Long Beach Camerata Singers Opens 50th Anniversary Season Sunday • Long Beach Post

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The 50th Anniversary has arrived: the Long Beach Camerata Singers are set to debut this year’s season, their 50th, on Sunday in the Long Beach City College Auditorium.

The legendary performers will bring to life Joy, Fantasy and Remembrance: a 50th Anniversary Celebration. The program is geared toward audience members of all walks of life, performing a range of hits, from Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy to Jenni Brandon’s We Are Joy.

The program celebrates our long history performing masterworks of the past as well as our dedication to education and music of the future,” said the Camerata Singers’ Artistic Director Robert Istad in a statement.

Notably, Choral Fantasy features a solo by Timothy Durkovic, one of the nation’s best pianists, according to a release issued by the Camerata Singers.

Another highlight includes the performance of Tarik O’ Regan’s choral piece Tryptych, which is a meditation on eternity and a eulogy for those who have come before us.

A poetry reading by Henry Saltzgaver precedes the finale, a premiere of We Are Joy! by Long Beach composer Jenni Brandon. The piece seeks to connect Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy to modern life, replicating the same forces, according to the Camerata Singers.

“The Long Beach Camerata Singers commissioned Jenni not only as a commemoration of our 50th Anniversary, but to uphold our commitment to foster the choral music of the future,” said Istad in a statement.

The performance begins at 4:30PM, after a pre-performance lecture by Jenni Brandon. Tickets are $30 for general seating, $40 for preferred seating, and $10 for students (at the door with an ID), and can be purchased online at LBCamerata.org

The Long Beach City College Auditorium is located at 4901 Carson Street.

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