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July 3, 2007 > Symphonic Choir Benefit Concert Tour

Symphonic Choir Benefit Concert Tour

San Jose Symphonic Choir will be performing a week-long series of five benefit concerts, primarily at historic California missions, featuring a fundraising concert to benefit the Old Mission San Jose in Fremont at 7:30 pm on Monday, July 9th. Tickets are $10; all sales and donation proceeds will benefit the mission.

"It is thrilling to be able to present the excellent choral music of San Jose Symphonic Choir to our local community," said Dolores Ferenz, Administrator for Mission San Jose. "We are grateful for the generosity of the volunteer singers who are donating their time and talents so that we can preserve an important part of California history for future generations."
Music director and maestro Leroy Kromm selected several contemporary California composers as the core of the musical selection that will be presented a cappella, which is without instrumental accompaniment. Included in the repertoire are several musical works that are representative of the Spanish and Mexican culture during the time period of the missions.

"Today's California composers meet yesterday's California mission churches is the theme for our first-ever local benefit tour. We will feature emerging choral music that is unique, original and local to California give voice to the works of living, contemporary composers," said Kromm. "Since we will be singing in some of the oldest standing examples of Spanish architecture in the west, I am including a sampling of older Renaissance Latin church music."

Paul Davis, Choir president, said, "This choir is recognized as the best musically and vocally talented community choral society because we are more than simply a collection of good singers. Through Leroy's unique gift of musical interpretation we produce a high quality sound and exude a passion that is felt by the audience."

San Jose Symphonic Choir, 110 voices strong, is the oldest and largest volunteer choral society in California, performing both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment, continuously since 1924. Under the leadership and tutelage of Maestro Leroy Kromm, the Choir presents major concert works throughout the year, encompassing choral music of a wide variety of composers and musical styles for chorus and orchestra.

Three members of the choir reside in Fremont:
Ms. Pearl Gunsell, originally from China, is a retired Medical Technician, a member of the Fremont Symphony Guild and a Music Honor Society Sorority. She has sung with the Ohlone Community Chorale, and the Peabody and Berkshire Choral Festivals in Maryland and Salzburg.

Mrs. Xavier de Sousa is the Soprano Section Leader of the San Jose Symphonic Choir. She directed her church choir at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome where her choir sang for the Sunday High Mass and performed for Pope John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). She has also directed the Deo Gloria Choir (which she founded in 2001) in performance with Glenn Yarbrough and "The Forgotten Carols" in Old Mission San Jose.

Ms. Dondero Xavier, who recently celebrated her 86th birthday, has sung with daughter, Sharon, for the past 9 years, since her husband's passing in 1999. One of their favorite "performances" was singing for the Ordination of Bishop Larry Silva (formerly of Fremont's Our Lady of Guadalupe Church) in Honolulu, Hawaii. She previously sang with the St. Isidore's Church Choir in Danville for over 25 years.

San Jose Symphonic Choir benefit concert
Monday, July 9
7:30 p.m.
Old Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 657-1797 ext. 106

Concert tickets are available at the Old San Jose Mission Museum Gift Shop (open daily 10am to 5pm.), by telephone and at the door, if available.

Tickets are $10

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