Five dozen voices to celebrate ‘Spring Fling’

Special to The CambrianMay 9, 2013 

The 60-voice Cambria Chorale celebrates its 23rd annual spring concert on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19, at Cambria Presbyterian Church.

The “Spring Fling” show promises to take listeners on a walk down memory lane, as the chorale sings hit tunes from Hollywood and Broadway from the ’30s to the ’70s. Featured songs include Irving Berlin hits “Blue Skies” and “New York, New York”; the Gershwins’ “Summertime”; Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain”; and Louis Armstrong’s memorable “What a Wonderful World” — in addition to Sinatra favorites, “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

The program will close with a moving rendition of “This is America.”

The chorale has flourished under the direction of Barbara Weber and accompanist Karen Johnson and is eager to share its music with the community, which has been so supportive over the years.
Accompanying the chorale, in addition to its pianist, will be Penny Beavers on harp and Lorna Mumper on percussion.

Organized in 1990 as a group of people who simply enjoyed singing, the chorale has evolved into a more ambitious group that sings at community events such as Hospitality Night, patriotic celebrations on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and for groups like the Presbyterian Women and Cambria Lions Club.

The Cambria Chorale performs yearly for Casa de Flores and Bayside in Morro Bay, the Villages in San Luis Obispo and the Cayucos Seniors’ St. Patrick’s Day Banquet.

A significant part of the money raised from ticket sales at the concerts is donated to the Cambria Youth Music Fund for the support of young musicians in Cambria who take voice, piano and other instrumental lessons from a variety of teachers on the Central Coast.

Performances begin at 3 p.m. at 2250 Yorkshire Drive. Tickets ($16 general admission, free for children under 12) are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St.; the Joslyn Recreation Center, 950 Main St.; and at the door. For more information, call 924-0606.

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