Long Beach Camerata Singers Set to Present 50th Anniversary Season

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Long Beach Camerata Singers turns 50 this year, and there’s a lot to celebrate: a cadre of new singers, the premiere of a new work commissioned for this milestone and an artistic partnership with the Long Beach Symphony, to name but a few of its recent accomplishments over the past half-decade. The 2015-16 season includes four performances by the choir, as well as four other events that are part of its annual Long Beach Bach Festival, of which 3 are free of charge. The choir’s Artistic Director, Dr. Rob Istad, describes the season as one that “will bring exceptional, diverse musical experiences to the people of our city. You won’t want to miss a moment!”

The season opens on October 25 at 4:30 p.m. with a concert entitled, “Joy, Fantasy and Remembrance,” leading off with Beethoven’s uplifting Choral Fantasy in C Minor, Opus 80 for piano, orchestra and chorus featuring Tim Durkovic at the keyboard. Audiences will then hear Grammy-award-winning Tarik O’Regan’s richly textured Triptych. The celebratory evening culminates with the world premiere of Long Beach composer Jenni Brandon’s new work that Camerata commissioned for its 50th Anniversary. The concert takes place at the Long Beach City College Auditorium, a fully equipped performing arts facility with more than 900 seats, plenty of free parking and easy access by public transportation.

On December 6 at 4:30 p.m., Camerata brings the sine qua non of holiday choral repertoire – Handel’s magnificent oratorio, The Messiah – to the stage of Long Beach City College Auditorium with its artistic partner, the Long Beach Symphony, and acclaimed guest soloists. Camerata Singers has treated audiences to this masterpiece for eight seasons, earning both critical and popular acclaim. This is a holiday tradition that audiences look forward to year after year.

The annual Long Beach Bach Festival, which Camerata has produced for 42 years, will run from April 2 – 24, 2016. Camerata Singers opens the festival on April 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Long Beach City College Auditorium with a performance called “Baroque Brilliance: Bach’s Journey” featuring works by J.S. Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Heinrich Schutz, Michael Praetorius and Johann Hermann Schein. Audiences will encounter the music that inspired Bach’s artistic development and experience the masterpieces he was stirred to compose during this pivotal time in his life. Instrumentation will be provided by members of the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra.

Other concerts on the roster for the Bach Festival include three free events: the Junior Bach Festival on April 9, 2016 showcasing Long Beach’s young musical prodigies, followed on April 10 with an interactive performance for children and families, called Kinder Konzert, which will be held at Cal Heights United Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m. Cal Heights Methodist will also play host to a mesmerizing performance by the Horizon Chamber Choir on April 23 at 3:30 p.m.; this group has consistently garnered high praise for its appearances at prior Bach festivals. In keeping with the festival’s objective to present outstanding guest artists and interesting works by, about and thematically related to J.S. Bach, Camerata Singers will, once again, wrap up this year’s festival with an evening of jazz and Bach at the Sky Room on April 24 at 5:30 p.m., this year featuring vocalist Christine Guter.

The final concert of the season, entitled Camerata Goes Broadway, is an annual favorite that allows patrons to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations, bid on tempting silent auction items and enjoy a fantastic performance of solos, ensembles and choruses from Broadway’s greatest hits. This season’s event will take place on June 4, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Daniel Recital Hall on the campus of Cal State University, Long Beach.

“We are very excited to be celebrating our 50th anniversary this season,” enthused Camerata’s Board President, Jan Hower, “and we look forward to serving our community with beautiful choral music for many years to come.”

Subscriptions to Long Beach Camerata’s 2015-16 season are available now starting at $100. Tickets to individual concerts are also available starting at $30 ($10 at the door with student I.D.) For more information about Long Beach Camerata Singers’ concert schedule, or to purchase tickets, visit www.lbcamerata.org or call 562-373-5654.

About Long Beach Camerata Singers
Long Beach Camerata Singers is a 501(c)3 non-profit, 80-voice choir that has provided Long Beach residents with high-quality choral music for fifty years. Currently under the artistic direction of Dr. 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 an annual 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 www.longbeachcameratasingers.org or call (562) 522-1045.

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