Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - July 23, 2010

Follow 'The Piper of Hamelin'

Cantabella Children's Chorus to present kids classic

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Children with fantastic voices, dressed as rats, are ready to hit the floorboards in "The Piper of Hamlin" this weekend.

"It's a full opera," reported Howard Tsztoo, president of Cantabella's board of directors. "We got the script from England."

Tsztoo has two daughters in the chorus: Camille, 15, and Emma, 9.

"Emma is one of the rats," said Tsztoo. "They have a singing role in the opera."

Three performances will be held, at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. The last performance will benefit the music programs of the Pleasanton and Livermore public schools.

Tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for adults. They are available at the door or online at

Cantabella Children's Chorus has been teaching vocal production and music literacy through great choral works to children in grades K-12 since 1992. The chorus just added a third rehearsal location in Dublin, in addition to its venues in Pleasanton and in Livermore.

New singers are invited to email Director Bee Chow at or to call 292-2663 for information about placement in the training choirs or to arrange an audition for the performing choirs.


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