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2015 Festval

Performances June 13th and 14th, 2015

The biggest choral event of the year is coming back to Harris Center: 15 choruses performing in 3 concerts over two days. It’s a remarkable opportunity to discover – in one place and over a short period of time –true choral artistry that has been going on largely out of the public spotlight.

It’s a little known fact, but there are dozens of independent choruses in the Sacramento Valley. A few are widely known, drawing thousands to their concerts each year. But what of the rest? Their excellent work is too often known only by small groups of dedicated followers. It is time for them to take center stage. Nearly 700 singers will be presenting a stunning showcase of local talent and performing a wide variety of music: classical, jazz, barbershop, Broadway, folk, Americana, and more. Each concert will feature 5 choruses determined to present their best work and keep you entertained. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity.

Stage 1 - Concert A

Saturday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Vocal Art Ensemble
Renaissance Choir Sacramento
Sacramento Capitolaires
Amador Choraliers
Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus

What better way to launch our 2-day choral festival than with a performance by 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 we’ll go back several hundred years to the sublime music of the Renaissance as presented by Renaissance Choir Sacramento, the only chorus in our region that specializes in the music of this period.  Next up will be the Sacramento Capitolaires, delivering solid men’s barbershop harmony that is oh so pleasing to the ear.  Then you’ll be treated to the joyful sounds of the Amador Choraliers, a 24-voice mixed chorus whose fun-filled concerts have been delighting Amador County audiences for the past 52 years.  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 1 - Concert B

Saturday Evening at 7 p.m.

Valley Choral Society
Vox Musica
Doreen Irwin Singers
Cantare Chorale
Voices of California

An unforgettable evening of outstanding choral music will begin with the men and women of the accomplished Valley Choral Society presenting a stirring program of sacred and Americana favorites.  Then you will experience the elite, women’s choir, Vox Musica, whose concerts are jewels of refined, precise, and sublime singing that will take you to the musical unknown.  There will be no let-up in quality choral sounds with the Doreen Irwin Singers, organized only last year but already delighting Sacramento audiences.  Tonight they will be fresh from an invited performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.   Next on the program is Cantare Chorale, a 20-voice mixed chorus that is equally at home with classical or contemporary music – and everything in between.  Listening to them you will be impressed not only by their proficiency but their warmth.  And for a grand finale you’ll see and hear the award-winning, nationally ranked Voices of California.  These 80+ men deliver a high-energy, eye-popping performance that raises barbershop to a new level.

Stage 1 - Concert C

Sunday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

Davis Chorale
Grass Valley Male Voice Choir
Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace
Sacramento Valley Concert Choir
Sacramento Women’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.  Next, you’ll hear from the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir  –  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.  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.   New to SacSings! this year is the Sacramento Valley Concert Choir.  These 50+ singers, always brimming with enthusiasm, delight their audiences with their energy and familiar repertoire.   The afternoon – and SacSings! itself – will climax with a performance by the Sacramento Women’s Chorus.  They are 50 women strong, and each of them is an entertainer at heart.  They never fail to delight their audiences, as you will see for yourself.