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San Diego Festival Chorus

Our Upcoming Concert

We cordially invite you to attend our Sunday, May 3rd Spring Concert at 3:00 pm, entitled "Two For The Show".

 

If you have attended previous concerts of the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra, you already know the high quality of music we bring to the greater San Diego community.  Our 90 voice chorus and 48 piece symphony orchestra features classical and lighter music to delight your discriminating ear.

 

Our concert-going audience averages approximately 1000 attendees per concert, and that number is steadily growing.  Our concert venue, the College Avenue Baptist Church, is perhaps one of the finest in San Diego with its comfortable seating, great acoustics, and convenient parking.

 

Our May 3rd concert features two superbly chosen musical selections. The first is Gioacchino Rossini's powerful, "Stabat Mater". This composition is said by music professionals to be one of his most celebrated musical masterpieces.  The Stabat Mater was written as a sacred work, and is composed more in an operatic style and features outstanding vocal soloists with our fine chorus and orchestra.  Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular and prolific composer in history with 39 operas to his name!  He was called The Italian Mozart because of the song-like melodies throughout his scores. 

 

The original Festival Chorus, which was founded in Chicago back in the 1960's, had a unique experience in the 1970's in Yugoslavia, which was then under Communist rule and therefore officially an atheist country.  While on tour there, the Chorus had been invited to perform at a church.  The pews were filled to overflowing, and there was an air of subdued excitement.  As soldiers stood guard with their automatic weapons, the Chorus performed the Stabat Mater.  At the conclusion, there was a long moment of absolute silence. Then the audience broke out in resounding applause. 

 

Our second musical offering is a special musical treat by John Rutter of English choral music fame.  His superb arrangement of "Feel The Spirit" includes many of the famous spirituals that have made American music known throughout the world.  The selections include: "Every Time I Feel the Spirit, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Deep River, Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho, Steal Away, I Got a Robe, and When The Saints Go Marching In".  We love to perform any of Rutter's music, from the sacred to the secular.  His compositions and arrangements are uniquely his with their unforgettable melodies.

We invite you to come to our very melodious concert on May 3rd at 3:00 pm, and feel our musical spirit!

 

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We were very excited about our December 7th Holiday Concert!

The concert featured previously performed favorites as well as music we have featured in our concert travels throughout Europe. Scheduled for performance were Antonio Vivaldi’s great choral masterwork “Gloria”, and the ever popular holiday favorite “The Many Moods of Christmas”, composed by the famous choral director Robert Shaw and arranged by Robert Russell Bennett. As you may already know, Robert Shaw was the music director of the San Diego Symphony for many years.

The prolific Venetian composer, Antonio Vivaldi, master of the concerto-grosso form for orchestra, is known for his most famous work “The Four Seasons”, which was often featured in movie films. Additionally, our production of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” was supplemented with projected photos and videos of beautiful stained glass windows and great pipe organs in world renowned cathedrals. Included were photographs of the interior of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the celebrated fresco paintings of the Sistine Chapel, and the sculptures of Michaelangelo’s “David” and “Pieta”. Outstanding San Diego soprano soloists had been secured to perform this beautiful music with the chorus. This was a great performance!

Selected for the second part of our program was Robert Shaw’s “The Many Moods of Christmas” as orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett, composer of the 1950 musical score for “Victory at Sea”. The four Suites of “The Many Moods” music include many of the world’s famous and well known Christmas carols. They were performed by our outstanding 48 piece symphony orchestra and 90 voice chorus. This performance was also supported with photos, videos and paintings of winter scenes of the greater New England countryside and famous artists such as Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell. A special feature of this part of the program was the inclusion of individual photos of our chorus members sharing a brief holiday greeting.

Our concert was again held in the beautiful College Avenue Baptist Church, with its ample comfortable seating, magnificent acoustics, and plentiful parking. You will not want to miss any of our very special concerts!  Please call 619-977-3181 now to arrange for your tickets. Several categories of reduced prices are available, and they are indicated on the face of the flyer. Your tickets will be saved for you at our Will Call desk for easy pick-up any time after 2:00pm on the day of the concert.

Remember, the gift of music is a special one that will always be remembered!

Warmly,
Tony and Greta Mostardo

Please contact our director, Tony Mostardo, at (619) 670-3588 if you are interested in joining our lively group or if you have any other questions.

 

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Video Moment Links

Dirge for Two Veterans, from Dona Nobis Pacem – Ralph Vaughn Williams
   http://youtu.be/KNR24AqvI8M

Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones – Orrin Hatch
   http://youtu.be/Z4Gru9CHyhA

Chajes-Tchaikovsky (Nutcracker = 0:50)
    http://youtu.be/DIVZ3PTm8zM

Requiem - Faure
    http://youtu.be/GI-ow2dC35Y

Mass in C - Beethoven
    http://youtu.be/7T-G34bcnXM

Rodgers and Berlin
    http://youtu.be/Zuurw1roTSo

The powerful “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“Grant Us Peace”), was written in 1936 by the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.  This cantata was his plea for peace referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. His texts include hauntingly beautiful poems by the poet Walt Whitman in remembrance of the American Civil War.

The song “Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones” by Senator Orrin Hatch is a fitting contrast to the Williams work. This composition with projected videos of the National Grave site in Normany, France honored our dead who fought so valiantly in the Norman invasion. The first part of this program concluded with anthems from the branches of our military service. Veterans and current military service personnel were invited to stand and be recognized as the music from their branch of service was performed.

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