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TOCCATA kicks off 2010 Big Blue Summer MusicFest July 2

The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area, TOCCATA, kicks off the 21-concert 2010 Big Blue Summer MusicFest at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at St. Theresa Catholic Church with a concert series entitled “Rhapsody in Tahoe Blue – A Celebration of American Music.”

The program features Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Copland’s Hoe Down from “Rodeo.” TOCCATA will join in the world’s celebration of Samuel Barbers’ 100th birthday by performing the Adagio for Strings (Agnus Dei with chorus). The TOCCATA chorus and soloists will also perform art songs, spirituals and Broadway show tunes. A festive trio of trumpets will play Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.

The concert opens with an audience sing-along of “Star Spangled Banner” and culminates in TOCCATA’s traditional “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful.”

 TOCCATA also introduces new artists to its summer line-up: New York soprano, Melody Moore, and local mezzo-soprano, Lilith Baran. Resident composer Fahad Siadat will premiere a new work for soloists and orchestra. TOCCATA perennial favorites, Anna Helwing and Joy Strotz, sopranos, and Stuart Duke, baritone, will also perform.

This concert will be repeated on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. July 3 at the Cal Neva Resort in Crystal Bay. The series continues at First Methodist Church in Reno at 7 p.m. on July 6 and at 7:30 p.m. on July 7 in Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch. Both concerts are celebrated as a part of Artown. The final concert of the series takes place in Squaw Valley Chapel at 5 p.m. on July 10.

Tickets are $35 preferred seating, $20 adults, $15 seniors (62 and up,) and $5 for students with a valid ID. Children under 12 enter free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased in advance by credit card at http://www.toccatatahoe.com, or at the door by cash or check.

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The concerts on July 6 and 10 have no admission charge and all donations at the door benefit the host churches. These concerts are supported by grants from the Kling family and Thorney Point foundations.

Rhapsody in Tahoe Blue is part of the 15th annual Artown festival July 1 – 31. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 375 events produced by more than 200 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

For information on performing with TOCCATA, call (775) 267-1720.

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