Seattle Choir Offers Tickets to Nonprofits for Their Financially Needy Clients to Attend May 31 and June 1 Concerts Featuring Songs of Travel and Journeying

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The Joyful! Noise community choir is offering complimentary tickets to Seattle-area nonprofits to distribute to their clients who could not otherwise afford to attend the choir’s spring concerts. The concerts take place on Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church, with a program featuring songs of journeys, both real and metaphorical.

Joyful! Noise Spring Concert

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The songs take the audience on journeys both real and metaphorical, while exploring the beauty . . . and melancholy we may experience when we find ourselves on the road and far from home.

The desire to create a joyful community is what inspired Jeff and Melissa Thirloway to found Joyful! Noise community choir in 2010. Part of their vision for that community is to welcome those who could not otherwise attend their concerts because of the cost of tickets. During each concert season, they invite nonprofit organizations and agencies to request up to 10 tickets each to distribute to clients who would like to attend their concerts but cannot afford tickets. Past organizations that have used tickets include Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Recovery Café, Bailey-Boushay House, Cancer Lifeline, and Mary’s Place.

To receive tickets for the concerts, which take place on May 31 at 8 p.m. and June 1 at 3 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue in Seattle, representatives of Seattle-area nonprofits and agencies should contact Melissa Thirloway at info(at)joyfulnoiseseattle(dot)org, or call her at 425-941-1399 by May 27. Up to 10 tickets per organization are available.

The inspiration for the concert program, titled "All Our Bags Are Packed," was an arrangement of John Denver's classic “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane,” according to conductor and artistic director Jeff Thirloway. “The songs take the audience on journeys both real and metaphorical,” he said, “while exploring the beauty, exuberance and melancholy we may experience when we find ourselves on the road and far from home.” In addition to a John Denver medley, the choir will sing “What a Wonderful World,” “From a Distance,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Fly Away,” “This Land Is Your Land” and other familiar and fresh songs of the journey. Pieces feature guitar, drums, string bass, cello and flute accompaniment.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. They are available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets at More information is available on the Joyful! Noise website.

Joyful! Noise Community Choir was founded in 2010 by conductor and artistic director Jeff Thirloway and his wife, Melissa Thirloway, a vocal performer, teacher, and coach. The 30-member choir typically performs in the spring and the holiday season and rehearses at Seattle First Baptist Church. The choir welcomes new members with some musical skills and provides support to grow as a singer and ensemble member. To audition, contact info(at)joyfulnoiseseattle(dot)org.

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