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February 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM

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Lifting every voice


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Director Juan Huey-Ray practices with "The Sound of the Northwest" choir at St. Clement of Rome Episcopal Church in Seattle Monday.


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Nick Bellotto, second row center, Lavert Woodard, third row left, and Eldridge Harding practice with the "The Sound of the Northwest" choir.

The interracial community choir, made up of about 50 individuals from around Western Washington, is preparing to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, Feb. 19. The group, which sings Negro spirituals a cappella, will take the stage with about 300 performers from around the country and guest conductor Jacqueline Hairston. "The Sound of the Northwest" choir will also be featured in an ensemble spotlight series, where they will perform as a solo group for 25 minutes. The choir strives to increase awareness and appreciation of African-American musical heritage. The group is taking contributions to help cover the cost of the trip. For more information visit: www.culturalpursuits.org.


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