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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - September 2, 2011

Experience music

Tryouts soon for Valley Concert Chorale

Singers! Tryouts are being held Sept. 12 and 19 for the Valley Concert Chorale, the Tri-Valley's premier chorus.

Make an appointment now to audition for the 2011-12 concert season, at the First Presbyterian Church of Livermore at the corner of Fourth and L streets.

The chorus is looking for experienced singers with sight-reading skills who enjoy exciting and challenging music. It performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical to contemporary, and folk to jazz.

Both audition dates are also open rehearsal nights. Anyone interested may sit in, read through the music for the fall quarter, and consider auditioning.

"Our open rehearsal nights have been very popular in past years," Chorale President Dave Brunswick said. "We've had several singers join us through this process who said that it was a fun experience."

To schedule an appointment, call 462-4205.

The upcoming season, which is titled "Delightfully Unique Musical Experiences," includes an October performance of American spirituals featuring Swedish soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson; and in December, new and traditional carols featuring selections from Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and John Rutter's "Dancing Day."

In March, the music will feature that of royal coronations and weddings including the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate, Handel's "Zadok the Priest" and selections by Elton John and The Beatles.

The final performance in May will be songs that celebrate the sounds of spring, plus "a few surprises."

For information about the Valley Concert Chorale, go to www.valleyconcertchorale.org or call 866-4003.

The Valley Concert Chorale, now in its 48th season, is under the direction of John Emory Bush. Through its Music in the Schools program, volunteers give musical performances at elementary schools. To help financially, call Pam Grove at 462-4205.

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