The season opens with an October performance of American spirituals by guest Swedish soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson.
"He will accompany the chorale as we perform his new arrangements of several well-known American spirituals, including the world premiere of his arrangement of 'O When the Saints Come Marching In,'" said Artistic Director John Emory Bush.
The 2011-2012 concert season is as follows:
* Of Sax and Spirituals -- 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23; Mertes Center for the Arts, Las Positas College, Livermore. Anders Paulsson, the Las Positas College Chamber Choir and San Francisco Concert Chorale.
* Of Carols and Candlelight -- Dec. 3-4; holiday carols including selections from Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Rutter's Dancing Day.
* Of Handel and Hallelujahs - Dec. 9; annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah
* Of Coronations and Weddings -- March 10; selections from the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the wedding of Prince William and Kate.
* Of Springtime Sounds, Bugs and All -- May 10; songs of spring and all that comes with the season: bugs, love, toasts of cheer, and crazy weather.
For more information about the Valley Concert Chorale performances, ticket purchases and auditions, visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org or call 866-4003.