Singing an American Tradition 

April 24, 2018

Long-time friends and musical collaborators Jon Palmason, Michael Delos and Gerald Berthiaume reunite at 2 pm, Sunday, April 29 in Plymouth Sanctuary to sing and perform music that brought them together 45 years ago as Adelphian Concert Choir members. Founded in 1932, the 48-voice Adelphian Concert Choir is one of University of Puget Sound’s signature groups and is recognized as one of the Northwest’s most acclaimed ensembles.most acclaimed ensembles. s most acclaimed ensembles. For more than 70 years this auditioned choir has sustained a level of choral excellence that has brought accolades from audiences in Canada, Europe, and on the West Coast. It has appeared at the state, regional, and national conventions of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Consistently, the Adelphians receive the highest acclaim for standards in repertoire, interpretation, and musicianship.

Palmason recently reflected on that life-changing time in his life. “Our advisor, mentor and a major influence, Bruce Rodgers, was a huge advocate of American Music and the Adelphian Choir conductor.”

Each spring the group embarked on a West Coast bus tour. They performed at Methodist churches large and small, shared many church pot-luck dinners and enjoyed home-stays. During the trio’s tenure, the Choir was invited to be resident choir in Vienna, Austria. Staying in a downtown pensioné, for five months, they sang and traveled their way through Europe.

“For this concert, I wanted to sing songs that are important to me,” says Palmason, a tenor. “I will sing several Spirituals arranged by Jester Hairston and songs from my favorite musicals, two of which I performed in, including Cole Porter’s Kiss me Kate, Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and a beautiful love song from Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon.

Bass Michael Delos performs works by Charles Ives, an American modernist composer. Pianist Gerald Berthiaume, who has several recordings to his credit, performs works from Copland’s Rodeo and American Romantic period composer and pianist Edward MacDowell’s masterpiece, To a Wild Rose. “Gerry will also play one his own compositions; he is an amazing player,” adds Palmason.

Proceeds benefit Operation Nightwatch, headed by Deputy Director Ann Sakaguchi, also a classmate and University of Puget Sound Alumni. 


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