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For our spring concert, Sunday, May 18th at 3pm, the Chorus presented “A Patriotic Spectacular” honoring Memorial Day, our country and its military veterans. The Chorus is 90 members strong with a 48 piece symphony orchestra and performed in a great venue, College Avenue Baptist Church.

The program began with a Posting of the Colors performed to the music of John Philip Sousa, with musicians dressed in Civil War uniforms. Ken Serfass, formerly director of the Camp Pendleton Marine Division Band, conducted the group which continued with a special four-part vocal arrangement by him of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the National Anthem.

Then we performed the powerful “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“Grant Us Peace”) by the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Written in 1936, 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.

The second part of our concert contained two inspiring selections. The first, entitled “I Believe in America,” included patriotic narration and songs such as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” For the grand finale, the final selection “Let Freedom Ring” was spot-lighted with videos of a “fly-over” by the Navy “Blue Angels” and fireworks that were projected on side screens during the performance.  Please explore the links located below that will take you to samplings of some of our video moments.

We were so excited about presenting this inspirational concert!

Please contact our director, Tony Mostardo, at (619) 670-3588 if you are interested in joining our lively group or if you have any other questions.



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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

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