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World-famous chorus to sing at Mission San Miguel

Chanticleer performs at Mission San Miguel on Sunday.
Chanticleer performs at Mission San Miguel on Sunday.

At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the internationally acclaimed men’s chorus Chanticleer, known as “an orchestra of voices,” will present a concert at Mission San Miguel.

Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Chanticleer has long been devoted to California missions and the music of the Mexican Baroque.

Since May 6, the group has followed the Mission Road with performances at California Missions Santa Clara, San Francisco de Asís, San Jose, San Carlos Borromeo (Carmel), Santa Barbara and finally here in San Miguel.

The program features glorious music by early composers of New Spain.

Tickets are available at, call 415-392-4400 or buy them at the door.

Annual memorial

At 2 p.m. May 29, Friends of the Adobes will host the annual memorial service at the Estrella Adobe Church, Historical Landmark No. 542, on Airport Road in homage to the pioneer founders of the area.

Several early settlers are buried in the cemetery adjoining the little church, which they built in 1878.

It was the first Protestant church in the North County.

Guest pastor will be the Rev. Dan Katches of the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Paso Robles.

Old hymns, sung by all, will be accompanied by Cactus Harris on the pump organ.

Last year’s Pioneer Day Royalty will be represented by Emma Marie Dart.

The program is dedicated to the memory of Lester Rougeot. Refreshments will be provided by the Agua Caliente Chapter of the Questers.

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Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.