The Boeing Employees Choir from Seattle, Washington will present a free concert of choral music in St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway on Saturday 12 September at 7.30pm.
Consisting of employees and retirees of US aviation giant Boeing, the choir is undertaking its inaugural performance tour of Ireland and Scotland this September and will also present concerts in The Set Theatre, Kilkenny (Wednesday 9 September) and Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin (Monday 14 September).
The Boeing Employees Choir is conducted by Dr David Chrysler and accompanied by Boeing engineering analyst, Danete O’Neal.
The concert will also feature a performance from award winning Galway based work place choir The Marine Institute Singers.
The Boeing Employees Choir chose to tour Ireland in part because of Boeing’s history of and ongoing business with Irish companies. According to the choir’s director, David Chrysler, “We also just plain like Ireland and Scotland and among the many parts of Europe we’ve toured, the choir has never toured there.”
As The Boeing Company’s ambassador in song, “We work for The Boeing Company, we sing for our friends!” is the motto that best describes the choir. Organized to help employees’ children celebrate Christmas during the bleak years of World War II, the choir has continued for more than 72 years to entertain and inspire audiences at home and around the world.
Their current at-home concert choir has a complement of about 60 singers, employees of Boeing, retirees and family members. They rehearse weekly and have two concert seasons in the Seattle, Washington area.