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Valley Concert Chorale celebrating 50th anniversary

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The Valley Concert Chorale will highlight its 50th anniversary season at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 with a performance of Carl Orff's choral masterpiece Carmina Burana at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

This celebratory event will bring the largest assembly of musicians to ever perform on the Bankhead's stage. Joining Concert Chorale will be the Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo that is also celebrating its 50th season, Las Positas College Chamber Choir and the Tri-Valley's own award-winning Cantabella Children's Chorus.

The program also includes Beethoven's Choral Fantasy featuring VCC's accompanist and concert pianist Daniel Glover, and Brahms's Four Songs for Women's Chorus, Two Horns and Harp.

Among those on stage will be soprano Shawnette Sulker, tenor Brian Thorsett, and baritone Igor Vieira.

Acclaimed for her "heart-breaking poignancy" and "beautifully tuned soprano" by the San Francisco Chronicle and for her "enchanting vocal splendor" by the Leipziger Volkszeitung, Sulker is a sought after artist both in the U.S. and abroad. A consummate performer on the operatic and concert stages, her recent performances include Zerlina (Don Giovanni ) with Opera Naples, Adele (Die Fledermaus ) with Internationale Opera Producties (the Netherlands) and an orchestra concert of Porgy and Bess highlights and Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 in Leipzig's Gewandhaus and Prague's Smetana Hall.

Ms. Sulker has been a soloist with the San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Bach Soloists, and the Natchez Opera Festival to name a few. The soprano's roles include Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte ), Musetta (La Bohème), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi ).

Tenor Brian Thorsett, since taking to the operatic stage in 2001, has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau and ahead again to works composed specifically for his talents. During the 2013-14 season, Brian returns to Acis in Acis and Galatea, and adds the roles of Arnalta in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw as well as the title character in Handel's Samson.

Hailed by Opera News Magazine as "superb," and "show-stealing," and as "a triumph" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Igor Vieira made his professional debut in his native Rio de Janeiro at age 17 singing the role of Dancaïre in Bizet's Carmen. Subsequent roles include the title roles in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande as well as Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Lescaut in Puccini's Manon Lescaut, and most recently Tonio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci.

Ticket prices range from $25-$38; students $18-$28; seniors $21-$34. Tickets are available only through the Bankhead Theater by telephone at (925) 373-6800, or at the box office at 2400 First Street in Livermore. Ticket office hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and on performance days.

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