Lincoln County’s own Coastalaires Barbershop Chorus celebrates 20 years with their 2015 “American Harmony” show Sunday afternoon, June 14, with special guests, the Salem SenateAires. The show begins at 3 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
The SenateAires, from Salem, have been entertaining Northwest audiences for over 60 years. The last 15 years have brought them 12 District championships and a 5th place bronze medal in the 2012 International Chorus Competition in Portland Oregon.
Steve Morin is the Musical Arts Director of the SenateAires. Under his leadership is Assistant Director Will Fox, who has directed numerous choirs at Westside Christian School to multiple state championships. Their newest Associate Director is Dean Waters who is a multi-state champion lead and international caliber singer.
The Coastalaires, directed by Jim Hoover, are a regular feature at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea of Lights each December, delivering Singing Valentines in February, as well as singing at numerous other community events throughout the year.
The Performing Arts Center’s recently installed Constellation acoustical enhancement system is particularly suited to the barbershop style of acappella singing, adding a clarity and fullness of sound rhat has to be experienced to be believed.
These two choruses will share the stage at Newport’s Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive St., at 3pm Sunday, June 14. Tickets are general admission (no reserved seats), $13 in advance, $15 at the door, available online at coastarts.org, 541-265-ARTS, or at the box office during regular business hours, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
The Coastalaires rehearse each Thursday evening at 7 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St., in Newport. Visitors are always welcome, especially men of any age who like to sing.