Coastside Chorale Concert, Saturday, June 4


By on Wed, May 25, 2011


The Coastside Chorale will let its hair down Saturday,  offering a light-hearted program at the Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. The program will range from 18th century music to rock-n-roll favorites of the 1960s.

The Chorale is directed by Joan McBride and accompanied by Michaele Benedict.

Joining the singers will be Charles Calvert on cello, James Moran on guitar, and Valerie Kruger on percussion.“Every Second Counts”, a quintet of the Chorale’s second sopranos which frequently performs on its own, will sing pieces from the Big Band era.

“Piè Jesu” from the Fauré Requiem and Mozart’s “Ave Verum”, two favorites from the choral repertoire, show off what some audiences have called the Chorale’s “angel voices”. By contrast, a hard-driving “Tuimbe” (“Let There Be Music”) in Swahili, and Dan Davison’s “Ritmo” with a piano four-hands accompaniment should stir things up. A gospel arrangement of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” will feature several of the Chorale’s soloists.

The concert concludes with pieces from the 1960s rock musical “Hair”, and the audience will be invited to join in on “Let the Sunshine In”.

Coastside Chorale Spring Concert
7:30 P.M.Saturday, June 4
Ted Adcock Community Center
535 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The Coastside Chorale was founded in the late 1950s and still has one singer from the original group, soprano June Miles.  Benedict accompanied them in the 1970s when they were directed by former Half Moon Bay High School music teacher Bill MacSems and she rejoined when McBride began directing four years ago.

For many years a class of the Cabrillo Adult School, the Chorale’s sponsor became Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation when the Adult School was closed this year. The group includes about 30 singers of all ages.

Suggested donations are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. Refreshments will follow the concert.