Two Musical Traditions, One Powerhouse Concert June 2-3

31 May

Musical boundaries will be eradicated when two powerhouse ensembles – The Northwest Repertory Singers (NWRS) and The Total Experience Gospel Choir  (TEGC)- join in performance on June 2 & 3 in Tacoma. This first-ever collaboration in sacred music is creating a buzz amongst music lovers of all stripes.

The Northwest Repertory Singers. Photo courtesy of NWRS.

The Northwest Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Paul Schultz, brings 11 years of concert experience to the bill. Established in Tacoma in 2001, NWRS is one of the Puget Sound region’s premier vocal ensembles, and its mission it is to enrich and educate through the presentation of a creative choral repertoire performed at the highest artistic level.

The Total Experience Gospel Choir, under the direction of Pastor Patrinell Wright, is recognized as one of the most soulful and accomplished gospel choirs in the United States. Pastor Wright started TEGC as a gospel music class at Franklin High School, in Seattle, in 1973. Since then the ensemble has performed on five continents and in 38 countries. TEGC is featured on a Dave Matthews song entitled, “Save Me”.

Photo courtesy of Total Experience Gospel Choir.

The chorale singers and the gospel group have crafted a performance to shake the rafters at Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma. NWRS Artistic Director, Dr. Paul Schultz, said that the concert will include “interesting music in the sacred harp and Southern harmony styles. Some very unusual sounds will come from us that you may not have experienced in the past.” Some pieces will be performed by each group individually, others together. Schultz calls out Aaron Copeland’s fiendishly difficult “In the Beginning”, and the gospel melody, “For Every Mountain”, as two of the evening’s highlights.

Concert times are Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 3 at 3 pm. Dr. Schultz and Pastor Wright will give a pre-concert lecture about the music one hour before each performance. Information about NWRS is available on the website, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Learn more about TEGC here.

Concert tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets with no service fee at 1-800-838-3006 or online. Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for senior/student/military; children under 12 are free. Tickets are also available by calling 253-265-3042. Mason United Methodist Church is located at 2710 N. Madison St. in Tacoma’s Proctor District. Concert guests are encouraged to bring a food donation for the North End FISH food bank.

This is one concert you won’t want to miss!


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