Children's Chorus performing Saturday at Bankhead

'Portraits' concert celebrates music in everyday lives

Cantabella Children's Chorus is performing its spring concert, "Portraits," this Saturday, showing music in everyday lives, celebrating childhood, and leading the audience to visualize familiar portraits.

"I really like this program -- the inspiring text, the singing testimony of Greg Gilpin's 'Why We Sing,' and 'How Can I Keep from Singing.' It's all so motivating," artistic director Eileen Chang said.

One serious note will be Eric Nelson's "When Memory Fades," which is counterbalanced by "Mash Potato," a love poem from "Play with your Food" by Paul Carey.

The young men of Cantabella will perform alone singing "Vive L'amore," a song about guys drinking and talking about love that has been known to bring down the house with its dramatics.

Also on the program is "Baby Shark." "This is a kid's song, but the choir really, really love it," Chang said.

Scott Kenison, executive director of the Bankhead Theater, will conduct one song, after being chosen by last year's winner of the Pick-a-Song fundraiser.

"The children sing so perfectly, I hope I don't mess them up," Kenison said.

Cantabella Children's Chorus performed parts of this concert with the Santa Cruz Chorale recently and received a thank you note from member Robert Ley.

"The kids were fabulous, an inspiration ... your singers give us hope for the future," Ley wrote.

"Portraits" performances are Saturday at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. The training choirs are featured at 1 p.m. and the performing choirs at 4 p.m. Tickets for each performance are $25, and $7 for under 18.

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