Cambrian: Arts & Events

Cambria Chorale sings up a finale for its director

The Cambria Community Chorale’s 25th anniversary spring concerts will also serve as a finale for Barbara Weber, who plans to retire after the second of two performances next month.

The chorale will honor Weber with “Evergreen: A Tribute” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8 and 15, at Cambria Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire Drive in Cambria.

Weber, who has served as the chorale’s director for six years, is stepping down to travel and pursue new musical opportunities, according to a news release.

As a sendoff, the chorale commissioned songwriter/arranger Mark Hayes to create a special arrangement of “Evergreen,” the classic theme from “A Star is Born.” Barbra Streisand’s recording of the selection, written by Streisand and Paul Williams, spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1976. It’s also one of Weber’s favorite songs.

Hayes wrote on top of the music sheet: “In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Cambria Community Chorale, Barbara Weber, Director.”

Weber chose a variety of other pieces for this year’s spring concert, including “One Voice,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Hallelujah” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.”

The concert will feature accompanist Kate Hepworth and instrumentalists Penny Beavers on harp and Ron Perry on keyboard.

The chorale celebrates its 25th anniversary spring concerts with three original members still among its ranks: Ann Glaser, Helen Alinder and John Angel.

The group performs at such events as Hospitality Night each winter and Cambria’s Veterans Day and Memorial Day commemorations; it also performs twice a year at Case de Flores and Bayside, a transitional and residential care facility in Morro Bay. In addition, it performs two Christmas concerts every holiday season.

Money raised through concerts and private donations is used to fund the Cambria Youth Music Fund, which provides music lessons for students who need financial help to continue their training. The chorale is helping 26 students through the program this year.

Tickets for either performance of “Evergreen” are $16. They’re available at the Joslyn Recreation Center, Cambria Chamber of Commerce or at the door.