Cambria Chorale's ‘Favorite Things’ songbook spans decades

Special to The CambrianMay 8, 2014 

Proceeds from a pair of spring concerts entitled ‘My Favorite Things’ on the next two Sundays go to support music education for young Cambrians.


The 65-voice Cambria Chorale celebrates its 24th annual spring concert with a walk down memory lane the next two Sundays, singing timeless favorites from Hollywood and Broadway from the ’30s to the ’70s. Featured will be Hammerstein & Rodgers “My Favorite Things,” Johnny Mercer’s “Moon River,” the Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm,” Adele’s “Skyfall,” Lennon and McCartney’s “Yesterday,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and other memorable standards.

Adding texture and variety throughout the performance will be the contributions of chorale accompanist Karen Johnson and guest instrumentalists Penny Beavers (harp), Ron Perry (keyboard) and Jim Chalifoux (bass), and soprano soloist, Roberta Lemming.

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 including Hospitality Night, patriotic celebrations on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and for groups like the Presbyterian Women and Cambria Lions Club. They also entertain twice a year at Casa de Flores and Bayside in Morro Bay.

The chorale is not only for those who love to sing and serve the community, but also to ensure the future of music as part of the community. Money raised through their concerts and private donations goes into the Cambria Youth Music Fund, which provides lessons for students who show talent in vocal or instrumental music and who need assistance to continue with their musical training. This year the chorale supports 23 students this year.

Spring concerts begin at 3 p.m. Sundays, May 11 and 18, at Cambria Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire Drive. Tickets, $16, are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St.; Joslyn Recreation Center, 950 Main St.; and at the door. For details, call 924-0606.

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