Choir and chamber singers to serenade McAllister audience

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Concert choir event is Monday afternoon

By Anthony B. Botello

This college’s concert choir and chamber singers will perform “Look Up!” at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the auditorium of the McAllister Fine Arts Center.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Cindy Sanchez, director of choral activities and the show’s choir director, said she chose certain compositions with a theme of the sky, sun and moon for the “Look Up!” performance. The different styles and composers complement each other, she said.

“I love my job; it’s a lot of fun,” Sanchez said.

Music adjunct Timothy Birt will sing in French “L’Huere Exquise,” composed by Reynaldo Hahn, with lyrics by poet Paul Verlaine.

Choir members Danny Desandro, Josh Reding and Andrew Olmos will perform an all-male version of “Nella Fantasia” by Ennio Morricone.

“It is about peace and honesty, and it is very uplifting,” Sanchez said.

The song “Over the Rainbow” will feature the choir women. Soloist Sarah Beth Agosto will perform “Sing Me To Heaven.”

A contemporary piece is “Up, Up and Away” by The 5th Dimension.

Much of the show will be a cappella, but Cindy Ellis, adviser for voice education and performance majors, will accompany the choir on piano for some songs.

“Chamber singers are auditioned music majors, and the concert choir is anybody who wants to sing,” Sanchez said. “Nursing, architecture — all kinds of majors are in the concert choir.”

Concerts are performed twice a semester, one at midterm and one at semester’s end. Interested students should sign up for MUEN 1411.

“Anyone interested should sign up for choir,” Sanchez said. “It’s a lot of fun. Kids learn a lot.”

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