On Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., four talented vocal ensembles from across the Monterey Bay region will combine forces to present a benefit concert at the Main Stage Theater at Hartnell College. The benefit for Hartnell College's music program, "We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends," features friends of the Hartnell music program: Aria, Junction68, Pacific Voices and Urban Renewal, with a special guest appearance by Hartnell College President Dr. Willard Lewallen.
The four groups vary in style, size, and genre, but are similar in their commitment to music education and their belief in the enduring community-building power of music:
Aria, an auditioned choir of 40 women's voices founded in January 2012 by the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society that is conducted by Sean Boulware, performs a wide variety of music for women's voices. Junction68, a quartet of singers, has been delighting Salinas and Monterey Peninsula audiences for more than 10 years with its eclectic mix of jazz standards, swing, blues and classic vocal harmonies. Pacific Voices, a popular and powerful 70-voice community chorus, specializes in the preservation and innovation of sacred choral and folk music from traditions around the world, composed over the past eight centuries, and sung in 15 languages. Urban Renewal is Monterey's newest vocal jazz choir, a 24-voice, highly energetic ensemble founded by Dennis Murphy and Paula Arnold in 2012 through Express Yourself INC, the non-profit charity from the Dennis Murphy School of Music.
The evening begins with a reception at 7 p.m., featuring The Hartnell College Chamber Singers. Refreshments will be served. The concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage Theater.
Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased through The Western Stage box office, 755-6816. All proceeds will go to support Hartnell music students and programs.
For more information, please contact Hartnell Choral Music Director Sandy Rudo at 831-755-6804.
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What: "We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends," benefit concert for Hartnell College Music Department
When: Friday, April 26, 2013, 7 p.m. reception (Hartnell College Chamber Singers), followed by 7:30 p.m. concert by vocal groups Aria, Junction68, Pacific Voices, and Urban Renewal.
Where: Main Stage Theater at Hartnell College, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA
Price: $20 General Admission, $10 Students. Purchased at the door or in advance at 831-755-6816 or westernstage.com.