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December 22, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Sign language chorus interpreter integral to Seattle Men’s Chorus

Well, one surmises one could print all of the lyrics to all of the songs sung by Seattle Men’s Chorus, but really there is no substitute for my friend Kevin Gallagher’s interpretive, inimitable signage [“Critics say chorus interpreter is inaccurate, seek his removal,” NWThursday, dec. 29].

At times there is so much action on stage that you can either watch the chorus or the Signer — and at times Kevin is the cynosure to whom all eyes are drawn. When SMC sings the “Hallelujah Chorus,” is Kevin supposed to spell out “hallelujah” every time it’s sung? Should his fingers fall off to satisfy the purists?

A few years ago we sang a number where each letter of “schadenfreude” was rapidly spelled out and, yes, I suppose Kevin faithfully signed every letter. But was that truly useful to our non-German-speaking-or-hearing patrons? Be honest, now,

Taking Kevin out of Seattle Men’s Chorus would be tantamount to removing “Love” from the TV hit “I, Lucy.” It’s not Kevin who needs a coach, it’s Cinderella. Kevin should fly in on Pegasus. Wait! But how do you sign “whoa?”

 — Fred Ketteman, Seattle

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