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Joyous ‘Jubilee’ benefits Master Chorale

Annual concert is Oct. 18

Posted: October 8, 2008 9:10 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

If you are searching for joyous entertainment, look no further.

You will find no more exuberant song than at the Santa Clarita Master Chorale’s annual “Friends Concert” when the ensemble welcomes the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers.

This homegrown powerhouse of voices has performed in more than 70 countries, and has thrilled North and South American audiences in scores of concerts on this side of the pond.

The “spiritual” could have no better ambassador than this group.

The group’s eponymous founder is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles, and Albert John Joseph McNeil has been offering a heritage of African American music since his college days at UCLA, then later at UC Davis as director of choral activities for 21 years. 

His mentors — Charles Hirt and Roger Wagner among them — are a who’s who of American choral music, but McNeil began his teaching career bringing music to the children of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

He continues his work with children, serving on the board of L.A.’s Neighborhood Music School Assn.
His Jubilee Singers, a resident group of 29 vocalists, celebrated their 30th anniversary on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1997.

If you’re in need of “reviving,” let this concert work its magic. Come support the Santa Clarita Master Chorale in this benefit performance, and treat yourself to a weekend blessing of song. 

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