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Pacific Voices "Let Music Live!" Spring Concert 2010
First Congregational Church
Santa Cruz, CA
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Pacific Voices "Let Music Live!" Spring Concert 2010
    The popular Pacific Voices choir presents their 2010 Spring concert "Let Music Live!" on Saturday, May 22, at 7:30PM at the First Congregational Church at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz. Under the direction of Meri Pezzoni, this musical offering celebrates the power of music to comfort, inspire and transform.
    Performing in a range of styles--from the stunning setting of Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium to Gitomer and Phillip's arrangement of the traditional Hindi Saraswati Bandana--this community choir of more than fifty singers often introduces audiences to unique songs from around the world.
    Composer Joseph Martin's 1995 The Awakening, tells of a dreamer lost in a bleak, silent land where "every song, weak and strong, withered and died." The dreamer then awakens to find the world alive with music. In relief and joy, the final strains of the piece cry out in exultation to "let music live!" Pacific Voices chose these words for the title for their 16th annual spring concert to highlight the universality and power of music.
    Several of the songs set historic poems to modern music. Joan Szymko's composition Nada te Turbe invokes the comforting words of the16th century Spanish mystic Saint Teresa de Ávila, which remain surprisingly cogent for  21st century listeners. In Bill Douglas' The Voices of Children, the poetry of William Blake captures the timelessness of children at play. The words of William Butler Yeats are transformed into a yearning love song in Z. Randall Stroop's luscious The Cloths of Heaven.
    Sometimes words are not necessary. Composer Greg Jasperse conveys celebration and joy in Voice Dances III, using only simple syllables.
    The concert also feature pieces in Sanskrit, Senegalese, Italian, Hebrew and Latin as well as songs drawn from the Navajo and Celtic traditions. Pacific Voices rounds out the evening with American spirituals and Broadway favorites.
    Meri Pezzoni directs Pacific Voices and is joined on stage by assistant director Kitchy Burdett and accompanist David Long, as well as soloists, small ensembles and instrumentalists from within the choir. A Santa Cruz native, as well as active music educator and performer, Ms. Pezzoni joined Pacific Voices in 2008. She has served as the state choral representative for the California Music Educator's Association and the choral liaison to the American Choral Director's Association and has been named in "Who's Who of American Teachers" and "Who's Who of American Women." She has studied with renowned musicians Paul Hillier (Hilliard Ensemble), Phil Mattson, Tom Dustman (Beachfront Property), and Michele Weir.
    "Let Music Live" is a gift of song from Pacific Voices to the community. Whether you are a returning fan or a newcomer curious to hear a broad repertoire of music from around the world, this concert offers an abundance of vocal traditions and the richness of sharing music.
  About Pacific Voices:Pacific Voices is a community choir whose purpose is to bring together singers for a joyous and supportive choral and social experience. Through our music, our loving connection, and the honoring of diverse musical and spiritual traditions, we inspire audiences and each other in ways that enrich all our lives. Pacific Voices performs at area concerts, interfaith services, and community benefits.

For more information: www.PacificVoices.org


First Congregational Church
900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States



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