Long Beach Camerata Singers Season Debut, October 25

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The Long Beach Camerata Singers will debut their season on Sunday, October 25, in the Long Beach City College Auditorium with “Joy, Fantasy, and Remembrance: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.” The evening’s program promises to capture the fascination of audiences from all walks, with repertoire ranging from the classic pillar, Beethoven’s “Chorale Fantasy,” to the world premiere commission, “We Are Joy,” by Jenni Brandon.

The performance “celebrates the Long Beach Camerata Singers’ 50-year history connecting the Long Beach community with choral music of the finest quality. The program celebrates our long history performing masterworks of the past as well as our dedication to education and music of the future,” says Artistic Director, Robert Istad.

Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, a piano concerto for chorus and orchestra, is presented to honor the beloved music of the masters. It will feature one of the nation’s finest pianists, Timothy Durkovic, in an impassioned solo that concludes with a thrilling choral finale.

Triptych, a choral piece by Tarik O’Regan, is both a eulogy for those that have come before us and a meditation on eternity. “O’Regan evokes a modern aesthetic as he illuminates an extraordinary, moving text he assembled himself,” says Istad. “It represents our enthusiasm for the highest quality works of the present.”

The program concludes with the premiere of We Are Joy! by Long Beach composer Jenni Brandon, preceded by a poetry reading by the editor of Gazettes Newspapers, Harry Saltzgaver. Istad reports “the Long Beach Camerata Singers commissioned Jenni not only as a commemoration of our 50th Anniversary, but to uphold our commitment to foster the choral music of the future.” Brandon’s piece replicates the same forces as Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in her piece, and connects Beethoven’s concept of joy with our modern lives.

The performance will begin at 4:30 PM, with a pre-concert lecture presented by Jenni Brandon at 3:30 PM. The Long Beach City College Auditorium (4901 Carson St) is located at the corner of Clark Ave and Harvey Way, and will provide free parking in lots E & F. Tickets are $30 for general seating, $40 for preferred seating, and $10 for students (at the door with an ID), and can be purchased online at LBCamerata.org.

Long Beach Camerata Singers is a 501(c)3 non-profit, 90-voice choir that has provided Long Beach residents with high-quality choral music for fifty years. Currently under the artistic direction of Robert Istad, Director of Choral Studies at CSU Fullerton and Associate Director of the Pacific Chorale, the choir presents 8 concerts a year, including a fully-orchestrated performance of Handel’s Messiah and the annual Long Beach Bach Festival. Repertoire encompasses a wide range of works from the Renaissance to the present. Though its roots are in classical music, more contemporary choral works, jazz, Broadway and popular tunes have been added in recent years to broaden audience appeal.

For more information about Long Beach Camerata Singers, please visit us at LBCamerata.org or call (562) 373-5654. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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