The Stockton Chorale will conclude its successful 2018-19 season on May 18 and 19 with a bit of showbiz razamatazz.
Titled after the famous opening number from Kiss Me, Kate, “Another Op’nin’, Another Show: A Tribute to the Music of the Stage” will present music from dozens of the most beloved Broadway shows and operas. Given the historical longevity of the Broadway tradition, special effort has been made to represent a wide range of shows, from Porgy and Bess (1935) to Fiddler on the Roof (1964) to Phantom of the Opera (1986) and up to the most recent smash, Hamilton (2015). Not to be outdone, opera lovers will also enjoy performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Triumphal Scene from Aida” (1871) as well as two choruses from George Friderick Handel’s 1732 opera Acis and Galatea.
Conducted by Bruce Southard, the 58 singers of the Stockton Chorale will be joined in these concerts by the 19-voice Master Chorale, the 38 adult voices of the Stockton Singers (directed by Ric Campero), and eight young musicians who comprise Valley Youth A Cappella, the Chorale organization’s new youth ensemble for high school-aged singers led by Joan Calonico.
In addition to their sets with those choirs, over 15 individuals and small groups will also step off the risers throughout the program to add a personal counterpoint to the choral music. Performances of songs such as “Summertime”, “My Shot”, “For Good”, “Till There Was You”, and “Children Will Listen” will give those choir members a chance to shine in the spotlight.
Two performances of this family-friendly program will be held:
- Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at Faye Spanos Concert Hall (University of the Pacific) in Stockton
- Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at The Vineyard Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi
Adult tickets are $26 advance and $30 door. Children and full-time students are free. Advance tickets are available from the Chorale’s website: www.stocktonchorale.org or by calling 209-951-6494. Tickets are also available from any Chorale singer for $25.
The Stockton Chorale is directed by Dr. Bruce Southard. Southard, who also directs the choral program at San Joaquin Delta College, has a Doctorate in Choral Conducting and has directed choirs of all ages in California, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. The Stockton Chorale, founded in 1952, is an auditioned community chorus of singers from the Central Valley, Contra Costa County and the Sierra Foothills. The Stockton Chorale organization supports a family of choruses for every age and level of skill and interest. For more information, visit us online at www.stocktonchorale.org or www.facebook.com/thestocktonchorale.