MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's concert choir and orchestra musicians will perform a popular radio play inspired by the Salish, a Pacific Northwest Indian tribe, on Monday, March 7.
"Song of the Salish Chief" was commissioned and premiered by the Vancouver Cantata Singers for the 1986 centennial celebration of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Its text emanates from a 1954 radio play by poet Earle Birney.
The work details the life of the Salish people, tribes connected by language throughout British Columbia, through the eyes of a chief.
The music, from Canadian composer Peter Bjerring, and text depict one tribe's early journeys and successes, as well as the tragic fate of the Salish nation.
Western professor Curt Yenhert will serve as narrator for the evening. WOU's Chamber Singers and members of its percussion ensemble and orchestra will also perform the double-choir motet "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied," BWV 225 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The free event, sponsored by the university's music department, begins at 7:30 p.m. at Rice Auditorium on the Western campus.
For more information: 503-838-8437.