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For our spring concert, Sunday, May 18th at 3pm, the Chorus is presenting “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 will perform in a great venue, College Avenue Baptist Church.

The program will begin 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, will conduct the group which will continue with a special four-part vocal arrangement by him of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the National Anthem.

Then we will perform 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 honors our dead who fought so valiantly in the Norman invasion. To conclude the first part of this program, we will include the anthems from the branches of our military service. Veterans and current military service personnel will be asked to stand and be recognized as the music from their branch of service is performed.

Our concert will conclude with two inspiring selections. The first, entitled “I Believe in America”, includes patriotic narration and songs including the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The final selection “Let Freedom Ring” will have visuals projected on side screens with a “fly-over” by the Navy “Blue Angels” and fireworks for the grand finale.

We are 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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