Alameda Sings!—the beloved local choral group also known as Alameda Community Chorus—will celebrate the winter holidays with a family-friendly concert on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Avenue. Admission is free, but a suggested door donation of $10 is appreciated.
The concert is a musical journey highlighting holiday songs from “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas” to “Betelehemu, African Folk Tune”, and “Venite Adoremus Dominum (Joy to The World).” The program also includes classical favorites such as “Sleigh Ride” and “Santa Baby.” Additionally, there will be a special audience sing-along to usher in the holiday season.
Returning to perform this year is piano accompanist, Merrill Collins. Collins is a composer, producer, and CEO of her Indie label, Spiraling Music. She currently plays for the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School and the First Presbyterian Church of Alameda.
Performing with Collins is Ghanaian performer/composer/educator Pope Flyne on drums. A one-man orchestra, Flyne is a showman, drummer, and lead vocalist for the highlife bands. Both Flyne and Collins have performed for the United Nations, UNCHR Human Rights Day, Amnesty International, United Way, UN World Habitat Day and countless other causes.
Joining Collins and Flyne on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is Sondra Aguilera on flute. Aguilera began playing the flute in elementary school and throughout her high school’s music program and their marching band. For the past 26 years she has worked for the Oakland Unified School District as a teacher, principal, and now their Chief Academic Officer.
This season, Alameda Sings! welcomes a new board president, Jo Lowe. “I am delighted to join the board of Alameda Sings!” Lowe said. “As their new president, I have experienced a warm welcome from our chorus and from ARPD (Alameda Recreation and Parks District), who continues to partner with us and support choral education and performance opportunities within our community. Having amazing support from Rotary Club of Alameda, I will continue to reach out to those wanting to extend their desire to see Alameda Sings! continue to grow and bring beautiful music to people of all ages.”
Alameda Sings! also is introducing a new Artistic Director, Barbara Acosta. No stranger to Alameda’s music community, Barbara has been a member of the Distaff Singers since 1980, Alameda Sings! (originally Alameda Community Chorus), since 1991, and is Music Director at First Presbyterian Church of Alameda.
Alameda Community Chorus is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that “engages the community in advancing the love of choral music through education, performance and collaboration.”
Alameda Sings! welcomes enrollment through the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) with choral sessions held at Alameda Mastick Senior Center. The Chorus offers stipend and performance opportunities and welcomes singing enthusiasts ages 13 and up.
Auditions are not required and spring registration is currently available online at ARPD’s web page. For more information, special appearances, or interest in becoming a volunteer, email [email protected] or visit www.alamedachorus.com.