June 9, 2008 · Updated 3:01 PM
"The jazz age may be dead, but the Bainbridge Chorale has reached its prime with music Fitzgerald's bright young things would have enjoyed. We're 26 years old, says singer and board member Karen Rice, and we're still blessed with creativity and commitment. She says the way new members rub shoulders with those who have seen the project through from its conception makes the chorale unique. And she cites another attribute the bebop lover would esteem - a supportive community. Which is why president Sally Nelson anticipates a turn out at this weekend's concert fit to rival the number of hours spent in rehearsal. And it is the musical director of Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Seattle, Anthony Spain, who will be conducting new jazz compositions from Hollywood award-winning Roger Treece, along with other old-style jazz favorites.Although this is the first time the chorale has performed freshly composed jazz, they are familiar with innovative projects. Last year they travelled to China to perform, and next year Rice anticipates a school exchange program.Nelson said that the chorale hopes to educate people about music, and Rice adds that the enthusiasm of island churches and schools for music makes their efforts particularly worthwhile.We have such a crossover audience, says Rice. People love music here - it nourishes their lives.* * * * *The Bainbridge Chorale performs at 7:30 p.m. June 17 at the Playhouse."