Spectrum Singers sing in protest, hoping to commemorate historic social movements

Spectrum Singers sing in protest, hoping to commemorate historic social movements
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Spectrum Singers is an all-inclusive chorus in Spokane, Washington celebrating their second year together composed of about 80 singers of various backgrounds, ages and experiences.

Through the power of song, the singers strive to empower and unite the community, amplify diverse voices and serve as a catalyst for positive social change with their platform.

According to a press release, Spectrum Singers specifically aim to affirm people from all minority sexual orientations and gender identities and their allies as they are members of GALA Choruses, the national organization that “leads the North American LGBT choral movement.”

On Saturday, November 16, Spectrum Singers will perform “Still Standing” for their fall concert at Spokane Falls Community College Music Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

They will explore songs of protest and hope as they are led by their new artistic director, Joshua Shank, who is also a Gonzaga University music professor.

According to Spectrum Singers, “Still Standing” will feature all different styles of music, from traditional choral pieces to rock.

The songs were sparked in the spirit of protest and hope, calling back to historic social movements like the Civil Rights Movement and the Stonewall Riots.

Part of “Still Standing” is focused on commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which played a major role in the LGBTQ+ movement.

Spectrum Singers offers up anthems of protest as well as a deeply-held hope for a better future,” said Shank, “”Without Selma or the Stonewall Riots, there would be no Civil Rights Act or marriage equality.”

These movements were created to have hope for change to eventually come and the Spectrum Singers focus on empowering people to continue that change.

General admission tickets are $15 and discounted tickets are available for youth, students, and seniors for $10.

For more information about Spectrum Singers’ “Still Standing” concert and to purchase tickets please visit the Spectrum Singers website.