From gospel to Broadway to original composition, Raincross Chorale director Steve Kester has created an eclectic mix for the fall concert set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside.
He calls it “Conductor’s Choice.” Tickets are $15 and discounts are available for 10 or more people buying together.
“I used to think of this as Riverside’s newest choral group, but at 14 years, this group is really well established now,” he said, remembering the founding as part of the annual Dickens Festival. The choir of nearly 50 voices is a volunteer organization that offers high-quality concerts, and raises money to support scholarships for music students. The longtime accompanist for the group is Sue Shelton.
The program in October includes popular pieces such as “Danny Boy,” “Elijah Rock,” and a medley from the Broadway show My Fair Lady. Those are balanced out with classic sacred pieces such as “None Other Lamb”
and “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes.” Making a debut time are two pieces composed by Kester, called “Silence” and “Quietness.”
“I can’t wait to hear how it sounds inside Calvary Presbyterian, because the church has really marvelous acoustics,” Kester said. “It is one of the best places to sing in Riverside.”
Fundraiser to Support Student Scholarship
The non-profit group welcomes local advertisers in the program, as well as donations toward scholarships.
The 2012 -2013 Raincross Chorale season will include a Messiah Singalong at La Sierra University Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 8, sponsored in part by the City ofRiverside. The group will also perform “Evensong” at the Dickens Festival, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. There will also be a final concert in June.
More information is available at: 951-788-6207. The group also has a new Website.