March 7, 2003

Southwestern College’s Concert Choir Performs “A Night at Notre Dame”

Chula Vista — The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communications proudly presents a special benefit concert for the College’s Concert Choir. The concert will take place Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of San Diego’s (USD) Immaculata Cathedral, 5998 Alcala Park. The concert is free and open to the general public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Choir’s trip to Paris, France.

The Choir’s concert at USD will be a preview of the upcoming Concert Choir’s performances in Paris in late April. The Choir will represent the state of California at the prestigious American Celebration of Music festival in 2003. The 65-member group will perform at Chartres Cathedral, American Cathedral, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, April 24, 27 and 29, respectively.

“This is a marvelous opportunity for our audience to hear us and for our choir to practice sacred music in the kind of setting for which it was written,” said Dr. Teresa Russell, music professor and Southwestern College’s Concert Choir director. “We can’t think of a better place for our first performance of this type of music than the Immaculata. We are very grateful to the church for giving us the opportunity.”

At the Immaculata Cathedral, the Choir will be performing a variety of selections including:

· Magnificat in “C” by Franz Schubert

· Libera Me from Requiem by Gabriel Faure

· Selections from the Misa Azteca by Joseph Julian Gonzalez

· Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein

· Wade in the Water - Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Mark Hayes

The Southwestern College Concert Choir won first place at a choir competition at Carnegie Hall in New York two years ago. Their win led to an invitation to perform in the 2002 musical celebration, but the events of Sept. 11 prevented them from attending. The Choir received a second invitation last year and has been actively trying to raise the $60,000 needed for the trip.

“It is such an honor and privilege to have been invited to represent California in this acclaimed international event,” added Russell. “To finally get the chance to perform in such an esteemed venue is like a dream come true.”

The Choir is accepting donations and would appreciate any contributions made during the Immaculata Cathedral performance. For more information on the Concert Choir’s trip to Paris or to make a contribution, contact Silvia Lugo at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5895.

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