SF Bay Area - Cantabile Youth Singers Concert
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For Immediate Release - May 13, 2005
Elena Sharkova Leads Cantabile Youth Singers in "Where the Music Takes Us"
June 10 and 12, 2005 Le Petit Trianon, San Jose
What: Artistic Director, Elena Sharkova leads the Cantabile Youth Singers
in their final season programs "Where the Music Takes Us" on both June 10
and 12 at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose.
June 10, 2005 program will feature CYS Preparatory and Intermediate Choirs
with a special guest appearance from our Tour Choir. June 12, 2005 program
will feature CYS Concert and Chamber Choirs and Tour Choir. Repertoire will
focus on where music takes a person, both figuratively and literally.
Maestra Sharkova feels that "by singing music of different people and
different lands, we feel rhythms, taste languages, soak in the harmonies and
experience many cultures. Music helps us realize the power and beauty in
diversity, connecting us with each other and the world beyond."
The focus of these programs is to educate our young singers and audience
that music is a part of our shared experience as Americans-it illuminates
our history, connects us in a shared present and helps us to understand each
other for a better future. Experiencing the music produced during our
country's rich history, as well as the music of world cultures, helps our
youth to see the world with more tolerant and compassionate hearts and a
wider perspective on how their thoughts and actions affect those around
Repertoire for Preparatory and Intermediate choirs will include American
musical styles, Native American songs, folk tunes based on nursery rhymes,
spirituals and jazz.
Concert and Chamber choirs together are singing 6 numbers, all of which are
from the mass choir repertoire for their Carnegie Hall tour, June 24-27.
These 6 selections cover a huge territory. From Baroque England (Purcell)
and the echoes of that era in James Mullholand setting of Mary Queen of
Scots' poem to the sunny shores of Cuba where they dance pambiche (El
Pambiche Lento). A folk song from Russia is back to back with a new age
arrangement of a Norwegian South Sami people song performed in the folk
style of yoik.
Chamber choir will perform the exquisite "5 Hebrew Songs" by a young
American composer Eric Whitacre. The set is sung in Hebrew and has unique
and intricate Middle Eastern melodies. The vocal lines are interwoven with
melodies of a solo violin.
The 45-member Tour choir will perform a 20 min set in which they are also
preparing for their solo performance at Carnegie Hall. This exciting and
eclectic set will feature a haunting melody from Carmina Burana, an
arrangement of an Argentinean tango, the soulful spiritual "My Lord what a
morning" and a jazz piece that will have your feet tapping! Baroque or
Classical, Jazz or Spiritual, Latin American or European, these singers are
at home in every style!
This is Prof. Sharkova's first season as Artistic Director, having taken
over from founding director Signe Boyer, who retired in 2004. "I am
delighted to be working with the accomplished, dedicated, and talented
Cantabile singers. It is a great opportunity to enhance young singers' lives
and share their talents with appreciative audiences."
Prof. Sharkova began her career working with children in St. Petersburg,
Russia, and Cantabile has taken her back to her musical roots. "Children are
a special cosmos of joy, creativity, talent, and emotion, and I find great
rewards in helping them find their voices within."
Cantabile Youth Singers is part of the Cantabile Choral Guild and the
Foothill College Performing Arts Alliance and welcomes dedicated singers
ages 6-18. Auditions are held June 20 and 21 by appointment for fall season
and kids are also invited to join Cantabile's Summer Music Day Camp August
Who: Elena Sharkova, Artistic Director
Shane Troll, Intermediate Choir Director
Keri Elser, Preparatory Choir Director
Cantabile Youth Singers
When: Friday, June 10 and Sunday, June 12 at 7:00pm
Where: Le Petit Trianon, 72 North 5th Street, San Jose
Tickets: June 10, $12 and $6
June 12, $25 (includes reception and fundraising event after
Further Information: Call 650-424-1410, email info@... or visit
Sonja Wohlgemuth, Executive Director
Cantabile Choral Guild (formerly Baroque Choral Guild)
Cantabile Chorale (adult chorus)
Cantabile Youth Singers
953 Industrial Ave, Suite 118
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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