The Ballard-grown choir Market Street Singers is turning 15 years old, and they’re getting ready to perform an anniversary concert in mid-May.
The singers banded together in 2004, after the Arts Ballard organization put out a request for a choir for an arts festival.
“At the time there were no plans to continue, but a few people saw the need for a choir in the area and had the vision to launch what is now the Ballard community’s largest performing ensemble,” Chris Vincent, Market Street Singers Artistic Director said. “We are proud and thrilled to be going strong 15 years later, and we invite you to celebrate this special milestone with us.”
Vincent says the concert will be “truly retrospective” — all the songs have been chosen by the members: their all-time favorites from the past 15 years.
The performance will be closed in a unique fashion: they’ll invite all former members or members-on-leave on stage to sing “The Awakening” by Joseph Martin, one of the choir’s favorite choral works.
The 15th Anniversary Concert will be held Saturday, May 11 at 3pm and 7:30pm (two separate performances) at the Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave, First Hill). The event is free, but the choir will accept donations.