Willamette Musicians Debut in Carnegie Hall

The Willamette University Chamber Choir will perform Haydn's "Mass in Time of War" Sunday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University. The concert is open to the public and free, although a goodwill donation is encouraged to help students pay for an upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where the same piece will be performed.

The 40-voice Willamette Chamber Choir recently performed for 3,500 people in Washington and Oregon, and was invited by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to perform in South Africa in 2004. Music from their South African tour is featured on their fifth CD, "Thula Sizwe: A Celebration of Hope."

Wallace Long, Jr.For the Carnegie performance, Choral Conductor Wallace Long will direct the Willamette Chamber Choir, the Willamette Alumni Choir and choirs from Sheldon High School and the First Christian Church (Eugene, Ore.), Beaverton High School (Beaverton, Ore.), Marshfield High School (Coos Bay, Ore.) and River Ridge High School (Lacey, Wash.).

Long, who has served as director of choral activities at Willamette since 1983, said, "Great choral music contains drama and emotional sensitivity. The attraction of taking great literature, interpreting and understanding it, bringing performers into the magic of it, and then giving it as a gift to an audience, has never wavered for me."