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Spring Concert Series

Spring 2014 SBVC Music Programs

SBVC Chorale Final Concert / Friday, May 9

Voci Soli in Concert / Saturday, May 10

Mozart’s Don Giovanni / Monday, May 12 ¬≠thru Thursday, May 15

Under the direction of Maestra Madie Scully, the San Bernardino Valley Department of Music will present its final series of events for the spring term, 2014.

SBVC Chorale

The Valley College Chorale is our large chorale with many beginning students. They will be performing a mix of pop, folk, and classical songs and arias. These are first-time performers and students with little, if any, exposure to audiences. The performances are 90 minutes long, without an intermission. Professor Sculy accompanies the chorale on Clavinova and piano. There are many very talented and promising singers in this group of students.

Voci Soli

Voci Soli will present the Chichester Psalms sung in Hebrew!  These are written by Leonard Bernstein (of West Side Story fame) and are four psalms from the Torah & Christian Bible (about 20 minutes in length).They will also sing an Ave Maria (with the Gregorian chant preceding it) by Victoria (from the 16th century) and conclude their performance with Dirait - ton (in French) by the contemporary Southern California composer (in residence at USC) Morten Lauridsen.  The concert choir will be singing How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place by J. Brahms (from his Requiem mass), He watching over Israel by F. Mendellsohn (from his Elijah) and Cantique de Jean Racine by G. Faure.  The two groups will combine to conclude the concert with a performance of the contemporary American composer D. Pinkham’s Sinfonia Sacra (in Latin).  This concert should be about 90 minutes in length and be performed without intermission.  Prof. Scully will accompany all pieces on the Baldwin nine - foot concert grand piano.

Don Giovanni

This is Mozart’s best known opera, based on the legend of Don Juan, the serial rake and unredeemed libertine. As scripted by Mozart, this opera has elements of drama, to be sure, but this is tempered with comedic and melodramatic notes and—in a precursor to today’s special effects productions—elements of the supernatural.

One of the most-performed operas around the world, Mozart penned the composition as a commission resulting from a very successful performing tour in Prague, the city that gave birth to the first Don Juan opera. Vocal roles for this piece include bass, baritone, tenor, and soprano.

The story revolves around the romantic misadventures of a promiscuous nobleman, accustomed to having his way with any woman. Only his own needs and desires govern his actions. But in the end, Don Giovanni finds that justice is served!

The cast will perform the arias and ensembles in Italian and sing the recitatives in English.  It will be staged and costumed (although with an almost non existent budget) and it will be about two hours in length (with an additional 10 minute intermission) where our music club will sell refreshments.  This group of students represents a number of private voice students (from our brand new Applied Music program) as well as our most advanced singers drawn from Voci Soli and voice classes!  Some of these voices are outstanding examples of our fine vocal music program and I expect many of them to pursue further operatic performances before the completion of their four year degree program.  A few may even go on to professional careers!  Audiences for these four shows will see four different casts with four very different levels of expertise.  Some singers have performed four different operas with us over the last four years while others are trying it out for the very first time.  Don Giovanni represents the third Mozart opera that I have presented here at SBVC over the last five years.  I intend to mount the remaining three Mozart operas in the next three years and then return to the first one we did here, Magic Flute, in four years’ time!  (Cosi fan tutti, The Abduction from the Seraglio,and La clemenza di Tito)   

Dates are May 12, 13, 14, and 15. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. in NH 164.

For more information, contact Matie Scully at 909-384-8545.