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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 5, 2013

Chorale presenting renowned works

Contemporary pieces are 'deeply moving,' says director

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Valley Concert Chorale will present the highlight concert of its 49th season next week, "Songs of Serenity," featuring the music of two of the choral world's most renowned and creative contemporary composers, Maurice Durufle and Morten Lauridsen.

"We will perform the Durufle Requiem and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, two of the most deeply moving contemporary choral pieces ever written," said VCC Artistic Director John Emory Bush. "These two pieces are favorites of choral singers and audiences all over the world, and whether you are a fan of choral music or not, after experiencing these two incredible pieces, you will be."

Las Positas College Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Lappa, will perform with VCC.

"I think the Kyrie of the Requiem is the best of any choral composer," Bush said. "Based on Gregorian chants and colored to influence the era of Impressionism, this piece is similar to the tones and melodic lines of Debussy. Think of your favorite Impressionistic painting and that's what this music is."

Soloists featured in the Requiem will be guest baritone Brian Leerhuber and soprano Jumi Kim, a member of VCC.

Leerhuber has been seen in recent seasons on the stages of San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, Utah Symphony & Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Tulsa Opera among others. Kim received her master's in voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received opera experience at Sonoma State University and in the Bay Area.

"Songs of Serenity" will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St., Livermore. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; students $10; children under 12 free. Visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org or call 866-4003.

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