California Dreamin’ Comes to Glendale

by Arlene Massimino

The California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC) 48th annual public concert will take place at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale on April 30 at 2 p.m. This afternoon of songs celebrating California will be hosted by the Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus (VHWC) and the Burbank Singers. Individually, VHWC and Burbank Singers perform for civic groups, churches and retirement senior living homes in their individual communities. Suzanne Duff and Diana Tyson, event co-chairs, will present Lauren BuckleySchaer, guest director, Naomi Sumitani, accompanist and John Musker, master of ceremonies.

The CWC, whose current membership numbers close to 300, has a dual purpose: promote choral singing among women and raise funds for music awards. Scholarships of $2,000 each will be presented to three talented, young singers, chosen by professional adjudicators through an audition process in February. Scholarship Chair Jeanne Long said, “All those who auditioned were fantastic and the scholarship winners will present a program you will not want to miss.” One of the award winners is Elizabeth Queen, a Montrose resident. She, along with winners Niko Murakami and Kali Hardwick, will perform and receive their scholarships at the concert.

The CWC concert is preceded by a two-day convention where singers will meet up with old friends from San Diego to Santa Barbara who gather each year to perform in the CWC concerts. Registration Chair Kathy Kabuto announced, Rregistration will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28 in the foyer of the Hilton Hotel.” The 10 combined choruses will rehearse several hours over the weekend preparing for the concert. Saturday night’s banquet is being chaired by Gloria Malunao and Nancy Howe. Gloria says, “This has been a new experience for me and thanks to help from Burbank Singers, it was an enjoyable one.” VHWC and Burbank Singers will join together and perform at the banquet.

On Sunday afternoon, April 30, the public will be treated to a program by the combined voices of 175 CWC members who enjoy participating in this annual event held in different California cities every spring.

Come join us at the Glendale Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom for an afternoon of fun and music for the entire family.

Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus and Burbank Singers encourage any woman who loves the joy of singing to investigate a CWC chorus. The Web site www.cwchorus lists CWC choruses as well as location and contact information for each. There may be one in your neighborhood.

Tickets for the 48th annual concert may be obtained by contacting Marianne Jennings at (818) 398-7323. Advance sale tickets are available for $15 or at the door for $20.

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