Vashon Allied Arts will hold an evening of singing to honor the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who is often recognized on his birthday, Jan. 25.
On Saturday evening, the choral ensemble whateverandeveramen will lead audience members in singing the songs of Burns as well as other traditional Scottish and Irish drinking songs.
Burns, an 18th-century lyricist, is widely regarded as Scotland’s national poet. He is most recognized through his poem-song “Auld Lang Syne” and by “Scots Wha Hae,” the unofficial Scottish national anthem.
Whateverandeveramen, based in Seattle, performs high-quality choral literature of varied styles from all musical eras. The group often performs in settings and venues that are not typical for choral music, hoping to inspire new appreciation for the music.
On Vashon, the singers of whateverandeveramen will teach songs throughout the evening, and audience members need no prior singing experience. While Robert Burns Day is often commemorated with supper, the VAA event will focus on song.
The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron and is for ages 21 and older only. Tickets are $18 general admission and $14 for VAA members and seniors. Tickets are available at the Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest and vashonalliedarts.org.