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Salute to the ‘frontier’ at site of first performance

Posted: June 4, 2009 4:19 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2009 6:07 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will perform "How the West Was Sung" at the Valencia United Methodist Church on Saturday evening, June 6, at 8 p.m. and at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Sunday afternoon, June 7 at 3:30 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Master Chorale marks its 10th anniversary with a special performance in the venue where it all began - Saturday evening, June 6, at 8 p.m. at the Valencia United Methodist Church. This will be followed by a performance on Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

"How the West Was Sung," will have a few surprises, as the Chorale mixes it up for its salute to the frontier. Award-winning songwriter and musician Steve Hill will don his cowboy best to emcee the concerts.

TimBen Boydston, executive director of the Canyon Theatre Guild and former city councilmember, will take the podium as guest conductor for "There's No Business Like Show Business." Boydston bid for and won this opportunity in a silent auction at the Chorale's Midwinter Madrigal Feast fundraiser event, held at the Hyatt last March.

Chorale alumni will be joining in a specially-selected piece in the program. In a much-anticipated reunion, Ann Moore, Chorale accompanist from 1999-2007, will join Jan Sanborn, current Chorale accompanist, in two pieces for piano four-hands, the exquisite "Shenandoah" and the rollicking "Bile Them Cabbage Down."

Jan Sanborn's "Loren Janes Silver Screen Medley" celebrates another pioneering spirit: her husband. He appeared as a stunt double for such Hollywood luminaries as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson - even Debbie Reynolds in "How The West Was Won!" Sanborn picked a few movies that he worked on and set songs from each in this medley.

Eric Whitacre's "Water Night" will be sung. This is a sensual and captivating choral "painting," using the poetry of Mexican diplomat Octavio Paz, who won the 1990 Nobel Prize for literature.

U.S. composer Libby Larsen has set three pioneer texts to music in a work complete with whoops and hollers called "The Settling Years." And if your toes aren't tapping by then, come to hear Kirke Mechem's "Skip to my Lou!" A bit of Broadway completes the program with favorites from "Paint Your Wagon."

To share its "Happy Birthday" with the SCV the Chorale is sponsoring a series of special events throughout the next season. There will be a special reception following the June 7 concert, honoring those whose financial support and personal efforts have contributed to the past 10 years of success and offering new ways to become involved in this dynamic group, which has dedicated itself to offering choral excellence and excitement.

If you are interested in becoming a supporter of the Chorale and would like to attend this reception, contact Sherry Klahs at 284-1866, ext. 103.


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