Hear film and opera music at Raincross Master Chorale concert – Press Enterprise

Raincross Master Chorale will present “From Opera and Cinema,” a concert of opera music and movie favorites, on Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside.

Tickets are $15, discounted for seniors and veterans.

The concert will include “May it Be”, the theme from “The Lord of the Rings” and “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz”.

The opera part includes the “Pilgrims’ Chorus” from Richard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”, the “Anvil Chorus” from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” and “The Drinking Song” from Sigmund Romberg’s “The Student Prince” .

The final piece on the show is “Before the Parade Passes By” from the musical “Hello, Dolly!”

The choir will share the stage with two young singers who have received scholarships for their musical studies in an annual program sponsored by the Raincross Master Chorale. They are Kimberly Benavides from San Bernardino and Bella Rodriguez from Redlands.

Benavides will sing “Smanie Implicabili” from the opera “Cosi fan tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He will use his scholarship to get his master’s degree in music at San Diego State University.

She has sung with the Chamber Singers at Cal State San Bernardino for four years and studied music in Germany during the summer of 2018. She hopes to sing opera professionally and teach voice, according to a press release.

Rodríguez will sing “Todo lo que sé” from “In the heights” by Lin Manuel Miranda. She is a senior at Redlands High School and will be attending Cal State Los Angeles. She has appeared in many musicals, cabarets, and variety shows, including in ensembles at the Redlands Bowl.

Her parents are music teachers, and she hopes to continue the tradition with a double major in music and education, according to the press release.

Scholarships are $1,000 per year for up to four years.

The Raincross Master Chorale, a 45-voice choir, is open by audition. William Brakemeyer conducts the choir and Abe Fabella is the accompanist.

Proceeds from concerts allow the group to award scholarships to young music students.

For information, visit raincrossmasterchorale.org/.

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