2016 Festival Concerts

2016 Festival Schedule

Concert A - Saturday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

Sierra Master Chorale
Folsom Lake College Choral Ensembles
Grass Valley Male Voice Choir
Davis Chamber Choir
Sacramento Women's Chorus

It’s hard to imagine a more exciting start to SacSings than the fine Grass Valley-based Sierra Master Chorale. Be warned. After you hear them, you will think nothing of making the trip to the foothills to hear their next concert. Next will be the Folsom Lake College Choral Ensembles. This group will sizzle with energy as they present their Americana repertoire. Then the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir will stir happy memories with a program of spirituals and songs from their Cornish heritage. The Davis Chamber Choir is up next, a student-run mixed chorus that performs music from the Middle Ages to the present. Be prepared for a varied program with outstanding singing from this group of serious young musicians. This first concert will culminate in an appearance by the Sacramento Women’s Chorus, 50 women strong and each an entertainer at heart. They can be funny or sentimental, but they never fail to delight their audiences.

Concert B - Saturday Evening at 7:30 p.m.

Woodland Chamber Singers
Mountain Melody Women’s Chorus
Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace (RSVP)
Valley Choral Society
Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus

The Saturday evening concert will begin the Woodland Chamber Singers, an accomplished, versatile chorus that has been charming audiences in Yolo County, not to mention the Carnegie Hall audience that saw them perform two years ago. A concert in San Andreas or Douglas Flat or Murphys to hear the Mountain Melody Women’s Chorus? You will want to go, once you have heard this crowd-pleasing group on the SacSings stage. Then there are the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace (RSVP). They have built a reputation in our area for supporting charities, but it’s their exquisitely refined sound and vocal energy that will awe this evening’s audience. Next the Valley Choral Society will provide a change of pace with what they do so well, presenting a stirring set of light classical music. And for a climax to this very diverse concert, we will look to the the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, who never fail to dazzle their audiences with their humor, choralography, and solid 4-part harmony.

Concert C - Sunday Afternoon at 2 p.m.

Davis Chorale
Sacramento Valley Concert Choir
The Vocal Art Ensemble
Colla Voce Chamber Singers
Voices of California

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with some of our area’s finest choruses? It all starts with the Davis Chorale. They specialize in “great choral literature,” and they will show you how enjoyable great music can be. Next up will be the Sacramento Valley Concert Choir, brimming with enthusiasm and ready to delight you with their energy and familiar repertoire. Then you can expect the unexpected from The Vocal Art Ensemble, a mixed chorus that brings precision, artistry and excitement to a fascinating repertoire from the whole world. After intermission the Colla Voce Chamber Singers will make their SacSings debut. With a 10-year history of thrilling audiences in Auburn and Grass Valley, their creative concerts present the highest standards of choral excellence, seasoned with humor and a lot of heart. For a spectacular close, we’ll hear from the Voices of California, the award-winning men’s barbershop chorus whose eye-popping performances always bring their audiences to their feet.

Concert D - Sunday Evening at 7:30 p.m.

Cantare Chorale
Doreen Irwin Singers
Sacramento Master Singers

A festival should have a big finish, and this is it. We will begin with the elite women’s ensemble, Chanteuses. They have built a loyal following in the Sacramento area over the past 20 years, and if you haven’t heard them, this will be your chance to sample the repertoire they will be taking on their tour to Quebec this summer. Next will be Sacramento City College’s VOCALe group. This innovative choir is always unpredictable, so look for some surprises when they take the stage.  Cantare Chorale is a small mixed ensemble based in Placerville that is fast developing a reputation for creative programming under its dynamic new director. Be prepared for music you have never heard before, but will want to hear again and again. The Doreen Irwin Singers is one of Sacramento’s newest choruses, but you can expect the same kind of dazzling performance that they gave in their invited performance at Carnegie Hall last year. SacSings concludes with a performance by the Sacramento Master Singers. Well-known throughout our area but in their first appearance in SacSings, this fine chorus earns that name “Master” with every concert they deliver, and their close of this concert is bound to be memorable.