Mid-Columbia Community Choir Ladies Chorus will present a benefit concert June 1, at 4 p.m. in the Parkdale Community Church sanctuary at 4910 Baseline Road, Parkdale.
Admission is free but a free-will offering will be received for Parkdale FISH Food Bank. This local agency serves those in need to alleviate hunger by distributing food regularly and on an emergency basis. Except for two half-time employees, FISH is an all-volunteer organization.
Mid-Columbia Community Choir Ladies Chorus is a gorge-based ladies group formed in 2013 and made up of 16 ladies who are members of the larger choir. Each month the ladies visit one of several local care facilities singing for shut-ins and bring their message of hope through music. They have performed bedside concerts for individuals and families in hospice care.
The Ladies Chorus will perform classical to contemporary pieces including “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” a well-known hymn and “Be Still and Know,” a contemporary arrangement by Tom Fettke.
The chorus will be joined by some of the men from the larger choir to sing a Moses Hogan favorite, “My Soul’s Been Anchored In the Lord.” Additional instrumentalists, Dawn Rankin on flute and Rebecca Nederheiser on oboe will accompany the ladies on Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.”
Perry Cole is the director of the Mid-Columbia Community Choir and also directs the Ladies Chorus.
“Over the past year the Ladies of the Chorus, not the movie, have really come together to sing both acapella and accompanied music that uplifts,” said Perry. “I’m very proud of what they have done over the past year and definitely recommend this concert to those who enjoy inspirational Christian singing.
Those in attendance are invited to a reception hosted by the Parkdale Community Church following the concert.