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The Palouse Choral Society will perform music inspired by Native American culture in the chapel of the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.


Contributed photo The Palouse Choral Society will perform music inspired by Native American culture in the chapel of the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.



— The 70-member Palouse Choral Society will perform music inspired by Native American culture in the chapel of the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.

The centerpiece of the concert is “Song of the Salish Chief,” a piece commissioned for the Vancouver, BC, centennial, that describes the life of the Salish people through the eyes of an aging chief. The program will also feature pieces in Lakota and Cree, a piece based on text from Chief Seattle, and a “Native American Prayer for Peace” from the United Nations Year of Peace. There will also be a Nez Perce welcome.

Artistic and music director Dr. Sarah J. Graham was inspired to create this concert by her longtime friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Schultz.

“I heard his choir perform ‘Song of the Salish Chief,’ and then I sang it with him in the Tacoma Symphony Chorus. Through Paul I also met Reverend Roy Wilson, chief of the Cowlitz Tribe [a Salish tribe] and narrator of the piece. He helped me understand and interpret the text. I believe it is a very important work, both musically and textually,” he said.

The performance will also include a variety of instrumentalists including a battery of percussion instruments: timpani, bass drum, gong, chimes, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, triangle, snare, and tambourine.

In addition to directing the Palouse Choral Society, Dr. Graham is assistant professor of music in the humanities division at Lewis-Clark State College.

The Palouse Choral Society (PCS) is comprised of the PCS Chorale and Lewis-Clark State College Concert Choir.

General admission is $10 for adults; kids and students free. Tickets at the door and online at www.stgertrudes.org. Reception to follow. Call 208-962-5065.



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