The Columbia College Community Chorus, conducted by Dr. Daryl Hollinger, will perform its annual Spring concert in the sanctuary of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sonora on Saturday evening, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., and again on Sunday afternoon, April 24 at 3 p.m.
The first half of this varied spring program features three of Dr. Hollinger’s original Psalm settings and the famous Mass in G by Franz Schubert for chorus, soprano, tenor and bass soloists with chamber orchestra. After a short intermission, the 40-member chorus will perform a lively group of well-known choruses from stage and opera: The popular Va, pensiero, from Verdi’s Nabucco, choruses from Borodin’s Prince Igor, Gounod’s Faust, and Verdi’s Il Travatore. A choral medley from Fiddler on the Roof and an audience sing-along from The Sound of Music are also on the program. As a special treat, there will be three songs from Shakespeare’s plays set by jazz great George Shearing.
Dr. Hollinger, well-known for his choral conducting and musical compositions in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, took over the reins of the Community Chorus almost two years ago – following John Carter’s retirement as the chorus’ long-time director. Hollinger is a talented organist and composer, and teaches Musicianship, Music History and Piano at Columbia College. The Community Chorus also is fortunate to have Diane Day’s expert piano accompaniment for this concert.
Tickets may be purchased at the Mountain Bookshop, Murphys Music Company, the Manzanita Bookstore at Columbia College, or from any Community Chorus member. Tickets are $10 each, $5 for those under age 12; and available at the door for $12.