CWC Sings to A Full House

On Sunday, April 30, the California Women’s Chorus, Inc. (CWC) presented their 48th annual public concert at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, Glendale. Members of the ten CWC choruses in California came together to share their talent and to entertain in the hotel grand ballroom which rapidly filled to capacity. Local choruses Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus and Burbank Singers, both of which entertain independently in their own communities, joined together to sing at the Saturday night banquet. Their performance of “Rainbow Connection”, from the Muppet Movie and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, arranged by Roger Emerson, were well received by the CWC singers at the banquet.

CWC member choruses work throughout the year to prepare for the annual concert and their hard work paid off. Naomi Sumitani, guest accompanist, Jeff Segal, drums, Kirk Palsma, bass and Rob Schaer, trumpet provided the perfect accompaniment for the 170 member chorus, led by Guest Director Lauren, Buckley Schaer. The audience showed their appreciation for the musicians and the singers numerous times during the two hour concert with standing ovations. Emcee John Musker kept the audience entertained with his comments and great sense of humor.

Three students were chosen to perform at the concert by audition earlier this year and were ready and eager to show their talents to a welcoming audience. Kali Hardwick sang “Je Suis Encore Tout Etourdie” (Manon) and “I Am In Need of Music”(Ben Moore). She will be honored by Bob Cole Conservatory of Music as Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts when she graduates this month and will begin her graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London this fall. Niko Murakami performed “Frere! Voyez… Du Gai Soleil” (Werther) and “I Could Have Danced all Night” (Lerner and Loewe). Niko is a sophomore and it is her second year with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. She studies classical voice with Shigemi Matsumoto. Elizabeth Queen sang “Les Oiseaux Dan La Charmille (Offenbach) and the very lively “The Girl in 14G” Jeanine Tesori. She is a coloratura soprano who lives locally and currently studies with Gail Gordon. Elizabeth will reprise the role of Konigan de Nacht at the Berlin Opera Academy in Berlin, Germany. All three singers were rewarded with thunderous applause and a $2,000 scholarship to be used to further their music careers.

The 48th annual CWC convention and concert is now over and the Verdugo Hills Women’s Chorus and Burbank Singers will enjoy a summer break and be back at rehearsals in September. Suzy Duff (VHWC) and Diana Tyson (Burbank) are to be applauded for their skills as co-chairs. In September it will be time to rehearse Christmas music then take a look at the music selected for the 49th CWC concert April 2108.

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