Press release - Pacific Mozart Ensemble
PACIFIC MOZART ENSEMBLE PRESENTS ITS POPULAR ANNUAL
A CAPPELLA JAZZ AND POP CONCERT
PERFORMANCES JUNE 10 IN BERKELEY, JUNE 16 IN SAN FRANCISCO,
AND JUNE 18 IN OAKLAND
Berkeley, CA -- The Pacific Mozart Ensemble, under the direction of Richard
Grant, presents its annual a cappella jazz and pop concert Saturday, June
10 at The Crowden School in Berkeley at 5:00 p.m.; Friday, June 16 at the
Veterans Building Green Room in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday,
June 18 at College Preparatory School in Oakland at 5:00 p.m.
This wildly popular concert series, now a Bay Area tradition in its 20th
year, always culminates PME's season. "PME helped keep the tradition a
cappella jazz and pop singing alive during the 80's -- a time when it had
pretty much disappeared outside of academia," said Dick Grant, PME Artistic
Director. Now it is the rage at clubs and concerts all over the world, but
usually presented with amplification appropriate for a rock band. PME does
it acoustically, in intimate spaces, with no microphones -- just the sounds
of small groups of voices singing jazz, doo-wop, rock -- sophisticated
arrangements sung with startling precision and professional polish.
Selections for this year's a cappella jazz and pop concert include songs
originally made popular by artists from the Beatles to Duke Ellington and
from the Everly Brothers to Monty Python, Manhattan Transfer, the Swingle
Singers, and more.
The a cappella jazz and pop concerts began shortly after the founding of
Pacific Mozart Ensemble. The classically trained singers in the ensemble
were lured into the fun of singing jazz, while professional jazz and pop
musicians seeking a musical home have joined PME to expand their repertoire
into classical literature. This bi-directional crossover has allowed both
sets of singers exposure to other parts of the musical spectrum.
The Pacific Mozart Ensemble chorus (PME) is a unique musical resource.
Since its founding twenty years ago, the ensemble has grown to fill an
important role in the cultural life of the Bay Area, presenting courageous
and innovative programs of many works that have never before been performed
in concert settings. PME provides the opportunity for composers to
collaborate with a professional chorus in performances of new or
experimental work, or to have audiences enjoy live performances of works
previously heard only on recordings.
Pacific Mozart Ensemble is important not only for San Francisco cultural
life, but also for choral music in general. Year after year, PME brings its
audiences programs that are simply unavailable from any other source.
Composers and conductors rely on the group to present important works that
are not included in the standard concert repertoire.
Twice, PME has brought the Dave Brubeck Quartet to the San Francisco area to
collaborate in performances of his oratorios. PME has also provided the
chorus for the Berkeley Symphony concerts conducted by Kent Nagano for the
past ten years. They have undertaken numerous challenging projects together:
the most significant of which was the US premiere of excerpts from Olivier
Messiaen's monumental opera, St. François d'Asisse.
Other recent highlights include the West Coast premiere of the Francis
Poulenc choral masterpiece Figure Humaine.
Tickets to Pacific Mozart Ensemble's annual a cappella jazz and pop concert
are priced at $19 general and $15 for students. For tickets and
Pacific Mozart Ensemble is funded in part by grants from The Bernard Osher
Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and matching grants from
the A&B Foundation and the Alexander Baldwin Foundation.
CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE LIST:
PACIFIC MOZART ENSEMBLE
Richard Grant, Artistic Director
Annual A Cappella Jazz and Pop Concert
Saturday, June 10, 2000 at 5:00 p.m.
The Crowden School
1475 Rose Street at Sacramento, Berkeley
Friday, June 16, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.
The Green Room
The Veterans War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness at McAllister, San Francisco
Sunday, June 18, 2000 at 5:00 p.m.
College Preparatory School
6100 Broadway at Highway 24, Oakland
TICKETS: $19 general, $15 students. Call (415) 705-0848 for tickets or