Sacramento Choral Society’s Year-end Concert Celebrates their Debut at Fremont Presbyterian Church
Soprano Katherine Jolly, a native of Davis
Following their amazing English Grandeur celebration on April 14th at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, the SCSO and Conductor Donald Kendrick are now thrilled to be making their debut in Fremont Presbyterian Church’s recently renovated sanctuary on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM.
The concert entitled European Traditions is part of the Sacramento Choral Society’s Stained Glass series that started originally in 2009 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. “What a thrill it is for us to discover this amazing space and take full advantage of Fremont’s acoustics and the recently installed powerful new Reuter pipe organ,” says Kendrick. “Fremont has done a royal job on its renovation and the pipe organ is one of the largest in Northern California. This concert is a fitting way to end our 16th season of offering classical music concerts for families in our community,” he adds.
For this year-end performance, the SCSO has chosen to perform works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras. Great names such as Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Stanford, Clausen, Hogan, Vaughan Williams and Randall Thompson will appear on the program. The group’s performance will highlight a variety of musical styles through the ages with works sung in Latin, German and English.
SCSO Accompanist and Organist Ryan Enright will showcase the might Reuter pipe organ with solo performances by Bach entitled Piece d’Orgue and works by Brahms and other composers that will surely demonstrate the power and the versatility of Fremont’s gleaming new pipe organ. “Ryan is finishing off his first year as the SCSO accompanist and organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento where he will also be giving his Sacramento debut organ recital on Sunday, May 27 at 3 PM,” says SCSO President James McCormick. “Ryan is the winner of the Canadian National Organ Competition and was recently one of 16 finalists in the International Organ Competition held in Montreal in October 2011. We are delighted to have Ryan in our Community and his versatility has also been seen in his work in accompanying the Sacramento State Choirs and also Sacred Heart’s Schola Cantorum,” McCormick adds.
Soprano Katherine Jolly, a native of Davis, California and a former Davis High School Madrigal singer will also grace the SCSO stage as soloist in Fremont with a performance of Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and Vivaldi’s Gloria Patri taken from his larger work Deus in Adjutorium Domine. Katherine is currently finishing a run of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado with the Virginia Opera, playing the role of Yum-Yum. She is known for her agile, bright lyric soprano voice, totally suitable for the Vivaldi and Mozart works.
“It is our distinct pleasure to feature important works by American composers such as Moses Hogan, Rene Clausen and Randall Thompson on this unique program,” says conductor Donald Kendrick. “No choral concert would be complete without an American spiritual or two,” he adds.” We are also proud to feature SCSO members Abram Stein-Freer and Nephi Speer as soloists,” says Kendrick.
There will be no pre-concert talk for this performance but the SCSO plans to host a post-concert reception at which concert attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments. Free parking is right nearby at the Scottish Rite Center at 6151 H Street. There will be no intermission in the evening’s concert.
Tickets are reasonably price at $35.00 Reserved or $25.00 General. Students enjoy 50% discount for this performance. Tickets can be ordered via the SCSO office at (916) 536-9065 (M - F - 10 AM - 4 PM) or by going online at the SCSO’s website: www.sacramentochoral.com.
Need additional information? Visit the SCSO’s website or call (916) 536-9065. Come celebrate great music and community with the SCSO.
Who do You Cast in Star Wars: The Play? A Pair of Feuding Hollywood … Legends!
By James Kirkwood •
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
As the police officer (Gene Haslett) tries to figure out who is responsible for all the damage to the apartment, former movie stars and lifetime enemies Leatrice Monsee (Patty Thiel, left) and Sylvia Glenn (Barbara Messmer, right) are about to go at each other again, oblvious to the effect some strange brownies are having on producer Martin Klemmer as the maid, Aretha Thomas (Betty Cummings) realizes what is about to happen in the Arden Playhouse production of LEGENDS! Photos by Michael Messmer.
See what happens when two aging movie stars, who hate each other with a vengeance, are forced to work together in a new Broadway play. Sacramento community theater veterans Barbara Messmer and Patty Thiel make the wigs fly in this hilarious play. Joining them are Betty Cummings, Scott Plotkin, Gene Haslett, and Keith Goings in this finely written comedy by James Kirkwood, the author of P.S. Your Cat Is Dead and A Chorus Line.
Legends! is a story about bitter rivals. They have stolen roles, Oscars, and husbands from each other over their long association. Now, due to personal circumstances, they are brought together to cooperate on a Broadway project offered to them by a seedy producer whose only show of note is an off-Broadway hit called Craps! Eager beaver producer Martin Klemmer, a wheeler-dealer if ever there was one, has uncovered a terrific commercial script – Star Wars: The Play. Since he has produced only one Off-Broadway project, Martin’s phone calls are not being returned by the powerful Broadway magnates capable of getting this play to the Great White Way. Martin needs names, names like film legends Sylvia Glenn and Leatrice Monsee, for the leads. If Martin can sign them, he can get the money. Unfortunately, they hate each other. Will Martin be able to resolve this titanic dilemma? Will ‘Star Wars: The Play’ hit the big time? And, if Sylvia and Leatrice do agree to appear together, will Paul Newman sign on, too?
Legends! is directed by Blake Flores. Blake has been acting, directing and producing in local community theater for over thirty years. He began his directorial endeavors in 1987 with the Volcano Theatre Company’s production of Fred Carmichael’s Done To Death. He has since directed over 30 local productions, including Jack Sharkey’s Who’s On First? at Big Idea Theatre, which he co-founded in 2003. Most recently, he has directed Oatmeal and Kisses at Arden Playhouse.
Legends! opens on Friday, May 4, 2012 with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm through June 16. Sunday matinees are at 2pm on Mother’s Day, May 13 and May 27, 2012.
All tickets are $15 with a reservation and $18.00 at the door. (Cash or check only.)
Tickets can be reserved by calling (916) 332-2582.
Arden Playhouse is located at 5640 Roseville Road, Suite D, Sacramento, and seats 150.
Arden Playhouse is a community theater dedicated to continuing its tradition of presenting entertainment in a casual setting.
Arts in River Park Presents ReUnion as Bump City Tower of Power Tribute Band
Arts in River Park (formerly H Street Festival), is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing festivals and concerts in East Sacramento.
Arts in River Park presents ReUnion as Bump City Tower of Power Tribute Band on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of The Table at Central United Methodist Church, 5265 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Suggested donation is $15 per person. Reservations suggested as seating is limited. In addition, the following artists will have their handmade items for sale before and after the concert and during intermission. Robyn Slakey - Ceramics; Deborah/Michael Smith - Crafts/Painting; Joy Gee - Crafts/Painting, MatrixArts - Jewelry/Art; Sister Sheba - Jewelry/Crafts.
Make checks payable to Arts in River Park, P.O. Box 191312, Sacramento, CA 95819. Reservations and information, email Brenda Waters at BJewWaters@aol.com.