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December 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Chorus signer: Integral to the choir

As local a hard-of-hearing kid, the thought of attending musical concerts and performances was not often considered. Leisurely activities tended toward art galleries and museums, until we attended the Seattle Men’s Chorus [“Critics say chorus interpreter is inaccurate, seek his removal,” NWThursday, Dec. 29].

Its excellent performance was wonderfully supplemented by Kevin Gallagher’s interpretation. Thanks to him, my family has been given the privilege of a fully inclusive choice for the annual holiday show.

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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?

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