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Sarah Hughes, Assistant Director and Conductor   


Nothing says summer like sipping sangria and enjoying warm, earthy guitar music, sultry dance rhythms, and lilting Latin folk songs.The OCWC will kick-start your summer vacation with just that as we conclude our global season with a tour of Central and South America!


If you've attended one of our end-of-season concerts before, you've probably already bought tickets because you know you'll be treated to an arresting array of choral music and solos while you relax around tables with tasty treats and drinks in the company of friends. If you've never been to our concerts (or if you're still on the fence about picking up tickets for this one), here's why you should join us at St. George's Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 31st:
  • The chorus and some of our fabulous soloists will perform popular folk songs you may know, such as "Besame Mucho" and "Cucurrucucu Paloma" (Mexico), "Maquerúle" (Colombia), and "La Paloma" (Venezuela) as well as a smattering of lullabies and dances from across the continent that you may not know. They have quickly become our new favorites, and we hope they will be yours, too!
  • We are excited to welcome classical guitarist Iren Arutyunyan to collaborate with the chorus and add stellar solo guitar music to the program. She specializes in Latin American music, so hearing her play Jorge Morel's "Danza Brasilera" will be a particular treat.
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  •  And of course, what better accompaniment to good music than good food! Grab a plate of tapas to munch as you listen and enjoy a glass of sangria or a non-alcoholic beverage to whet your appetite for more fabulous singing.
Come join the Mujeres muy Musicales of the OCWC for an evening of entertainment you won't want to miss!


Saturday, May 31, 2014 * 5:00 p.m.
Silent auction opens at 4:30 p.m.
Bourne Hall
St George's Episcopal Church and Academy

23802 Avenida de la Carlota, Laguna Hills - 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 Iren Arutyunyan

Iren began studying guitar with her father at the age of seven, and went on to complete both her bachelor's degree and her master's degree in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California.

Iren is the winner of several prestigious guitar competitions; in November 2011, she won the Guitar Foundation of America Regional Pre-professional Soloist Competition, defeating competitors from all over southern California. Iren has participated in numerous master classes, and has studied with guitar superstars, including Scott Tenant, Brian Head, Pepe and Angel Romero, David Russell, and Paul Galbraith. In the summer of 2012, Iren was chosen to participate in the Volterra Project in Italy, which included master classes, music physiology training, management seminars, and community performances in Tuscany.

Iren performs and teaches extensively throughout southern California. Since 2010, she has been involved in leading the guitar department for Youth Policy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing enrichment opportunities to empower youth.

We know you won't want to miss this opportunity to hear a remarkable southern California talent! Buy your tickets today!

View from the Mountaintop
Eliza Rubenstein, Artistic Director

We often speak of "mountaintop experiences"--those moments in our lives that are hard to top, when passion and purpose and beauty and wisdom converge in a moment of perfect fulfillment--but how often do they actually take place on a mountaintop? One of mine did, during a summer choir tour to Wales in 1997, when I had just finished my graduate degree in choral conducting. The UCI choral ensembles were performing at the International Choral Eisteddfod, an annual festival of singing and folk dance, in Llangollen, and during a break in the action, a handful of friends and I decided to trek up to the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran, a medieval fortress atop the tallest hill in town.


If Orange County had any nine-hundred-year-old attractions, you can bet they'd be well guarded with rails and cordons and security personnel; in Wales, though, the relics of the past are part of the landscape of the present, and Dinas Bran sits unguarded on its gentle peak. We sat in the shadow of its towers and climbed atop its crumbled walls as thousands of people had surely done before us. We looked down at the impossibly green valleys and impossibly charming towns below us. And as we breathed in the smell of flowers and sheep and an approaching rainshower, we heard the sounds of a Welsh men's chorus, singing a folk song in four-part harmony in the local tongue, rising up from the festival in the village below.


It was a perfect moment, a true mountaintop experience, and I decided in that instant that I would be back to Llangollen--back as a conductor when I had exactly the right ensemble to bring with me. When I returned ten years later as a singer and stood in the same place once more, I knew that my next trip there had to be with the OCWC.


We're just a little more than a year away from making that long-held dream come true, and I can't wait to tour the United Kingdom and stand in the shadow of Dinas Bran with the finest group of "singin' wimmin" I've met. We know we can count on you to help us get to that mountaintop....and we promise to share the view with you.

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