Local Musicians Invited to Interfaith Festival

February 19, 2011
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Dr. James Calhoun

Dr. James Calhoun

University of La Verne’s new Choral Director, Dr. James Calhoun, and the La Verne Church of the Brethren (LVCOB)Sanctuary Choir have been invited to participate in the Interfaith Festival of Sacred Music being hosted by the Cultural Arts Society of La Verne.  Inspired by the Fez (Morocco) Festival of World Sacred Music, this festival will build on the transcendent power of music and the power of spirituality to provide a totally rejuvenating experience for those in attendance.  Scheduled for Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in The Meeting House at Hillcrest, 2708 Mountain View Drive in La Verne, all are encouraged to attend this musical celebration of the spirit.  Tickets can be purchased at The Meeting House or at the door. Adults are $10 and children 12 years or under, free.


The LVCOB Sanctuary Choir will be featuring the arrangements & compositions of Shawn Kirchner, accompanist for the choir. Kirchner is described by Grant Gershon, Conductor of the LA Masterworks Chorale, as “one of the greatest choral arrangers & composers working in the world today.”  The LA Masterworks Chorale performs Kirchner arrangements and compositions as part of every season’s repertoire.  The choirwill be singing a medley of Shaker tunes, arranged by Kirchner, closely tied to Brethren core values of living simply.  Celebrating the long Brethren history of four-part harmony singing, the choir will sing Shawn’s original composition, Angel Band, which takes four-part harmony to the next level.  The piece was written for the choir’s recent tour of Hungary.

Dr. James Calhoun, ULV Director of Choral Activities, has a long history as conductor, accompanist, and vocalist. He has also taught choral music, jazz history, voice, music appreciation and other courses at various colleges and universities throughout Southern California and recently completed 24 years serving as organist, choral director and director of music ministries at historic Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles–the oldest African-American Baptist congregation in Southern California.

Other Festival participants include:  Pomona First Baptist Celebration Choir; Susan Hitch, Bell Ringer; Temple Beth Israel’s Cantor, Paul Buch; and St. Stephen Baptist Choir from La Puente, featuring soloist, Bobby Laird, and the Anointed Hands of Praise, an American Sign Language group.

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