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2014 Festival

Performances June 13-15, 2014

It will be a choral feast – 20 area choruses serving up their best work in 20-minute sets, all combined into 8 concerts over a single weekend – June 13-15, 2014. And, it will take place in the incomparable Harris Center for the Performing Arts at Folsom Lake College. Half of the concerts will be in Stage 1, the spacious, 850-seat theater that still maintains a sense of intimacy with the performers. The remaining concerts will be in the acoustically perfect, 100-seat Stage 3 recital hall. Choose any concert, and you will find a smorgasbord of musical styles from 5 very different – and very entertaining – choruses. In recent years, the Sacramento region has seen the growth of many excellent choral organizations. Finally, here is an opportunity to experience many of them at one convenient place and time.

In addition, all the choruses will be hosting booths so you can learn about their coming individual concerts – or perhaps how you can sing with the chorus that’s right for you.

 Attend one concert or take in the whole weekend. It’s SacSings! – Sacramento’s first choral extravaganza.

Stage 1 - Concert A

Friday Evening at 7 p.m.

Capella Antiqua
Sacramento Valley Chorus
Valley Choral Society
Vox Musica
Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus
The program begins with classical music from Capella Antiqua, the premier 16-voice mixed chorus, based at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Then the 96 women of the Sacramento Valley Chorus take the stage with their high-energy, award-winning barbershop harmony. Following them you’ll hear the traditional sounds of the Valley Choral Society, a large mixed chorus which will bring works from the sacred and Americana repertoire to the program. Yet another change of pace will come from the women of Vox Musica, who will give a performance of challenging choral literature unlike anything you can hear in our area. And what better way to close the concert than with the exuberant Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, a quality singing organization that never fails to delight its audiences.

Stage 3 - Concert B

Friday Evening at 7 p.m.

Valley Choral Society
Vox Musica
Sacramento Capitolaires
Capella Antiqua
Blue Divas (Sacramento Valley Chorus)
The men and women of the accomplished Valley Choral Society will kick off the first concert in the Harris Center’s state-of-the-art Recital Hall with a stirring program of sacred and Americana favorites. Then the elite women’s choir, Vox Musica, will change the mood with selections of music by living composers in which it specializes. They will be followed with a dose of rousing barbershop harmony from the men of the Sacramento Capitolaires. The mood will change again with a set of classical music from the men of Capella Antiqua. And the concert will round out with the Blue Divas sextet from the Sacramento Valley Chorus. These talented young women are full of surprises. It’s barbershop, but not like any barbershop you’ve heard before.

Stage 1 - Concert C

Saturday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

Grass Valley Male Voice Choir
Amador Choraliers
Sacramento Women’s Chorus
Samantics
Voices of California
The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir is a choir with a soul. With a dose of Americana and perhaps a hint of their Cornish roots, these 30 men will touch you with a heart-felt performance. Then you’ll hear from the Amador Choraliers, a small mixed chorus with a great sense of humor that always puts on a great show. The fun will continue with the 50-voice Sacramento Women’s Chorus, a group with a knack for delighting their audiences. Then there’s Samantics, and you can never know quite what to expect from this small mixed chorus. They specialize in the popular music of the past century, but it’s often the forgotten popular music, and the gems they resurrect are sure to delight. And for a grand finale you’ll see and hear the award-winning, nationally ranked Voices of California. These 90+ men deliver a high-energy, eye-popping performance that raises barbershop to a new level.

Stage 3 - Concert D

Saturday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

Renaissance Choir Sacramento
West Sacramento Community Singers
Cantare Chorale
Sacramento Capitolaires
Amador Choraliers
The intimate, resonant space of the Harris Center’s Recital Hall is the perfect place to hear the delicate counterpoint of the early music to be performed by the Renaissance Choir Sacramento. Then for a complete change of pace, how about contemporary sounds from the West Sacramento Community Singers? This group is all about the joy of singing, and you can’t hear them perform without smiling. Then there is the Cantare Chorale, a 20-member mixed chorus with a crafted sound that is equally at home with classical or contemporary music – and everything in between. Next up will be the Sacramento Capitolaires, delivering solid men’s barbershop harmony that is oh so pleasing to the ear. Rounding out the concert will be the Amador Choraliers, one of the oldest choruses in California (51 years!). With a light-hearted approach and solid musicianship, these men and women really know how to put on a show.

Stage 1 - Concert E

Saturday Evening at 7 p.m.

Sierra Master Chorale
The Vocal Art Ensemble
Sierra Gold Chorus
Cantare Chorale
Voices of California
The 75 men and women of the Sierra Master Chorale are equally at home with classical and contemporary repertoire. Listen to them for a few minutes, and you will quickly understand why the word “Master” is in the name of this group. Another master of the choral art is The Vocal Art Ensemble. This 22-member mixed chorus brings not just precision and artistry, but excitement to a fascinating repertoire that ranges over the whole world. Then come back home to the high-energy, exuberant barbershop sounds of the women of the Sierra Gold Chorus. Next, you can expect soothing, solid harmonies from Cantare Chorale, a 20-voice mixed chorus that is at home with choral music of all types. And for a rousing finale to the evening, the 90+ men of the Voices of California will display the musicianship – and showmanship – that have earned them success at the International Competition of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Stage 3 - Concert F

Saturday Evening at 7 p.m.

Renaissance Choir Sacramento
West Sacramento Community Singers
Amador Choraliers
Samantics
The Vocal Art Ensemble
You will begin your evening in this jewel of a performance space with the Renaissance Choir Sacramento. It’s hard to find a choral singer who doesn’t love the music of the Renaissance: this small mixed choir studies it and specializes in it. Then fast-forward hundreds of years for the joy-filled sounds of the West Sacramento Community Singers, whose specialty is the popular music of the past 60 years. The joy won’t stop with the Amador Choraliers, a 24-voice mixed chorus whose fun-filled concerts have been delighting Amador County audiences for the past 51 years. Samantics doesn’t have that long history, but these 30 singers are no less adept at delighting audiences with their wide-ranging repertoire of the less familiar – but surprising and delightful – music of the past 100 years. Each of these mixed choruses is truly unique, and what more fitting culmination of the concert than another unique group, The Vocal Art Ensemble. The “Art” in its name is well-deserved, and in this intimate performance space, you will experience the sensitivity and intensity with which this group demonstrates “vocal art” in every performance.

Stage 1 - Concert G

Sunday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

Davis Chorale
Woodland Chamber Singers
Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace
The Vocal Art Ensemble
Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus
This will be a concert by five choruses that couldn’t be more different from each other, yet with each demonstrating their own special excellence. The accomplished Davis Chorale specializes in classical and neoclassical music, both sacred and secular, and it is bound to give a stirring performance. The 70-voice Woodland Chamber Singers, recently having performed at Carnegie Hall, will offer a contemporary selection from their versatile repertoire. The Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace (RSVP) has built a reputation in our area for supporting charities and for their exquisitely refined sound. The versatility of these 16 singers ranges from classical to jazz, and you can expect to hear from them songs that you have never heard before – but will never forget. Then fresh from performances throughout England and Scotland mere weeks before, the 22 singers of The Vocal Art Ensemble will offer inspired performances of sublime, worldly music you'll want to treasure again and again. And for a climax to this very diverse concert, we will look to the 70 men of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus. When you hear them, you’ll know why their appeal has been growing and broadening. With energy and humor, they know how to put on show: they have done it brilliantly before, and they will do it again this afternoon.

Stage 3 - Concert H

Sunday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Vocal Art Ensemble
Vox Musica
Blue Divas (Sacramento Valley Chorus)
Grass Valley Male Voice Choir
Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace
The hundred people in this audience have a special treat in store. "Art" is the operative word in the name of The Vocal Art Ensemble, and this dynamic and energetic 22-member mixed chorus will have you rethinking your ideas of choral "art." But so will the women of Vox Musica whose concerts are jewels of refined, precise, and sublime singing that will take you to the musical unknown. Representing the women of the Sacramento Valley Chorus will be the 6-member Blue Divas. These young women specialize in barbershop harmony, but that’s barbershop with a “wow.” And then for something that couldn’t be more completely different, you’ll hear a select group representing the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir. These men will represent a tradition and a spirit of choral singing that will be familiar and profoundly soothing. Then this intimate concert will wrap up with a performance by the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace (RSVP). These 16 men and women are masters of blend, navigating adventuresome and delicate harmonies, and they, like all the choruses on this program, will leave you wishing it didn’t have to end.