert, or you’re a new fan, this thematically diverse selection of music is some of our best.
Please join the Kulshan Chorus for a Feast of Songs! This family-friendly performance will warm hearts and inspire year-end cheer. The Chorus will indulge your nostalgia with jazzy winter classics, and surprise you with updated holiday favorites. Come celebrate the spendor of childhood through music and culture, during the most wonderful time of the year!
WANDERINGS brings you, the traveler, on a multicultural journey to experience a collective dream. We’ll sail the seas, walk the Gobi Desert, become lost in a wooded wilderness, and reminisce through a tender lullaby.
This will be a truly transformative concert, one that will nurture your adventurous spirit. Bring an open heart and an appreciation for the unknown, because through musical wandering, beauty is illuminated uniquely and spectacularly.
Join us as we celebrate two remarkable authors. Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Robert Frost has more choral arrangements set to his texts than any other poet.
Both Joel and Frost have captivated us for decades and the Chorus is excited to share a selection of songs that celebrate their contributions to our American culture. We hope you can be there for an unforgettable evening as we embark on a journey to figure out "who started the fire."
The Kulshan Chorus is pleased to announce our spring performance, “Poetry and Peace.” Join as we share music that celebrates peace and songs that force us to remember times where peace was not in the hearts of men. They have been working hard all season to produce a concert that celebrates great poetry, where the rhythm of phrases and the cadences of the text take you to a time and place where words are fallen in love with.
Director: Dustin Willetts
Band or Individuals: The Atlantics, Lawrence Soloman
2013-12-14 at Western Washington University - PAC Concert Hall
Songs to brighten the spirit and celebrate the seasons. Our program includes some Kulshan Chorus favorites from years past, some from more recent concerts, and some new tunes. While the songs cover a variety of styles and themes (and centuries), they're united by a commonality of joy: the joyfulness of hope in the face of adversity, the joy found in expressions of faith, the joy inherent in the defiance of oppression, the joy of rocking out to a great beat or making people laugh, and the simple joy of making beautiful music together in community.
Description:“Gypsy Jazz” or Manouche Swing, originated in Paris amidst the era in which Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong were major stars. In the 1920’s, as recordings of American jazz became available in Europe, many of those playing banjos in dance halls, traded them for guitars and began to play jazz, Parisian style. Since many of the finest musicians had roots among the manouche or gypsy tribes, the odd, "Eastern" sounding scales that give the swing-era musette its trademark exotic sound crept into the musical arrangements. Among the famous was gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, who, along with virtuouso violinist, Stephane Grapelli, fronted the Quintette du Hot Club de France in Paris in the 1930’s.
Directed By: Roger Griffith
Band or Individuals: Hot Club Sandwhich - James Schneider, bass| Ray Wood, guitar| JoJo Mascorella drums and vocals| Ryan Hoffman, guitar| Matt Sircely, mandolin and vocals| Tim Wetmiller, violin
2012-04-28 7:30 PM at Western Washington University - PAC Concert Hall
Description: SuperSones play the sublime music known as Son - the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro- Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing, and trumpet improvisation. From the 1930’s in Havana to the present moment, Cuban septets like SuperSones have inspired people around the world to dance and celebrate.
SuperSones represent this rich musical tradition with a wide range of classic and original songs in the many genres within the Son family: bolero, cha cha chá, guaracha, and son montuno among others.
Directed By: Roger Griffith
Band or Individuals: SuperSones (Afro-Cuban band) | Dancers from Rumba Northwest
Enjoy a musical celebration where you can experience the full power and energy of the Kulshan Chorus with songs by Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Edwin Hawkins, Sweet Honey on the Rock, The Fairfield Four, and many more of the finest gospel composers and arrangers.
A concert you won’t want to miss. Bring your family and friends to a show that will “shake the rafters.” You won’t be disappointed!!!!"
Directed By: Roger Griffith
Band or Individuals: Steve Rice - keyboards| Clipper Anderson - bassist| Tim Miller – percussion
Description: "Pause for a moment to remember these words: "It was twenty years ago today ..."
It's the Beatles, of course, from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," an album that came out more than four decades ago, in 1967.
The Fab Four officially disbanded just three years later, yet their music remains as energetic and dear as the grown children of boomer parents who screamed when they first saw the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Their enduring popularity is one reason the upcoming Beatles singalong presented by Kulshan Chorus and The Walrus rock band is expected to be a sellout.
2010-12-11 7:30 PM at Bellingham High School A concert of Irish, Scottish and English music reflecting the rich heritage of the Celtic tradition. From ballads of drama and longing of the sould to energetic jigs and boisterous pub chanties.
Director: Roger Griffith
Band or Individuals: Dale Russ - Violin, Tom Creegan - Pipes and whistles, Paul Englesberg - whistles and concertina, Steve Rice - Keys, Geof - Morgan guitar, Todd Citron - bodhran
Description: The Kulshan Chorus is pleased to present a musical version of “comfort food” – favorite songs drawn from the Kulshan Chorus repertoire of the last 20 years. We offer you a diverse program of tunes spanning many genres, from doo-wop to power pop, Motown to Cape Town, French café to gospel mainstay. These are songs we love to sing; they’re joyous, uplifting, and just plain fun.
Description: A concert of World Music – a collection of musical jewels designed to add sparkle and zest to your life by making this celebration a part of the mid-winter holiday.
Our concert features songs by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Argentine chanteuse Mercedes Sosa, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Keb Mo and many others including local songwriter Linda Allen.
Issues of diversity, community, and peace are certainly on everyone’s mind these days, not only in our neighborhood, our city, and our country, but globally as well. This season we direct our attention to these concerns.
Directed By: Roger Griffith
Band or Individuals: Steve Rice, keys| Clipper Anderson , bass| Ricardo Guity, percussionist from Honduras
Description: The Gadjo Gypsies join the colorful and powerful 90-voice Kulshan Chorus in a concert of Gypsy jazz, American swing, and French musette, with a touch of klezmer. Gypsy Jazz originated in Paris during the era when Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong were major stars.
Directed By: Roger Griffith
Band or Individuals: Gadjo Gypsies| Django Reinhardt - gypsy guitarist| Stephane Grapelli – violinist
Another colorful and powerful musical celebration including a collage of our finest a cappella and hot R&B classics. Included will be: Dancing in the Street, Ubi Caritas, South African freedom songs, A Festival of American Fiddle Tunes – dedicated to the tradition of “mountain music” in the southeastern United States, and many more. Paul Klein & The Atlantics, will join us to perform hard-driving R&B and some of our best African American gospel. This is a rare chance to hear a premier R&B band performing with a 90 voice choir. The results are breathtaking.