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Alameda Sings! Presents “Another Op’nin’ Another Show”

Alameda Sings! concert set for Saturday, April 27

Alameda Sings!— our local choral group also known as Alameda Community Chorus—lifts the curtain and lights the lights for their spring concert on Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Avenue. Admission to the family-friendly spring concert is free, but a suggested door donation of $10 is appreciated.

Alameda Post - Alameda Sings! in their practice room. A pianist accompanies them while the director stands in the front
Alameda Sings! practices. Photo Marlene Getz.

“Alameda Sings! Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” which includes a tribute to Tony Bennett that invites the audience to sing along, is led by Artistic Director Barbara Acosta, and features original music by accompanying pianist Merrill Collins, who also is composer, producer, and CEO of indie label Spiraling Music. The program features Collins’ “What’s Going On” and “Peace,” with choral arrangement by Dr. David Stern. The musical journey also features cherished tunes from Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin.

Alameda Sings! features talented special guest performers of the Bay Area Music Project Youth Chorus (BAMP), directed by Ryan Lee. Founded by Director Lorrie Murray, the young choral group is part of an after-school music program at Maya Lin Elementary School. The program was inspired by El Sistema, an equity-based music program for student learning originally founded in Venezuela. Maya Lin students perform memorable songs for a community that loves and supports the choral music of the amazing young singers.



 

Alameda Post - Alameda Sings! in their practice room.
Alameda Sings! practices. Photo Marlene Getz.

“The chorus is excited to have the young talents of BAMP join us in our performance,” Acosta said. “… We continue to reach out to our Bay Area community in a collaborative way and showcase our local talent.”

Alameda Sings! President Jo Lowe emphasizes the love and need for choral music in the community. “We will continue to expand and find opportunities to enhance our concert programs,” she said. “I am excited that our concert will feature local performers.” Lowe also noted that the chorus is a nonprofit that “continues to welcome volunteers and donors interested in supporting us as we provide pathways for music.”

Alameda Sings! welcomes enrollment through the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department with class sessions held at Alameda Mastick Senior Center. The Chorus offers stipend, educational, and performance opportunities, and welcomes singing enthusiasts ages 13 and up. Auditions are not required. Fall enrollment begins in August 2024.

For more information about the chorus, special appearances, or becoming a volunteer, call (510) 302-9802.

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