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By B.W. Cook | September 30, 2009
As underwriting parties go, this was the most civilized and first-class event held to benefit a charity. Loyal patrons of the Pacific Chorale gathered recently at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach to raise money in support of their holiday concert and dinner, which is known as A Dickens’ Feast. Hosted by the generous Chairs Margie and Martin Hubbard , the Big Canyon dinner reception welcomed a contingent of 32 Pacific Chorale devotees. In the crowd were Kimberly and Bob Bernatz , Warren C oy , Denice Douglas and David Brown , Sharon and Harvey Fair , Valerie and Hans Imhof , Hunter and Elaine Keck , and Maralou and Jerry Harrington . Guests gathered at sunset on the stone terrace of the new Big Canyon Country Club, enjoying cocktail conversation prior to the dinner fundraiser.
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By B.W. COOK | January 20, 2007
The Pacific Chorale begins 2007 on a high note. A holiday dinner event at the Center Club, Costa Mesa, netted $120,000 for the musical ensemble, which is a local treasure. Gala event chair Jan Landstrom of Newport Beach welcomed social leaders in support of Orange County arts, many of whom had come to join the chorale in paying tribute to another treasure, Floss Schumacher , recipient of the lifetime achievement award presented by the chorale. Schumacher resides in Las Vegas but was a longtime Newport resident and was involved in many community causes with her husband, Ed. In fact, the Schumachers were instrumental leaders championing many efforts not only in the arts but also in education and medical research.
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May 25, 2002
Young Chang When John Alexander was young and deciding what to do with his life, he went back and forth between wanting to sing and wanting to play the violin. So he did what any sensible musician would do. He chose to conduct. Now he plays the ultimate instrument -- the 160-voice Pacific Chorale -- and will celebrate 30 years of leading the group with a season finale concert June 2 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "I tell you, I've conducted choirs all over the world," said the 57-year-old Alexander, the chorale's artistic director.
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By B.W. Cook | November 1, 2012
When it comes to community spirit there is arguably no more dedicated confederation of folks than the ardent and steadfast supporters of Pacific Chorale. Recently in Newport Beach they came together, as they have done year after year, for an underwriting event in advance of the chorale's annual holiday concert and dinner affectionately and traditionally known as "A Dicken's Feast" set for Dec. 16 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Center Club. What is remarkable is the generosity of the loyalists, most notably the hosts of the underwriting dinner, Martin and Margie Hubbard , at an event at Big Canyon County Club in Newport Beach.
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By Bradley Zint | November 3, 2011
COSTA MESA - The conductor sits comfortably in a backstage room within a concert hall, which, he says, glorifies the qualities of the human voice. John Alexander is retrospective. His decades leading the Pacific Chorale have added up, and yet the 67-year-old Laguna Beach resident remains as excited and as enthusiastic as ever. He remarks that at this very moment, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is a perfect place to talk. It's the hall that heralded in the newest chapter of his accomplished artistic life.
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By B.W. Cook | November 16, 2011
Not many people in today's world are fortunate enough to devote a lifetime to a career, a singular purpose and a passion. Even fewer people have the talent, the stamina and the vision to sustain that career and that passion for years, let alone decades. Last week in Orange County one man was honored for 40 years of service to his lifetime pursuit and for the difference it has made not just in this community, but on a national and international scale. John Alexander , artistic director of the Pacific Chorale, accepted a multi-encore standing ovation from a full house in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on the occasion, debuting his 40th-anniversary season with the chorus that is considered one of the finest in America.
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By Alisha Gomez | November 18, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Former Newport Beach Mayor Doreen Demond Marshall died of natural causes at her home Nov. 9. The longtime Lido Isle resident, who served on the City Council for nearly a decade, was also known for her charitable contributions. She was 88. Marshall was born Doreen Demond on Dec. 22, 1922, in Los Angeles to Earle Frank Demond and Lucile Long Demond. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Marshall also did post-graduate work at Columbia University.
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By Bradley Zint | December 22, 2011
One thing I find so wonderful about the Pacific Chorale is that it's made up of our county's neighbors and our friends, maybe even our family. On select nights these varied folks, most of them volunteers, sing gloriously without the help of today's omnipresent Auto-Tune. Wednesday was one of those nights. On that chilly SoCal evening this remarkable ensemble, a contender for among the finest nationwide, had its annual Christmas-themed concert in its Costa Mesa home base, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
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By Michael Miller | October 31, 2013
As records pressed in 1969 go, it's an obscure one - far from "Abbey Road" or "Let It Bleed. " But however many copies remain of it, two found their way last month into a quiet room in UC Irvine's music department. With one of the discs on the turntable, the needle touched down and crackled before a soaring baritone rang from the speakers. Seconds later, a full chorus joined, its harmonies vivid beneath the surface gravel. With the record sleeves spread out in front of them, James Dunning and Rita Major listened closely and sometimes smiled and nodded in recognition.
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By Michael Miller | October 31, 2013
As records pressed in 1969 go, it's an obscure one - far from "Abbey Road" or "Let It Bleed. " But however many copies remain of it, two found their way last month into a quiet room in UC Irvine's music department. With one of the discs on the turntable, the needle touched down and crackled before a soaring baritone rang from the speakers. Seconds later, a full chorus joined, its harmonies vivid beneath the surface gravel. With the record sleeves spread out in front of them, James Dunning and Rita Major listened closely and sometimes smiled and nodded in recognition.
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By B.W. Cook | November 1, 2012
When it comes to community spirit there is arguably no more dedicated confederation of folks than the ardent and steadfast supporters of Pacific Chorale. Recently in Newport Beach they came together, as they have done year after year, for an underwriting event in advance of the chorale's annual holiday concert and dinner affectionately and traditionally known as "A Dicken's Feast" set for Dec. 16 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Center Club. What is remarkable is the generosity of the loyalists, most notably the hosts of the underwriting dinner, Martin and Margie Hubbard , at an event at Big Canyon County Club in Newport Beach.
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By Bradley Zint | December 22, 2011
One thing I find so wonderful about the Pacific Chorale is that it's made up of our county's neighbors and our friends, maybe even our family. On select nights these varied folks, most of them volunteers, sing gloriously without the help of today's omnipresent Auto-Tune. Wednesday was one of those nights. On that chilly SoCal evening this remarkable ensemble, a contender for among the finest nationwide, had its annual Christmas-themed concert in its Costa Mesa home base, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
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By Alisha Gomez | November 18, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Former Newport Beach Mayor Doreen Demond Marshall died of natural causes at her home Nov. 9. The longtime Lido Isle resident, who served on the City Council for nearly a decade, was also known for her charitable contributions. She was 88. Marshall was born Doreen Demond on Dec. 22, 1922, in Los Angeles to Earle Frank Demond and Lucile Long Demond. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Marshall also did post-graduate work at Columbia University.
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By B.W. Cook | November 16, 2011
Not many people in today's world are fortunate enough to devote a lifetime to a career, a singular purpose and a passion. Even fewer people have the talent, the stamina and the vision to sustain that career and that passion for years, let alone decades. Last week in Orange County one man was honored for 40 years of service to his lifetime pursuit and for the difference it has made not just in this community, but on a national and international scale. John Alexander , artistic director of the Pacific Chorale, accepted a multi-encore standing ovation from a full house in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on the occasion, debuting his 40th-anniversary season with the chorus that is considered one of the finest in America.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | November 3, 2011
COSTA MESA - The conductor sits comfortably in a backstage room within a concert hall, which, he says, glorifies the qualities of the human voice. John Alexander is retrospective. His decades leading the Pacific Chorale have added up, and yet the 67-year-old Laguna Beach resident remains as excited and as enthusiastic as ever. He remarks that at this very moment, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is a perfect place to talk. It's the hall that heralded in the newest chapter of his accomplished artistic life.
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By B.W. Cook | January 1, 2010
The holidays were filled with music on the Orange Coast. The Pacific Chorale, under the artistic direction of John Alexander John Alexander , presented their spectacular concert and dinner event at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, netting an impressive $115,000 for the Pacific Chorale. The annual Christmas fundraising gala is known as A Dickens Feast, and begins with the Pacific Chorale’s annual holiday concert “Tis The Season!” at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
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By B.W. COOK | January 20, 2007
The Pacific Chorale begins 2007 on a high note. A holiday dinner event at the Center Club, Costa Mesa, netted $120,000 for the musical ensemble, which is a local treasure. Gala event chair Jan Landstrom of Newport Beach welcomed social leaders in support of Orange County arts, many of whom had come to join the chorale in paying tribute to another treasure, Floss Schumacher , recipient of the lifetime achievement award presented by the chorale. Schumacher resides in Las Vegas but was a longtime Newport resident and was involved in many community causes with her husband, Ed. In fact, the Schumachers were instrumental leaders championing many efforts not only in the arts but also in education and medical research.
NEWS
May 25, 2002
Young Chang When John Alexander was young and deciding what to do with his life, he went back and forth between wanting to sing and wanting to play the violin. So he did what any sensible musician would do. He chose to conduct. Now he plays the ultimate instrument -- the 160-voice Pacific Chorale -- and will celebrate 30 years of leading the group with a season finale concert June 2 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "I tell you, I've conducted choirs all over the world," said the 57-year-old Alexander, the chorale's artistic director.
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