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The Crowd: 'Tis the season for Chorale support

January 09, 2014|By B.W. Cook
  • Pacific Chorale Artistic Director John Alexander, left, and Jan Landstrom.
Pacific Chorale Artistic Director John Alexander, left,… (Stan Sholik )

The glow of the holiday season spills over into the New Year, sending a message of goodwill to citizens of the Newport-Mesa community.

The respected resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, fondly known as the Pacific Chorale, held a spectacular holiday event Dec. 22 that began with a sold-out concert, "Tis the Season!", on a late Sunday afternoon in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, followed by a dinner celebration for 200 patrons of the Pacific Chorale, who gathered at the Westin South Coast Plaza for a traditional Christmas dinner with its roots in old English tradition.

The event netted more than $100,000 for the chorale, the most important fund-raiser of the year for the organization. Funds will support a variety of initiatives, including a youth summer program known as Choral Camp, adult music classes, a program labeled Intro to the Arts and a new pilot program for the elementary school level which the chorale is calling the Pacific Chorale Academy.

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The success of the event belongs to the dedicated co-chairs Vina Williams and Tom Slattery. Supporting the chorale is more than a civic duty for the pair; it is a life-enhancing passion. They were joined by a committee that included Denice Douglas, Jacline Evered, Sharon Fair, Katie Friedel, Valerie Imhof, Jan Landstrom, Randi Larsen, Lori Loftus, Sharon McNalley and Donna Morse. All of the individuals involved consider the chorale to be an important aspect of their lives, and many go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the music reaches as wide an audience in Orange County and beyond as possible.

Major financial support comes from a cross section of community interest. Among the generous are Cheryl and Herb Fischer, Tom and Anne Henley, Hans and Valerie Imhof, Phillip and Mary Lyons, Mart and Margie Hubbard, and Ruth Ann and John Evans, to name only a few. Also supporting the chorale are Warren Coy, Margaret Gates, Wanlyn and Benton Bejach, Janice Johnson, and Jerry and Maralou Harrington.

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