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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 B.W. Cook | September 21, 2011
Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach was the setting for an underwriting dinner to benefit the upcoming 40th anniversary of Maestro John Alexander's association with the Pacific Chorale. Chaired by hosts Mart and Margie Hubbard , and Jan Landstrom , the evening brought together ardent benefactors of the Pacific Chorale, most notably Mary and Phil Lyons , Warren Coy , Margaret Gates , Vina Williams and Tom Slattery . These generous donors along with fellow Pacific Chorale supporters Dardie Dunlap , Ruth Ann and John Evans , Valerie and Hans Imhof , Sally Anderson and Tom Rogers , and Elizabeth and John Stahr raised $139,700 to underwrite the 40th anniversary concert on Nov. 6 honoring Alexander at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
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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 Bradley Zint | October 18, 2012
The Pacific Chorale will celebrate its 45th concert season at the end of the month with a performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah. " The concert is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, where the chorus is one of three resident companies. "'Elijah' is the greatest oratorio of the 19th century, including some of the most beautiful and sublime music ever written, in service to a highly dramatic story of battles between powerful personalities," John Alexander, the chorale's longtime artistic director, said in a prepared statement.
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By Hannah Fry | April 3, 2014
In a classroom full of elementary school students, a vocal instructor pointed at fifth-grader Bryan Agustin, who promptly opened his mouth and sang one word: tuba. His peers turned to look at him, eyes wide, and surprised by the beautiful sound that escaped from the 11-year-old Pomona Elementary School student. The exercise of musical categories teaches students how to use their singing instead of speaking voices, said Molly Pontin, executive director at Pacific Chorale. "He's so talented," she said of Bryan.
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By Michael Miller | August 7, 2013
The road to musical literacy is long, and for some at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Monday night, it may have begun with Laura Harrison's fingers. Harrison, a music educator and classical and jazz vocalist, led a class of about 30 adults in a small, brightly lit rehearsal room. The subject of the class was reading sheet music, and the participants, who would perform alongside the Pacific Chorale in less than a week, began with a crash course in rhythm. "You hear that?"
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July 27, 2002
Whitney Blain reports that the final chapter of the Pacific Chorale's wild murder mystery game has ended. The guilty are behind bars. Well, at least some of them. The exceptionally engaging Mary Lyons, one of the dominant sponsors of the Pacific Chorale, joined with her husband, Phil, in opening their storybook home beside Newport Harbor to stage the murder mystery fund-raiser. Billed as "Murder at the Lighthouse III: The Final Chapter," the Lyons family welcomed an enormous crowd for the early summer Saturday evening romp on the spectacular harborfront grounds.
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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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June 21, 2002
Lokelani's -- Rhythm of the Islands, a Polynesian dance and drum studio in Costa Mesa, will present a fund-raiser June 29 at the Newport Beach American Legion Hall, 215 15th St., Newport Beach. The group will compete next on July 12 through 14 at the Tahiti Fete in San Jose. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for this dinner and show, which begins at 9 p.m. Island Breeze will perform music. Cost is $30 a person. Information: (714) 437-1146. Auditions on Saturday for Pacific Chorale Pacific Chorale will hold auditions Saturday and July 6 for the Pacific Chorale Children's Choruses' 2002-03 season.
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By Hannah Fry | April 3, 2014
In a classroom full of elementary school students, a vocal instructor pointed at fifth-grader Bryan Agustin, who promptly opened his mouth and sang one word: tuba. His peers turned to look at him, eyes wide, and surprised by the beautiful sound that escaped from the 11-year-old Pomona Elementary School student. The exercise of musical categories teaches students how to use their singing instead of speaking voices, said Molly Pontin, executive director at Pacific Chorale. "He's so talented," she said of Bryan.
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By Nuran Aleir, Special to the Daily Pilot and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 31, 2014
Irvine United Congregational Church will host a benefit concert, "Songs about Music," at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert will include 19 Southern California vocalists directed by David Clemensen, an accompanist at Orange County Pacific Chorale in Costa Mesa since 2003. The program features solos by each singer, accompanied by Clemensen on the piano. "There's something really special that happens when a truly talented singer sings," Clemensen said. "I call that magic. You forget everything else as soon as they begin.
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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 | August 7, 2013
The road to musical literacy is long, and for some at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Monday night, it may have begun with Laura Harrison's fingers. Harrison, a music educator and classical and jazz vocalist, led a class of about 30 adults in a small, brightly lit rehearsal room. The subject of the class was reading sheet music, and the participants, who would perform alongside the Pacific Chorale in less than a week, began with a crash course in rhythm. "You hear that?"
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By Michael Miller | June 20, 2013
If I had my indulgence - if I could direct the Pacific Chorale's leaders on how to preserve "The Shore" for posterity - I would have them keep the inappropriate applause. Not that I'm any authority on how to record a piece like Frank Ticheli and David St. John's opus that debuted June 1 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. A work so painstakingly crafted deserves a pristine recorded version, and that's what it will get - according to Ticheli, the chorale and Pacific Symphony held a studio session two days after the premiere, and the version on the upcoming CD from Delos will blend those studio takes with portions of the live one. Still, I hope someone will hold onto the opening-night recording, if only to include as a bonus track on some future compilation.
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February 7, 2013
Joan Sue Betson of Newport Beach, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2013 in the company of her three children Kevin Betson, Pamela Sue Barnett and Lance Betson.  Joan Sue and her twin sister Audrey Lou, were born on September 22, 1930 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to parents Carl J. Schroeder and Irene Hall Schuette Schroeder. After graduating from Appleton High School, Joan attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin where she joined the Chi Omega Sorority.  An active alumnus, she remained in contact with her sorority sisters throughout her life.
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By B.W. Cook | January 3, 2013
On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin became the second astronaut to walk on the surface of the moon. More recently, on Dec. 19, he fronted the Orange County World Affairs Council as the keynote speaker for a holiday-themed event attracting some 300 guests at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The astronaut shared memories of his experience, commenting on the extreme desolation of the moon, which he described in detail for the audience. He went on to express the opinion that United States space exploration efforts should be focused on Mars.
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By Michael Miller | December 27, 2012
Alfred Hitchcock was once quoted as saying, "I enjoy playing the audience like a piano. " And so does Eileen Jeanette. The vice president of artistic and orchestra operations for the Pacific Symphony keeps a keen eye on how many people have bought tickets for every show at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. It's not just a matter of fretting about the crowd's reaction; Jeanette needs to know how many human bodies will occupy the seats, because that will indicate how much she needs to shift the room's acoustics to accommodate them.
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By Bradley Zint | December 13, 2012
The merriest music month of them all continues with two Pacific Chorale performances in the coming days. Set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday, the chorale's annual "Tis the Season!" concerts will feature Christmas tunes and other favorites at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Accompanying the chorale, which is led by John Alexander, are the Pacific Symphony, Southern California Children's Chorus, organist Jason Klein and pianist David Clemensen.
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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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