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Spring choir and jazz concert at Las Positas College

Show to feature special guest star M-PACT

The Las Positas College Department of Music will present its Spring Vocal Concert featuring guest artist M-PACT at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (April 24) at the Las Positas College Main Stage, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.

The show includes the Las Positas College Chamber Choir and vocal jazz student groups, Vocal East and the Late Set.

"As artists, it is our ongoing goal to honor our selected music through the best performances of which we are capable," said Ian Brekke, LPC director of choral and vocal studies. "We hope to motivate, uplift and inspire our audiences. People choose to attend live performances for hundreds of reasons, and we aspire to offer at least something for everyone."

Vocal East has prepared five songs including arrangements by Darmon Meader, "I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me," and Phil Mattson, "I'll Be Seeing You." The Late Set will perform three selections including Stevie Wonder's "Have A Talk With God," arranged by M-PACT's Matthew Selby.

The Chamber Choir will sing seven pieces including the Moses Hogan arrangement of "The Battle of Jericho," Sam Robson's arrangement of "One Day I'll Fly Away," Johannes Brahms' "Warum," the Honey Whiskey Trio-arranged "Who's Gonna Be Your Man" with the Chamber Choir's sopranos and altos, the David Wright-arranged "Hello Mary Lou" performed barbershop-style with the Chamber Choir's tenors and basses, Ludovico de Viadana's "O Sacrum Convivium," and Jonathan Rathbone's "Sakkijarven Polkka."

Brekke said the students have been preparing for the show since January, putting in time beyond the groups' two rehearsals each week.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work and diligence the students have put into these sets," he said. "Their overall growth as ensembles and musicians has been fantastic and will make for a wonderful evening of artistry. Our program is also very excited to host M-PACT, a highly renowned vocal group based in Los Angeles."

M-PACT has been performing for more than 20 years, domestically and internationally at concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals. The group is currently working on a sixth album while maintaining a steady tour schedule for their show, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours."

Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission; $5 for students, seniors and military; and $15 at the door. Go to laspositascollege.edu/music.

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