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Alameda Sings! to a Packed House

A full house of music lovers was in attendance for the spring concert staged by Alameda Sings! on Saturday evening, April 27. The concert, entitled “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” was a crowd pleaser from the start. The program included songs by Cole Porter, Ira and George Gershwin, and “The Argument,” by Francis J. Nesta.

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Artistic Director Barbara Acosta leads Alameda Sings! in performance at the Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Photo Adam Gillitt.

Alameda Sings!, originally known as Alameda Community Chorus, is a longstanding nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the love of choral music and engaging the community. The chorus, comprised of more than 40 Alameda singers across all vocal ranges, was led in concert by Artistic Director Barbara Acosta.

The concert also featured a performance of two songs by the Bay Area Music Project (BAMP), an in- and after-school program based at Maya Lin School. Accompanied and conducted by Artistic Director Ryan Lee, the students’ performance included a song by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Between songs, Alameda Sings! Board President Jo Lowe presented a check for $500 to Lorrie Murray, the program’s founder and director.

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Bob Minot, Andrea Leung, Dennis Valerio, and Lillian Van perform “The Argument.” Photo Adam Gillitt.
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Alameda Sings! Board President Jo Lowe (R) presents Lorrie Murray with a donation for the Bay Area Music Project. Photo Adam Gillitt.

A highlight of the evening was the debut of two original pieces by accompanist Merrill Collins, arranged by Dr. David Stern. The video below is of one of the new works, “Peace.”

The evening ended with a rousing audience sing-along to the song Tony Bennett immortalized, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

To learn more about Alameda Sings!, find out about future programming, and support their efforts,  visit the Alameda Sings! website.

Adam Gillitt is the Publisher of the Alameda Post. Reach him at [email protected]. His writing is collected at

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