La Jolla Symphony Chorus (LJSC) will perform a concert titled “Sacred Voices” on April 17 at 4 p.m. at The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Conducted by
LJSC Choral Director Dr. David Chase, the program features large-scale sacred works for a cappella chorus and works for chorus with organ accompaniment. The repertoire spans several centuries of choral music and a variety of styles, including rarely-performed works and a celebration of the 90th birthday of famed arranger/composer Alice Parker with a performance of An American Kedushah. Soloists mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ramirez and tenor Myles Mayfield and organist Jared Jacobson will be featured.
“The theme is ‘maximum variety’ in a church setting!” said Chase. “The program is book-ended by large, colorful works with powerful organ. In between are three diverse a cappella pieces. The audience will experience a church concert with new sounds and new musical ideas.”
In addition to his 43 years with La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Chase served as interim choir director at The Village Church last year during its search for a new choir director. “The Village Church is a beautiful place for music, and I have the warmest of feelings for that community.”
“Sacred Voices” features five works ranging from the 16th century — Rolando di Lasso’s Prophetiae Sibyllarum (“a Renaissance piece that is shockingly modern-sounding”) — to a 21st-century work by composer Nathan Davis called Bell of Silence for chamber chorus and hand bells. The 90-minute concert will be performed with one intermission.
Advance tickets for the April 17 performance are $20 for adults and $10 for youth (21 and under). Tickets can be purchased through the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus box office by calling 858-534-4637 or online at www.lajollasymphony.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The Village Church is located at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe.