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Eliza Rubenstein, Artistic Director  

  

If you've ever heard my friend Carver Cossey sing, then you've probably already bought tickets to one (or both) of our March concerts. If you haven't . . . well, we should fix that. And you should trust me when I say that Carver's the sort of singer whose voice zooms right through your ears and straight to your soul. He's one of the finest baritones and most stirring, engaging performers you'll ever hear, and I'm beyond thrilled to be able to share a program with him.

And what a program it will be! "I Hear America Singing" is a tour in song of the United States, featuring folk music from all across the nation and all through our history: shape-note hymns from early America, African-American spirituals, cowboy (well, cowgirl) songs, barbershop tunes, and plenty more. You'll even have a chance to join in the singing if you choose, when Carver leads in some gospel choruses . . . and there's a rumor that yours truly may dust off her violin and do a little fiddling, too.

If none of that is enough to persuade you to grab a friend and get your tickets, don't forget that the cherry on top, so to speak, will be the ice cream social that follows each performance! We couldn't think of anything more perfectly American to round out these two terrific events.

We cannot wait to bring this incredibly diverse and delightful program to you. See you in March!

 

Saturday, March 15, 2014 * 7:00 p.m.
St Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach - map 

 

   

Sunday, March 16, 2014 * 3:00 p.m.
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church
 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach - map

 


Adults: $25      Seniors (65+):  $20      Students (with ID): $10

 

Group discounts of 10% available for groups of six or more!  
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Meet Guest Artist Carver Cossey
Carver Cossey
Carver Cossey

He's been called a "gem" and a "showstopper" by the

Orange County Register and has graced Southern California theatres and wowed audiences around the world for over thirty years with his sonorous, evocative voice.  Let's get to know a little more about Carver Cossey! 

 

Carver has been singing publicly since he was two years old.His father was a minister and the pastor of a Southern church, and Carver recalls, "in those days, all African-American life was centered around the church."  Besides singing in church choirs, Carver also played violin with a national high school orchestra and even won several awards for his virtuosity. As a young adult, he moved to Northern California, where he heard the Cal State-Fullerton choir perform in competition. That inspired him to focus on his singing, so he relocated to Southern California in order to study music at CSUF himself. 

 

Carver was a featured soloist with the Pacific Chorale for over thirty years, during which time he also sang with the Roger Wagner Chorale, the LA Opera, and Opera Pacific.He also has earned recognition as a fine conductor: he has served as the chorus master for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, for whom he made his conducting debut under Carl St. Clair while touring with the PSO in Europe several years ago.

 

Among his many accomplishments, Carver also taught music at the University of California, Irvine, where he led the Gospel Choir--and first met OCWC Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein.

Carver is excited about his upcoming projects--including a book he is writing, a solo CD, and more recital work--but in the meantime, he's looking forward to performing with the OCWC, and our audience members, in March! Get your tickets early for "I Hear America Singing"!

 


OCWC Announces Plans to Tour the U.K. in 2015!

We hinted at it in the fall newsletter. We let our major donors in on the secret at our Benjamin Britten birthday tea in November. We announced it to our audiences in our December concerts--and now we're telling the world: the OCWC will embark on our first international tour in the summer of 2015! Watch future editions of this newsletter for more updates about our exciting plans, and how you can help us to achieve them!

Meet Our Newest OCWC Board Member:

John Keffalas 

 

Great music deserves great help, and our Board has always been a place for talented people who are passionate about our mission. This spring, we're pleased to welcome John Keffalas to the team. 

 
John Keffalas
John Keffalas
 

John Keffalas joined the OCWC board this past fall and brings a variety of management strengths in operations management and business development which he's tuned to a perfect pitch in a career in the venture capital market. Participation on our board also gives John an outlet to explore his interests in the arts, history and, of course, music! A graduate of Penn State (BS and MBA) and Syracuse University (JD), he is eager to make a contribution and is looking for opportunities to lend his managerial strengths to our operations. 

 

A member of the board of the Friends of the Aliso Viejo Library since 2009, John wanted to expand his community service in other areas. He learned about the OCWC online through a post we'd made on VolunteerMatch. We're very happy to have John on the board with us! You'll be seeing John at some of our future concerts. Be sure to introduce yourselves and welcome John to the OCWC family!

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Eliza Rubenstein, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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