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Tahoe Choir spring concert

Staff reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Tahoe Choir will celebrates its 40th anniversary with a concert of familiar songs from Broadway shows.

The nearly 50 voices of the combined Tahoe Choir and the Lake Tahoe Community College chorus will perform the music of Rogers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Gershwin, and Sondheim on May 6, 7, and 8 at the Duke Theater on the LTCC campus.

Tickets are being sold by choir members and will be available at the door. General admission is $10, student and senior ticket price is $8, and children under five years of age are free. Performances on May 6 and 7 begin at 7:30 p.m. The May 8 matinee performance starts at 2 p.m.

The Tahoe Choir was founded in 1971 by Linda Madden. Ms. Madden staged the choir in choral music, musicals and other forms of vocal music.

Paul Templon, Musical Director from 1988 to 1992 directed the choir and to an El Dorado County Art Award in 199.

Linda Mitchell became the choir’s third Musical Director in 1991.

Annual winter and spring concerts have presented a varied repertoire of music from Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven to pop and folk songs and Hollywood and Broadway show tunes. Past performances have included collaborations with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Francisco Shakespeare Company. The choir appeared at the Bear Valley Music Festival, the Foothill Arts Festival and continues to participate in locally presented fairs and festivals.

The Tahoe Choir performed in 1994, 1999 and 2006 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. On April 28, 2004, the Choir joined with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and choirs from UNR to perform Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at Caesars Tahoe.

Linda Mitchell, the Musical Director of the Tahoe Choir, received her B.A. and M.A. in music from the University of California at Riverside. Mitchell studied voice, opera, and conducting. She has performed in musical comedy and opera and is one of the original members of the Tahoe Choir. She has been a soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, and Respighi’s Hymn to the Virgin. She also taught music at South Tahoe High School and is an adjunct faculty member at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Salli Parker, Pianist, holds a B.A. in music from Goucher College and attended three years of graduate school at Cornell University studying music theory, musicology, and piano. Parker spent the next fifteen years working and touring as a musical conductor/keyboard player in professional musical theaters across the country, before arriving at Lake Tahoe. She worked on and off Broadway, and in regional theater, summer stock, and in the worlds of review, nightclubs, and dinner theater. She has accompanied the Tahoe Choir and taught piano classes at the College since 1989.઼

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