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Cannon Beach Chorus goes ‘Home for the Holidays’
The Cannon Beach
Chorus will present its winter
concert, “Home for the
Holidays,” at three separate
locations the first weekend in
The performances will
take place 7 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 1, in the Warrenton
Christian Church; 7 p.m. Sat-
urday, Dec. 2, in the Cannon
Beach Community Church;
and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in
the Nehalem United Method-
ist Church.
Led by conductor John
Buehler, the concert program
will include “The Christmas
Oratorio” by Camille Saint-
Saëns, a nine-movement
oratorio that proclaims the
Christmas story by featur-
ing the Chorus, soloists and
The soloist and ensemble
movements will feature sing-
ers within the Chorus, and
Susan Buehler, a pianist with
the Cannon Beach Chorus,
tickles the ivories of her baby
grand in her home studio.
The Cannon Beach Chorus rehearses for performances that
will celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary.
Chorus pianist Susan Buehler
will accompany the entire
Other works will include
“I’ll Be Home for Christ-
mas,” “Winter Wonderland,”
“Ave Maria” by Gounod
based on Prelude I from “The
Well-Tempered Clavichord”
by J.S. Bach, Franz Biebl’s
“Ave Maria” made known
by the male choral ensemble
Chanticleer, “Jingle Bells,”
“The Christmas Song,”
“Beams of Gentle Light” (a
song for Hanukkah), “We
Wish You a Merry Christ-
mas” and “Peace, Peace.”
Celebrating 30 years
The Chorus was found-
ed in 1988 and will soon
Rising songwriters perform on the Long Beach Peninsula
next Peninsula Arts Center
show, featuring songwrit-
ers Anna Tivel and Jeffrey
Martin, will take place 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2.
A nationally touring artist
with a deep love of quiet
stories, Tivel is beginning to
carve out a place for herself
in the songwriting world. She
was recently chosen as winner
of both the Telluride Trouba-
dour Contest and the Kerrville
New Folk Contest, placed
second at the Rocky Moun-
tain songwriting contest, and
has shared the stage with
heroes and friends alike.
Tivel was raised in the for-
est and farmland of rural north-
ern Washington and currently
calls Portland home. Her songs
reflect both the stark colors of
small-town life, and the hard,
sharp lines of the city.
Folk Radio UK called
her newest album, “Heroes
Waking Up,” a “superb and
sublime album from a voice
Anna Tivel, left, and Jeffrey Martin
that deserves to be shouted
from the highest rooftops.”
Martin was raised with
an ear cocked and listening
to Neil Young, John Prine,
Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan
and Harry Chapin.
He was fortunate to live
in Eugene for much of his
adolescence, where in the late
1990s and early 2000s there
was a strong, steady flow
of folk songwriters touring
through. Leo Kotke, John
Gorka and David Wilcox
were huge inspirations.
In 2011, Martin caught
a lucky break: a chance
encounter with a prominent
local promoter at a rowdy
dive bar. He was invited to
open for Tracy Grammer and
then David Wilcox, which
led to a few small tours and,
eventually, a finalist slot in a
national songwriting compe-
tition in New York City and a
successful national tour.
The Peninsula Arts Center
is located at 504 Pacific Ave.
N., Long Beach, Washington.
Admission is $15 at the
door or online through Brown
Paper Tickets, or call Bill
Svendsen at 360-901-0962.
Wine, beer and other re-
freshments are available for
Concerts benefit the Long
Beach Peninsula Acoustic
Music Association, a nonprof-
it charitable organization.
celebrate its 30th anniver-
sary, which will highlight a
commissioned choral work
from composer Daniel Gaw-
throp to commemorate the
The 60-voice non-audition
Chorus is an advocate for
choral music education and
supports the area-wide public
school choral programs, and
also awards a vocal scholar-
ship each spring to gradu-
ating high school seniors
wishing to continue singing
at the collegiate level.
For more information
regarding the scholarship
program and application/
audition/interview process,
visit the Chorus website The
membership of the Chorus
represents every community
on the North Coast from
Astoria to Oceanside.
“I love the camaraderie
of our Chorus where singers
of various religious back-
grounds and from many
coastal communities are
united by their love of sing-
ing,” Chorus president Terrill
Michelsen, of Wheeler, said.
“I am carried away by the
harmonies and the text of
‘The Christmas Oratorio.’
And there won’t be a dry eye
in the house with our final
concert selection of ‘Peace,
Peace’ as the audience sings
‘Silent Night.’”
The admission fee to each
concert is $10 for adults.
Students 16 and under are
admitted free if accompanied
by an adult.
Tickets may be purchased
in advance by calling 503-
436-0378 or at the door. For
more information about the
Chorus, ticket prices, leader-
ship and more, visit cannon-
Any artists in
need of a studio?
ASTORIA — Astoria Visual
Arts is seeking applications
from local artists interested
in working in a rent-free
studio Jan. 1 through April
30, 2018.
The deadline for applica-
tions is midnight, Sunday,
Dec. 10. The notification of
selection is Sunday, Dec.
The successful candi-
date will be provided with
a studio space located on
the Columbia River in the
Astoria Downtown Historic
District free of charge for
a four-month residency
beginning Monday, Jan. 1.
The AVA a-i-r Program is
designed to encourage the
creative, intellectual and
professional growth of local
artists. Residency finalists
are chosen on the basis of
merit by an independent
selection panel of working
artists and arts patrons.
Past applicants are
encouraged to reapply
with an updated portfolio
and statement reflecting
updates and changes.
For more information
about AVA a-i-r, visit asto-
AVA a-i-r is supported
by membership dues and
contributions from sup-
porters of Astoria Visual
Arts and by the generosity
of Astoria Coffee House &
Bistro and Merry Time Bar
and Grill.
Astoria Visual Arts
was founded in 1989 as
a nonprofit membership
organization to enhance,
strengthen and promote the
arts in the Greater Astoria