Seattle Peace Chorus offers rare performance of the Missa Luba to benefit a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
If you’re old enough to remember Lindsay Anderson’s 1968 film “If ” you’ll likely also remember star Malcolm McDowell’s favorite listening material in the movie: a Catholic mass sung in “pure Congolese style” by a boy choir and a battery of percussion instruments.
The Missa Luba, as it’s called, is the last thing I ever expected to hear performed in Seattle. But thanks to conductor Fred West and the Seattle Peace Chorus, it’s getting two performances this weekend. Senegalese drummers Thione and Gora Diop, Vawachi Marimba Ensemble, kora player Kane Mathis and tenor Sid Law are among the featured performers. During the concert, a freewill offering will be collected for the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which specializes in treating survivors of sexual violence. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Green Lake United Methodist Church, 6415 First Ave. N.E., Seattle; $17-$20 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
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