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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!

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 cozy home of one of our own – in a congenial, nonjudgmental environment conducive to making joyful music together – and perform in the delightful foyer of Sonoma Portworks at Petaluma’s Foundry Wharf. To register, or for more information, call Wendy Kuehn at 707-480-3858.

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Tuition: $100 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
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Rehearsals: Wednesday 1/11/17 through 3/15/17, 7:00 – 9:30pm

Dress rehearsal: Friday March 17, time TBA at Sonoma Portworks, Petaluma

Performance: Sunday, March 19 at 6:30pm

SPECIAL LOCATION: Sonoma Portworks, Foundry Wharf, Petaluma
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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
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 2/7/17 through 5/9/17, 7:15 – 9:45 pm (Know that there will be a bit of a break around beginning of April, and a Retreat Day (Sat or Sun) somewhere toward end of April. Exact date details on this will be forthcoming once we actually start up).

Dress rehearsal on either the Thurs or Friday before performance; please hold both dates for now, at United Church of Christ, Petaluma

Performance: Saturday, May 13 at 2 pm

United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Dr, Petaluma
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Cinnabar Singers

2017 Spring CONCERT:
Flowers for Kurt Weill

This Spring Cinnabar Singers features a set of songs about flowers – how perfect for the season! and another set explores the varied and amazing music of Kurt Weill, from One Touch of Venus, Street Scene and much more. Join us as Cinnabar’s own community chorus celebrates the season of renewal with beautiful harmony and joyous song.

Five Flower Songs (1950)                  Benjamin Britten
   To Daffodils
  The Succession of the Four Sweet Months
   Marsh Flowers
   The Evening Primrose
  Ballad Green Broom

 Three Flower Songs (1990)                Eric Whitacre
   Go, Lovely Rose
Al Schmeder, tenor; Claire Broussard, soprano
   I Hide Myself
   With A Lily In Your Hand


Ho, Billy O from Love Life (1948)
    Frank Dono, tenor; Caroline Duarte, mezzo-soprano; Ross Hagee, baritone

Train to Johannesburg from Lost in the Stars (1950)
      Scott Nelson, tenor

Stay Well from Lost in the Stars
     Mary Regan, soprano

We Are Two Shopgirls from Der Silbersee (1933)
Mary Regan, soprano; Cheryl Moore, mezzo-soprano

Surabaya Johnny from Happy End (1929)
Cheryl Moore, mezzo-soprano

Ice Cream Sextet from Street Scene (1946)
Scott Nelson, tenor; Claire Broussard, soprano; Nancy Skallerup, mezzo-soprano
Frank Dono, tenor; Ross Hagee, baritone; Whitney Campbell, bass-baritone

Dr. Crippen from One Touch of Venus (1943)
Whitney Campbell, bass-baritone

September Song from Knickerbocker Holliday (1938)
Maureen Duffy, mezzo-soprano

Saturday, May Sat. 13, 2017 at 2 pm

United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Dr, Petaluma
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$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 Spring Concert:

Sunday, March 19 at 6:30pm

Sonoma Portworks, Foundry Wharf, Petaluma

$10 for youth 18 and under
$15 for adults
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CinnaGals celebrates the coming of spring with a delightfully varied program that spans generations and centuries. Here’s what’s on the musical menu:

Deh or foss’io Palestrina (Petrarch)
Full Fathom Five Robert Johnson (Shakespeare)
Happy Together The Turtles
It Don’t Mean a Thing Duke Ellington
The Longest Time Billy Joel
How Should I Your True Love Know traditional (Shakespeare)
O Mistress Mine Alessandro Kirschner (Shakespeare)
The Seal Lullaby Eric Whitacre
Shine on Harvest Moon
Shout Sister Shout
Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home Chilcott
Sure on this Shining Night Lauridsen
Voi ch’ascoltate Monteverdi (Petrarch)

Plus readings of poetry by Mary Oliver, Petrarch, and more…

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.

Banner photo Dr. Michael Shahani and the Cinnabar Singers