A German Festival

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Terry Danne.

A thoroughly entertaining performance by the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale and Premiere Chamber Chorale was given Saturday night at Pierce College. As it was German themed, the composers ranged from Beethoven to Brahms, Back to Schumann. Some of musical pieces were instantly recognized, others not so much, but all the music conveyed the beauty and triumph of the masters who crafted them.

The opening was Beethoven’s Overture Egmont conducted by Dr. Michael Arshagouni. Both subdued and grandiose, it was the perfect way to accentuate the evening. Schicksalslied from Brahms followed. It was a nice transition from the sublime, with the choir at their best. Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang provided the audience with a prism of melodies.

A deft and comedic shift was A Day in the Life of Johann S. Bach performed by Don Caldwell, Jim Sanderson and Annette Markell. Originally a radio skit, it is a parody of the master’s life with a touching dénouement. Bach’s Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied featured full choral and orchestra. It is a rousing number; restrained emotion would be a good analogy.

The audience adored Clara Schuman’s Liebst du um Schoenheidt as soprano Jenny Gattone and pianist Priscilla Taylor conveyed with precision a sublime work of art.

Terry Danne once again proves his control and exuberance with orchestration and vocals. His natural charisma and leadership conveys a love and appreciation of fine entertainment that all can enjoy.

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