Chor Anno is not your average community choir.
The 32-voice group includes members from the Puget Sound, Pullman, Tri-Cities, Salem, Idaho and Wyoming areas, as well as singers from the Kelso-Longview, St. Helens, Cathlamet areas. and Vancouver.
Its name is roughly Latin for “annual choir,” said founder Howard Meharg, as the Longview-based group only performs one weekend a year due to the distance members have to travel. This year’s show will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 at the Longview Community Church.
Almost all of the singers are directors of choral programs at schools and universities in the Northwest. Meharg started the group 10 years ago after moving to Vancouver.
Of the 15 works the choir will perform, one of the most notable will be âThe Hope of Lovingâ by Minnesota composer Jake Runestad. (See analysis for the entire program.)
The work is a contemporary composition in several 17-minute movements based on ancient texts from around the world. Meharg said his message is summed up in the words of the final movement: âWhat keeps us alive, what keeps us going? It is the hope of loving.
The 90-minute concert is free, but the church will accept donations for the Hill Memorial Fund, which promotes music locally.