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San Diego Festival Chorus Presents

Our Upcoming Concert


December 21, 2015


Dear Fellow Members of the San Diego Chorus Past and Present:


Bravo! Stupendous! Brilliant! Amazing! The best ever!  If You have not as yet had a chance to see and hear the short video segments placed on You Tube I urge you to do so. From the opening strains of the “Hymn of Praise” to the final selection of the “Christmas Carol” portion of our program we scored a plus 10. Thank you all for singing your hearts out. Approximately 700 people attended the concert! To get the full effect of the music, suggest you listen to the segments with a good set of stereo earphones. (place the You Tube links here)

What’s Ahead?  We have music that you will love to perform. Chosen for our Sunday April 24th 2016 classical portion of the concert will be Beethoven’s majestic, “Choral Fantasy”, Opus 80. This work features a concert pianist, 4 soloists, chorus and orchestra, Beethoven’s original design for his famous Ninth Symphony, the “Choral Symphony”. For the second part of our program we have selected “100 Years of Broadway”. A collection of songs from “Tin Pan Alley” to modern day Broadway musicals. Some of these selections will be incorporated into our “Salute to America” Alaskan Concert tour June 25 through July 7th. We will perform two concerts aboard the Princess Cruise Line, “The Coral Princess” and two concerts during the land portion of the tour. This 13-day cruise and land tour includes round trip air fare, travel insurance, on board ship credits, upgrades with lectures and included side trips. Currently, we have 50 people signed up for the tour. Singers and instrumentalists can still register for this once in a lifetime concert tour by contacting; Margie Riley at Gateway Concert Tours1-763-271-2580 or  margie.riley@musicfestivals.com.. Rehearsals for the tour portion of the San Diego Festival Chorus season begin Sunday, January, 17th 2016 and will be held the Unity San Diego Church from 1:30-3:00PM on alternate Sundays from January through June. There is a “Bon Voyage Concert planned prior for a Friday or Saturday afternoon or evening in June before the tour.

Registration Information Rehearsals for our Sunday April 24th 3:00 PM concert will begin Monday January 11th 7-9:30 PM at the Hillsdale Middle School 1301 Brabham, El Cajon, CA 92019. Regular Monday night rehearsals will continue until our concert date, Sunday, April 24th 2016. A “Two for One” registration promotion policy has been extended for this concert. Simply bring a singing friend who will remain in the chorus until concert time and each of you pay only $30.00 each. Single membership is still $60.00 per person. Music for you to use, mark and keep will be available at our first rehearsal for $17.00 and can be purchased as well on any rehearsal Monday. Now is the time to make your Monday evenings a memorable singing experience by expanding your knowledge and appreciation of great music, and experiencing the excitement of concert performance with a live orchestra.

Musically yours, Tony Mostardo, Director




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SDFC’s 2016 Alaskan Concert Tour


Dear friends of the chorus, past and present.


If you have been following our activities you know how excited we are about our 2016 choral season, concert cruise and land tour to Alaska, June 25 through July 7.


Margie Riley, from Gateway Music Tours, 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. This amazing 13 day tour that includes round trip airfare from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. returning from Fairbanks, Alaska on July 7th.


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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