Principal pianist and guest conductor Bob Gunn will lead the Long Beach Chorale on a journey through music of the American stage, featuring selections from opera, concert and theater, at 4pm Sunday, June 12 at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd.
The Long Beach Chorale, in its final performance of the 2010-2011 season, will showcase works by some of the most accomplished American composers, highlighting American stage music such as “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “Come to My Garden” from The Secret Garden, “Water Night” by Eric Whitacre, “The Promise of Living” from The Tender Land by Aaron Copland, and a choral medley from the incomparable Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.
Gunn is in his eighth season with the Long Beach Chorale as principal accompanist and has more than 30 years of musical experience performing, directing, recording, and arranging. He recently performed Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” during the Spring 2009 concert with the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.
“I’m honored and thrilled once again to take the helm of the talented Long Beach Chorale and trust that you will thoroughly enjoy our peek into some of America’s finest stage music,” Gunn said.
The audience is invited to join members of the Long Beach Chorale for a reception after the show. Refreshments and desserts will be available, and guests can also bid on raffle prizes.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, available online or at the door.