The Valley Concert Chorale, the Tri-Valley's premier chorus for 50 years, has announced its 2019-20 concert season, "Celebrate the Splendors of Choral Beauty," with three concert sets and the annual Sing-It-Yourself "Messiah."
The "Messiah" will be the first performance, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $15.
The next weekend will be "A British Christmas: Celebrate with Carols from the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge," featuring the music of Stephen Cleobury, Arvo Part, David Willcocks, Carl Rutti, John Tavener, Vaughan Williams and John Rutter. The two performances include a traditional audience sing-along.
The first concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St. in Livermore, with a reception immediately following. The second performance is at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1385 S. Livermore Ave. in Livermore.
Next in the chorus' season is "Celebrate the Night: Dreams, the Moon and Stars," at 3 p.m. March 15 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Featured songs include Johannes Brahms' "O Schone Nacht"; Eric Whitacre's "Sleep"; Daniel Elder's "Three Nocturnes"; Morten Lauridsen's "Sure on this Shining Night"; Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer"; Harline/Washington's "When you Wish Upon a Star"; Mercer/Mancini's "Moon River"; and pianist Daniel Glover featured in Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata."
The season finale will be "Celebrate Composers Significant Birthdays in 2020: from 75 to 450!" at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. in Pleasanton.
The great British composer John Rutter is 75 and some of his most popular songs will be featured: "For the Beauty of the Earth," "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and "The Sprig of Thyme" with Cantabella Children's Choir.
Also celebrated will be Ludwig van Beethoven at 250 with his riveting "Hallelujah from the Mount of Olives"; and the Notre Dame Cathedral will be honored, with excerpts from the "Solemn Mass" of Louis Vierne, who was born 150 years ago and served as organist at the cathedral.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. High school and college students are $10, and children are free. Purchase tickets at www.valleyconcertchorale.org, or call 866-4003.
Valley Concert Chorale is scheduling audition appointments for experienced singers with sight-reading skills who enjoy singing exciting and challenging music and who would like to be a part of the 2019-20 concert season. Auditions will be held Mondays, Sept. 9 and 16. To schedule an appointment, call 866-4003.