Unitarian choir to premiere new work Saturday

Posted by MIKE DUNHAM on April 8, 2013 

Justin Birchell, seen here as Samuel in Anchorage Opera's recent "Pirates of Penzance," is the composer of a new work to be debuted by the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Church choir on Saturday.

LOREN HOLMES COURTESY ANCHORAGE OPERA.

 

The choir of the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Church - one of the newer ones in Anchorage, we hear - will present its first-ever concert, "When the Spirit Says Sing," at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.

 

 A highlight of the program will be the premiere of Justin Birchell's setting of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself." Birchell was most recently seen as pirate Samuel in Anchorage Opera's sold out performances of "The Pirates of Penzance" but has experience as both a singer and composer. 

 

 The program will include “Elijah Rock,” “Rainbow Connection,” Allen Ginsberg's song-poem, “Father Death Blues,” “Veni Sancte Spiritus” and “Prayer of St. Francis” along with more familiar pieces.

 

Admission is by pay-what-you-can donation. The church is at 3201 Turnagain St.

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