North Lake Tahoe choir concert to highlight works of Puccini |

North Lake Tahoe choir concert to highlight works of Puccini

If you go

What: Sierra Nevada Concert Choir Spring Concert

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, April 7 and 9

Where: St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village

Contact: Donna Axton, 775-881-7586

The Sierra Nevada College Choir, under the direction of Donna Axton, will perform its spring concert, “Puccini,” at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church next week.

Presale tickets are available at Potlatch and Handmade at the Lake in Incline Village, at The Store in Tahoe City or from chorus members for $15. Tickets are also available at the door for $20 general admission, $15 for seniors. Children 12 and under and SNC students and staff are not charged.

Giocomo Puccini wrote some of the most beautifully evocative music in existence. His melodies are complex and heart-rending.

The first half of the SNC Chorus’s program includes excerpts from Madame Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, La Boheme and La Rondine. Soloists include tenor Brad Perry, baritones David Pierce and Marty Gollery, mezzo soprano Lorelei van Peborgh, and sopranos Candy Perrine, Karen Colbert, Gayle Blazer, Suzanne Gollery and Marsha Tejeda.

You will hear many familiar melodies — including the stunning “Nessun Dorma,” and the lovely “O Mio Babbino Caro.”

The second section of the program is Puccini’s exhilarating “Messa di Gloria,” written when he was just 20. It combines the excitement of youth with the fabulous melodic writing to be found later in his operas.

There’s barely space for listeners to pause for breath in between one glorious tune and the next. This piece is accompanied by a small orchestra and is a show piece for our wonderful chorus.

In its 30th year, the SNC choir brings high-quality musical productions to this community. The membership is drawn from Tahoe’s North Shore, Truckee and Sierra Nevada College. Axton is the musical director and conductor.

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