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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 31, 2013

Tri-Valley's top chorus holding auditions

Singers celebrating 50th anniversary season

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Valley Concert Chorale is holding auditions Monday for new members to perform special works planned for its 50th anniversary season, which includes a performance of "Carmina Burana" at the Bankhead Theater in March.

"The chorale is seeking experienced singers with sight-reading skills who enjoy singing exciting and challenging music," said spokeswoman Heidi Massie. "The chorale performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical to contemporary, and folk to jazz."

Auditions will be held Monday, June 3, as well as in August and September, at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, 2020 Fifth St.

The 50th anniversary concert season will feature the following performances and events:

* October: The Best of the Best -- The Top 10 Choruses, featuring those by Handel, Bach, Brahms, Mozart and more.

* December: Winter Wonderland, featuring Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and familiar holiday songs.

* March 2014: A Choral Spectacular, featuring "Carmina Burana" at the Bankhead Theater, and a performance on the peninsula in collaboration with the Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo.

* May 2014: A Morten Lauridsen Festival with Morten Lauridsen, featuring two performances, one at Pleasanton's Amador Theater and the other in San Francisco at Mission Dolores Basilica, of all-Lauridsen choral selections and choral workshop that will include local high schools and colleges led by Lauridsen.

Valley Concert Chorale has been conducted by John Emory Bush since 1998. He holds a master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music and is also music director and conductor of the San Francisco Concert Chorale. Learn more at www.valleyconcertchorale.org or by calling 866-4003.

The chorale also has an educational outreach program, Music in the Schools, which presents original performances at Tri-Valley primary school assemblies. Individuals and corporations are invited to contribute; call Pam Grove at 462-4205.

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