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San Diego Festival Chorus

We are very excited about our upcoming December 7th Holiday Concert!

The concert will feature previously performed favorites as well as music we have featured in our concert travels throughout Europe. Scheduled for performance will be 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” will be supplemented with projected photos and videos of beautiful stained glass windows and great pipe organs in world renowned cathedrals. Included will be 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 have been secured to perform this beautiful music with the chorus. You don’t want to miss this great performance!

Selected for our second part of program will be 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 will be performed by our outstanding 48 piece symphony orchestra and 90 voice chorus. The performance will also be 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 is being planned to include individual photos of our chorus members sharing a brief holiday greeting.

Our concert will again be held in the beautiful College Avenue Baptist Church, with its ample comfortable seating, magnificent acoustics, and plentiful parking. You will not want to miss this very special concert. 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!

Happy Holidays!
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

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Our Recent Performance

For our spring concert, Sunday, May 18th at 3pm, the Chorus presented “A Patriotic Spectacular” honoring Memorial Day, our country and its military veterans. The Chorus is 90 members strong with a 48 piece symphony orchestra and performed in a great venue, College Avenue Baptist Church.

The program began with a Posting of the Colors performed to the music of John Philip Sousa, with musicians dressed in Civil War uniforms. Ken Serfass, formerly director of the Camp Pendleton Marine Division Band, conducted the group which continued with a special four-part vocal arrangement by him of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the National Anthem.

Then we performed the powerful “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“Grant Us Peace”) by the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Written in 1936, 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.

The second part of our concert contained two inspiring selections. The first, entitled “I Believe in America,” included patriotic narration and songs such as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” For the grand finale, the final selection “Let Freedom Ring” was spot-lighted with videos of a “fly-over” by the Navy “Blue Angels” and fireworks that were projected on side screens during the performance.  Please explore the links located below that will take you to samplings of some of our video moments.

We were so excited about presenting this inspirational concert!

 


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