The Escondido Choral Arts Foundation last week announced the season performances for 2016/17.
ECAF— located at the California Center for Arts in Escondido – is comprised of two ensembles, the Center Chorale and The Center Children’s Chorus. The season opens on October 23 with a guest concert by the USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, who will sing choral works based on Shakespearean texts, this year being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Also on the program will be the world premier of three Shakespeare Songs composed especially for this concert by internationally known Escondido resident Dr. Stephen Sturk. The Center Chorale will join USC ensembles for the presentation of Sturk’s work. This first concert, October 23 begins at 4 p.m.
The Glory of Venice follows on November 5 in the Center Theater at CCAE at 7:30 p.m. The magnificent music of St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, which was one of the important centers of musical activity of the Baroque era, will be heard, complete with brass instruments and organ.
At Grace Lutheran Church (13th street, next door to Marie Calendars) on December 11th at 3 p.m. a holiday concert, Tidings of Joy will be presented in the sanctuary.
The Center Chorale will be joined in the concert by the children of the Center Children’s Chorus and featured on the program will be the Gloria of John Rutter and the perennial favorite, Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham.
A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms will be performed at the ECAF central. It is a large work with orchestra and chorus. The Center Chorale will be joined by the Pacific Coast Chorale comprising a 120-voice ensemble for the massive music expression of Brahms. The two choral ensembles will be accompanied by full symphony orchestra, and conducted by Dr. Joe Stanford. The concert will be presented at CCAE in the 1500 seat Concert Hall on January 29 at 3 p.m. Soloists for the Brahms score will be Caroline Nelms, soprano, and Clifford Derix, bass, two of our most active and outstanding local soloists.
On May 20 The Center Children’s Chorus will sing Music For Our Hearts in the Lyric Court at the California Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. The three ensembles of the Center Children’s Chorus will sing a variety of songs meant to touch hearts and express the sweet sentiments found in music.
Jazz Awhile will end the season for ECAF, and will explore the union of dixieland jazz with the harmony of choral singing. The concert, sung by the Center Chorale and accompanied by an authentic Dixieland band, will be presented on Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m.
For ticket information call Joe Stanford at 760 805 3945. Or go to the web site of CCAE at artcenter.org. Or call the box office phone at 800-988-4253.