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Valley Concert Chorale presenting 'Joyful Songs'

15-year-old virtuoso organist is featured artist

Valley Concert Chorale will be joined by organist virtuoso Dominic Pang, 15, a high school freshman, as it presents two concerts this weekend with diverse arrangements of "Joyful Songs that Dance."

Concert choral selections will range from Benjamin Britten's Te Deum in C, to Arthur Sullivan's "Dance a Cachuca" (from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers"), Dan Forrest's "Dance of Exultation," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," and ABBA's "Dancing Queen," which was in the Broadway musical and film "Mamma Mia!"

"The concerts truly consist of joyful songs that make you want to dance," chorale president Bill Leach said. "We can't help but dance with the rhythms as we sing the songs, and I bet our audience will want to get up and dance, too."

Pang began his study of piano at age 5 and currently studies with William Wellborn in San Francisco. In April 2017, he won the San Francisco American Guild of Organists chapter competition; and in June, he won the Western Regional competition in Salt Lake City. Last July, he performed as a Rising Star, broadcast on the national radio program "Pipedreams Live!" at the American Guild of Organists' National Convention.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St. in Livermore; and at 3 p.m. March 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road in Pleasanton.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; high school and college students are $10; children are free. Order tickets at www.valleyconcertchorale.org, or call 866-4003.

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