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Cinnabar Choruses

At Cinnabar, we believe music is part of a well-rounded life – so we provide opportunities for everyone to participate. Do you like to sing? Join one of our community choirs!


CINNAGALS Women’s Chorus
Cheryl Moore, music director
Alla Martova, accompanist

Cinnabar’s CinnaGals welcomes any woman (age 16 and over) who loves to sing in beautiful harmony and enjoys the company of others who do, too. We rehearse in the Cinnabar Studio – in a congenial, nonjudgmental environment conducive to making joyful music together – and perform in the cozy environs of Petaluma’s Elim Lutheran Church. Previous choral experience useful but not required. To register, or for more information, call Elly at 707-763-8920.

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Tuition: $140 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Returning singers: 10% discount for early enrollment.
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Rehearsals: Wednesdays 8/23/17 through 11/8/17, 7:00 – 9:30pm in the Cinnabar Studio

Dress rehearsal: Friday November 10, time TBA at Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma

Performance: Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm

SPECIAL LOCATION: Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma
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CINNABAR SINGERS
Michael Shahani, music director and conductor
Chris Alexander, accompanist

Our mixed voice chorus welcomes anyone 16 or older who shares the joy of singing in glorious harmony with like-minded folk. Join our next session: you’ll rehearse on Tuesday evenings in Cinnabar’s studio in preparation for our concert at the United Church of Christ in Petaluma.

For more info, contact Jeannine Drew at (707) 338-2443 or jdrew@sonic.net.
Or just arrive at 7:00 pm on the first rehearsal date (Tuesday 2/7/17) for a simple audition to establish vocal range and determine placement within the chorus.

 Tuition: $150 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
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Rehearsals: Tuesdays 9/12 through 12/5/17, 7:15 – 9:45 pm at Cinnabar Theater

Dress rehearsal on either the Friday Dec. 8 (evening)
Performance: Sunday, 12/10 at 2pm

SPECIAL LOCATION: 
Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma
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Cinnabar Singers

2017 Holiday CONCERT

Here’s a partial list of Dr. Shahani’s program choices:

Rachmaninoff – All Night Vigil
(BTW: If you’ve ever heard of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers–it is THIS piece. “Vespers” is a mistranslation of the Russian–it is correctly titled ‘All Night Vigil.’ No it doesn’t last ‘all night’ and we are only doing a subset of movements!)

This is an amazing chance to sing this beautiful work. To pull off singing Russian Liturgical choral music, we could *really* use some more Tenors & Basses. Please invite all the lovely men you know!! And don’t forget any female Tenors–all are welcome! And of course we need strong Sopranos & Altos to support them.

This is Movement 7 performed in the Capitol Building Rotunda in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Shahani’s hometown, by the Luther College Nordic Choir.  Gorgeous!
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Here’s the whole thing, beautiful singing and the video is cool too. Dr. Shahani wants the conductor’s jacket.

He’s also thinking about some nice arrangements of French Christmas carols, Robin Eschner’s two holiday pieces; settings of the instructions to put together a tricycle (parents working through the night on Christmas Eve to get the tricycle put together!), and a setting of a recipe for Figgy Pudding.

DATE & TIME
Concert Sun. Dec. 10 at 2pm

SPECIAL LOCATION
Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma

TICKETS
$10 for youth 18 and under
$15 for adults
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Michael Shahani (music director and conductor) received a BM from the University of Nebraska in voice and piano, an MA in conducting from the University of California, and a DMA in orchestral conducting from the Hartt School of Music. He has conducted more than 350 performances of more than 65 different operas and musicals, as well as several orchestras in dozens of concerts. He is a faculty member at City College of San Francisco, and has conducted most of the City Summer Opera and CCSF productions since 1989. He founded the Hesperian Ensemble Orchestra and the Moraga Chamber Orchestra in the San Francisco area. He has been musical director for Verismo Opera, VOICES/SF Opera Ensemble, Theater Concord, San Francisco Recreation Symphony, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and Contra Costa Musical Theater. He has been a guest conductor with the Varna Philharmonic, Pleven Philharmonic, and Rousse Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria, the China Film Philharmonic in Beijing, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Londrina in Brazil, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. His teachers include Murry Sidlin, Gunther Schuller, and Harold Farberman.

Since moving to Santa Rosa in 1999, Chris Alexander (accompanist) has played for North Bay groups such as Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 6th Street Playhouse, Cinnabar Opera Theater of Petaluma, Raven Players of Healdsburg, and Sonoma Bach. Prior to moving north, Mr. Alexander played for the San Jose State Chorale (including a tour to Russia in 2000), TheatreWorks of Palo Alto (including World and West Coast musical premieres), Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and the Redwood Symphony, and also accompanied the Stanford Savoyards for 11 seasons. Mr. Alexander thanks his wife, Dana (Montgomery High School’s Choral Director), and daughter Ella for being wonderful!


 

CinnaGals

CinnaGals Fall Concert
Cheryl Moore and her Gals will announce their fall concert program soon – check back for details!

DATE & TIME
Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm

SPECIAL LOCATION
Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma

TICKETS
$10 for youth 18 and under
$15 for adults
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Cheryl Moore (music director and conductor) spent several years teaching a variety of performing arts classes – including piano, voice, choir, drama, musical theater, and dance – at the high school and college levels. As a performer, she has appeared as a soloist in a variety of concert works including Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s St. John Passion. Favorite stage roles include Prince Orlofski in Die Fledermaus, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. In addition, Cheryl also performs with Vajra Voices, a women’s vocal ensemble specializing in he music of Hildegard von Bingen. She holds a BA in Music from SSU, an MM in Vocal Performance from the Univeristy of New Mexico, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in early music performance practice from Case Western Reserve University. In her spare time, she enjoys making Medieval and Renaissance costumes.