Seattle Peace Chorus celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

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‘Peace to the Planet’

Thursday, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, is something to shout about … or, even better, sing. That’s what the Seattle Peace Chorus plans to do twice this week, in shows described as “a combination of concert and environmental-action fair.” The program includes songs from South Africa, Brazil and other spots around the globe, along with a reprise of SPC artistic director Frederick West’s oratorio “Upon This Land” for chorus, percussion ensemble, brass quintet and double winds, originally composed for the 20th anniversary of Earth Day.

Featured soloists are Alexandra Picard (soprano), Tessa Studebaker (alto), Sid Law (tenor), and Charles Robert Stephens (baritone). Also on the roster: “a call to ecological action” by Kathy Fletcher, founder-executive of People for Puget Sound.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; both concerts are $13-$20 (information:; tickets: 800-838-3006 or

Michael Upchurch,

Seattle Times arts writer