The choirs include 45 singers – 20 teenage girls and 25 boy sopranos and altos and will be accompanied by organist Ivan Sarajishvili. The concert is open to the public with no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. The Boys Choir is directed by the cathedral Cantor, Oddgeir Kjetilstad. His wife, Tuva Ramlo Ystad, conducts the Girls Choir. The choirs perform regularly at the Stavanger Cathedral (Domkirke) for Sunday services, concerts, and other special occasions. This is the fourth tour of the choirs to the Western United States and Canada since 1994.
Ivan Sarajishvili, organist and doctoral candidate at Eastman, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia on August 5, 1972 to a family deeply rooted in Georgian musical tradition. He started playing piano at the age of seven. After acquiring a university degree in International Law in 1994 (State University, Tbilisi), he was admitted to the Sacred Music Department of the State Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. He also received an EU scholarship for historical performance studies at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, graduated with bachelor in Sacred Music in 2000, Master in Sacred Music in 2002 (Oslo) and was awarded Post Master Soloist Diploma in 2004 (Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen). He is currently the Music Director and Cathedral Organist at Stavanger Cathedral, Norway. Having sat on the program board of Norwegian Organ Festival since 2007, he also acts as Artistic director of the Summer Festival at Stavanger Cathedral.
The program focus will be on Norwegian music, new and old. A reception will follow. All are welcome. A freewill offering will be appreciated.
The performance will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036. For more information call 425-778-2159 or email www.trinitylutheranchurch.com. The choir will also be performing at the Silverdale Lutheran Church on October 6th at 7:30 pm. The Silverdale church is located at 11701 Ridgepoint Drive NW.