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San Diego Festival Chorus Presents

Our Upcoming Concert

November 2015

Dear Friends of the Chorus,

We cordially invite you to attend our Sunday, December 6, 2015 concert. As usual, our concert will be held in the magnificent College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, with its easy parking, great seating and fabulous acoustics.

Scheduled for the first half of our performance is Felix Mendelssohn's majestic, "Hymn of Praise". This classic masterwork for chorus, soloists and orchestra is actually his Second Choral Symphony. The work's text is based on the Old Testament, and it will be sung in English. The text will be printed in our concert program for easy following. Outstanding professional vocal soloists have been secured to complement the performance of this great musical work.

The second half of our program will feature the season’s best in choral music and help to set the stage for your holiday celebrations. Did you know that the gift of music is one of the best ways to show your love for friends and family during the holidays? It is so easy to secure reasonably priced tickets by calling 619-977-3181 or clicking here, and they will be reserved for pick up on the day of the concert at our Will-Call.

Also, if you love to travel and have never been to our great State of Alaska, we invite you to be a part of our chorus travel group for 13 wonderful days as we cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska, June 25 – July 7, 2016. We will be performing two concerts aboard the "Coral Princess" of the famous Princess Cruise Lines and we will be performing two additional concerts at their 5-Star Resorts in Takeetna and Fairbanks. This amazing 13-day, all-inclusive concert tour is available now for signing up at the reduced rate of less than $4,000.00 per person. If you are interested, please contact our concert cruise director, Margie Riley, Gateway Music Tours at margie.riley@musicfestivals.com.  You do not need to be a singer.

We hope to see you on Sunday, December 6th at 3:00pm, when we will again entertain you with our beautiful music.

Musically yours, Tony Mostardo, Director

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SDFC’s 2016 Alaskan Concert Tour

November, 2015


Dear friends of the chorus, past and present.


If you have been following our activities you know how excited we are about our 2015-16 choral season. In checking our website; www.sandiegofestivalchorus.org you may have noticed our Sunday, December 6th 2015 concert as well as the new date of our Spring concert, April 29 2016. Additionally, we have scheduled a concert cruise and land tour to Alaska, June 25 through July 7.


I recently spoke with Margie Riley from Gateway Music Tours who is arranging our cruise/land concert tour of 13 wonderful days, 7 days at sea and 6 days on our land portion of our tour. We have received confirmation from Princess Cruises’ Entertainment Director that he is delighted with the video we submitted to them and is thrilled with our Berlin and Rodgers music and our Patriotic segment of our 2014 concerts, as a prelude to the “Coral Princess” Fourth of July 2016 celebration. They want to showcase our performances with two concerts aboard the ship as well as two more at their Princess Cruise Resorts near Talkeetna, and at their wildlife Lodge in Denali, Alaska. To encourage signing up for the tour package, Princess Cruises has added several free options and has reduced the initial cost of the package by approximately $200.00 from what was originally presented to our board. They have also have extended our tour an additional 3 days to July 7th 2015.


Now the best part! In an earlier meeting with the SDFC board Margie gave us a figure of around $4,393.00 for this amazing 13 day tour that includes round trip airfare from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. returning from Fairbanks, Alaska on July 7th. The current sale being offered by Princess, is about $200.00 per person less than the original. This now brings the complete cruise and land tour with concerts (4) to around $4,193, and we have qualified for a stateroom location upgrade (approximate $30.00 pp value), including gratuities in the suggested amount of $11.50 per day ($92.00 pp value), and a specialty Dining Voucher aboard ship in their specialty restaurants ($25.00 pp value). This is a fantastic deal! 


Don’t let this trip of a lifetime pass you by! Click here for a registration form.


Additional generic information is available at   https://youtu.be/NHqJf6Un5-U?t=296.  To register for the tour, email your contact information to Margie Riley at Gateway Music Festivals and Tours  margie.riley@musicfestivals.comPlease also use this email address for any questions, because a paper trail is necessary for tracking your needs and preferences. 


If you would like to come sing with us (audition not required, but experience helpful), rehearsals are every other Sunday, 1pm to 3pm starting January 10th at Unity San Diego, 3770 Altadena Ave., San Diego 92105.


You need not be a singer to participate in the tour!  Family and friends and singers from other musical organizations are welcome to join us.


Tony Mostardo, Director, 619-670-3588

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Video Moment Links

Dirge for Two Veterans, from Dona Nobis Pacem – Ralph Vaughn Williams

Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones – Orrin Hatch

Chajes-Tchaikovsky (Nutcracker = 0:50)

Requiem - Faure

Mass in C - Beethoven

Rodgers and Berlin

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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