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Upcoming VOCI Concerts: Berkeley 6/1, Oakland 6/2

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    Once Upon A Time: Music of Myth, Magic, and Legend In Berkeley: June 1, 2002, 4:00 pm In Oakland: June 2, 2002, 7:00 pm Jude Navari, Artistic Director Dana
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2002
      Once Upon A Time: Music of Myth, Magic, and Legend

      In Berkeley: June 1, 2002, 4:00 pm
      In Oakland: June 2, 2002, 7:00 pm

      Jude Navari, Artistic Director
      Dana Smith, Piano
      Keith Sklower, Oboe
      and special guest 'fairy princess' Deborah Hull, dance/theater artist
      of PlayWorks Productions
      Purchase tickets now via Pay Pal.


      A bewitching concert filled with mirth and magic featuring Johannes
      Brahms's "Four Songs," Amy Beach's "The Sea-Fairies," Henry Hadley's
      cantata "The Fairy Thorn," and Felix Mendelssohn's Two Fairy Songs
      from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

      Saturday, June 1, 2002, 4 PM, University Christian Church, 2401 Le
      Conte Ave (at Scenic), Berkeley

      Sunday, June 2, 2002, 7 PM, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114
      Montecito Ave (at Grand), Oakland

      Tickets $20 General/$15 Seniors and Students
      Princes and Princesses under 12 FREE
      Discount tickets purchased by May 25 available online:$18/$12
      Groups of 8 or more $12/ticket in advance



      Full Press Release:
      Voci
      Women's Choral Ensemble
      Jude Navari, Artistic Director
      4024 Everett Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
      www.angelfire.com/la/VOCI

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: TERRY MEYERS
      MAY 2, 2002 510-
      531-8714

      "Once Upon A Time:
      Music of Myth, Magic, and Legend"

      Featuring Music by Brahms, Beach, Mendelssohn and Hadley


      Saturday, June 1, 2002, 4 PM, University Christian Church, 2401 Le
      Conte Ave. (at Scenic), Berkeley

      Sunday, June 2, 2002, 7 PM, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114
      Montecito Ave. (at Grand), Oakland

      Tickets $20 General/$15 Seniors and Students
      Princes and Princesses under 12 FREE
      Discount tickets purchased by May 25 available online:$18/$12
      Groups of 8 or more $12/ticket in advance
      Website: www.angelfire.com/la/VOCI or call 510-547-6997

      VOCI Womens Choral Ensemble presents "Once Upon A Time: Music of
      Myth, Magic and Legend," a concert of magical and mirthful music
      about fairies, mermaids and other fantastical creatures, featuring
      songs by Brahms, Beach, Mendelssohn and Hadley. VOCI will be
      performing for the first time with special guest Deborah Hull, a
      dance/theater artist with PlayWorks Productions [please use Futura
      font for 'PlayWorks Productions'].

      The program will include Johannes Brahms' exquisite and beloved "Four
      Songs" for women's chorus, Op. 17, and Amy Beach's rapturous "The Sea-
      Fairies," which sets to music Tennyson's poetic version of the
      mermaid scene from Homer's "Odyssey." Also featured are Henry
      Hadley's enchanting cantata, "The Fairy Thorn: The Legend of
      Kildare," which tells the story of Eire, the spinstress longing for
      love who finds true love more that she bargained for, and Felix
      Mendelssohn's charming "Two Fairy Songs" from the incidental music to
      Shakespeares "A Midsummer Night's Dream." .Voci pianist Dana Smith
      and oboist Keith Sklower provide instrumental accompaniment.


      The concert also includes three rarely-performed choral songs by
      English composer Frank Bridge, and new works by local Bay Area
      composers Arkadi Serper and Steven Clark. Arkadi Serper's "Fortune-
      Telling" is based on 1,000-year-old incantations sung by Russian
      fortune tellers, and Steven Clark's "All 'Round The Maypole" is based
      on a field recording made in the 30's of a 33-year-old Florida woman
      singing a "ring game" song that she learned as a child.

      VOCI Women's Choral Ensemble, a dynamic and diverse chamber group of
      20 women, is now in its 11th season and recognized as one of the
      finest choral groups in the Bay Area. Its commitment to musical
      excellence, unique mastery of style and technique, and adventurous
      and innovative programming have earned VOCI high praise from critics
      and choral musicians alike. As a central part of its mission, VOCI
      champions music by women and for women, by commissioning new works by
      contemporary composers, especially women composers from the San
      Francisco Bay Area. Led by artistic director Jude Navari, who is
      active throughout the Bay Area as a conductor and composer, VOCI has
      been described as having a particularly lush and ethereal quality.
      The group's small size conveys a poignant intimacy and allows for a
      deep, personal connection among chorus members and between chorus and
      audience.

      VOCI has expanded its community outreach program significantly over
      the past two years, demonstrating to the community both the the
      importance of female leadership, creativity and empowerment as well
      as the communicative power of music. VOCI has reached out to a
      variety of less-served populations through complimentary tickets as
      well as by developing partnerships with other non-profit
      organizations. VOCI has given benefit performances for the Oakland
      firestorm victims, the Faithful Fools Street Ministry of San
      Francisco, and the Global Fund for Women. Voci is supported by grants
      from the California Arts Council, the Alameda County Arts Fund, the
      East Bay Community Foundation, as well as other funders..



      More information about VOCI is available at
      http://www.angelfire.com/la/VOCI

      VOCI Women's Vocal Ensemble
      voci@...
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