MCE honors First Ladies

Annual choral concert welcomes Independence Day.

  • Friday, June 7, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Master Chorus Eastside’s (MCE) Celebrate America concert is returning to ring in Independence Day.

The performance will be 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Pickering Barn in Issaquah (1730 10th Ave. NW). Patriotic songs, sing alongs, and “all-American music” will be performed, and the music will be punctuated by historical readings and commentary about some of the women who have served as First Ladies.

“Some remarkable women have served our country side-by-side with their husbands,” MCE conductor Dr. Linda Gingrich said in a press release. “I hope this concert helps deepen our appreciation of these First Ladies.”

For tickets, call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 425-392-8446 or go online to Brown Paper Tickets at

More information about the chorus can be found online at

Now in its 28th season, Master Chorus Eastside performs mainly on the Eastside, but has appeared in Benaroya Hall, throughout western Washington, and in numerous performances on the Argosy Christmas ship. The Chorus was also invited to the Jamestown anniversary celebrations in 2007, appeared twice in the Choral Festival in Leavenworth, the second time with Dr. Gingrich as the featured conductor, performed in all three of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortiums SeattleSings! choral festivals, and on the Columbia River as part of the Lewis and Clark 200th-anniversary celebrations.

Artistic director and conductor Linda Gingrich is a long-time Issaquah resident and founder and conductor of Master Chorus Eastside. She received her doctoral and master’s degrees in choral conducting from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in voice from Cornish College of the Arts.

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