Cantare Chorale is honored to present its spring concerts “The Free and the Brave” Suday, May 18 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 7 at 6 p.m.
“Cantare is privileged to be presenting two concerts this spring in honor of all veterans and the men and women of ‘The Greatest Generation’ as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. We have prepared several classic patriotic standards that never lose their appeal and some newer pieces that have been hand picked for this special program. We will also be performing memorable classical choral selections from Debussy, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn and Ralph Vaughn Williams just to name a few. This will be educational and musical fun for the entire family,” said director Dr. Jeff Nelson.
Special new patriotic song, “In Remembrance” by Jeffery Ames, includes haunting solos with French horn and piano. “Patriotic Fantasy” by George Cohan will be sure to inspire everyone. The program also highlights several traditional spirituals as well as lively tunes “Java Jive” and “The Musicians.”
Honored guests will include retired Major General John W. Collens III, USAF and retired Major General James W. Hopp, USAF who will share personal remembrances of their active duty. Other community active duty, retired and veteran military men and women will also be recognized.
Cantare has performed at other venues — the Capitol Rotunda Holiday Music Program, Imagination Theater with the Gold Rush Barbershop Chorus, Memorial Day tributes at Green Valley Mortuary, the Community Concert Series, and the Festival of Lights Parade on Main Street. The group is proud to have been selected to participate this year in SacSings! on June 14-15 at the Harris Center for Performing Arts in Folsom. This festival features more than 20 choruses performing in a single weekend.
Nelson, has been working with the chorus for more than eight years. His background includes a three-year European tour with the Seventh Army Soldier’s Chorus followed by choral/orchestral conducting and brass performance studies at Portland State University.
While in Portland, he studied and worked with James Trudeau, Fred Sautter, Bruce Browne and James DePriest in many choral and orchestral ensembles including the Oregon Symphony.
He then went to work in Los Angeles as a studio musician for 10 years. After graduating from Washington Dental School in Seattle in 1992 and marrying Jennifer, he once again returned to California where he maintained an orthodontic practice in Cameron Park.
Nelson performs with a variety of groups in El Dorado County including the Gold Rush Barbershop Chorus.
The concerts will be held at Placerville Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students.
Cantare Chorale is celebrating more than 21 years of singing for the local community. Members come from diverse backgrounds in El Dorado County. The group is actively looking for new talent in the area. For more information go to CantareChorale.com or call 530-919-7300.