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For Press Information: tel: 714-662-2345

Kelly Ruggirello, President • Kimberly Dwan Bernatz, Chairman

fax: 714-662-2395 ryan@pacificchorale.org www.pacificchorale.org 3621 South Harbor Blvd, Suite 220 Santa Ana, CA 92704

Pacific Chorale presentsAmerican Masterpieces Choral Festival Celebrating American Choral Music

Three-day event includes: Free music events for local church, community, collegiate and high school choral groups Free workshops and seminars for choral leaders Free public performances by Pacific Chorale, John Alexander Singers, the 200-voice High School Festival Chorus and the 500-voice American Festival Chorus Free community sing event with Alice Parker

April 21 – 23 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

COSTA MESA, CA – Pacific Chorale will hold its American Masterpieces Choral Festival April 21 – 23 at the Orange County Performing Artscenter’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Activities include workshops with Pacific Chorale Artistic Director John Alexander, Assistant Conductor Robert Istad, the John Alexander Singers and Festival Composers-in-Residence Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and Alice Parker. Additionally, there will be performances of works by Pacific Chorale Young Composers Competition winners Michael Eglin and Zachary Wadsworth. All Festival events and performances are free to participants and audiences.

The Pacific Chorale American Masterpieces Choral Festival is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Orange County Performing Artscenter, The Capital Group Companies, Inc., Phillip N. and Mary A. Lyons, the R. C. Baker Foundation and Wells Fargo.

Pacific Chorale Artistic Director John Alexander said, “We are proud to have the opportunity to engage the entire Orange County community in this special choral festival. It is one of only six sites in the United States to hold such an event that is supported and endorsed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Singing enriches our world, touches our souls and lifts our spirits as no other art form. It is a vital and effective educational tool. The Pacific Chorale American Masterpieces Choral Festival will be an extraordinary experience for those who take advantage of this opportunity, and we welcome everyone to join us, to learn and to sing out!”

Monday, April 21, 2008 High School Choral Festival Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

High school choristers will participate in Pacific Chorale’s American Festival High School Chorus. The day will include rehearsals with Pacific Chorale’s Artistic Director John Alexander, Robert Istad and Composers-in-Residence Morten Lauridsen, Alice Parker and Eric Whitacre.

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