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March 25, 2011 > Tri-City Choirs to Perform at Lincoln Center

Tri-City Choirs to Perform at Lincoln Center

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

What Darryl Guzman enjoys most about being a choir director is "introducing students of all ages to the joys of working together for a common goal - to make beautiful sounds within a choir."

Guzman is the industrious and long-standing choir director of five Tri-City choirs, which include three at Fremont Christian High School (FCHS), two at Centerville Presbyterian Church and one at Ohlone College. He also directs a small orchestra for the traditional service at Centerville Presbyterian.

He reminisced that his FCHS Concert Choir first performed in New York's Carnegie Hall for the National High School Choral Festival in 2004. In 2007, the choir performed at a festival at Riverside Church, also in New York City. Every other year they participate in the Association of Christian Schools International Choral Festival in Pasadena. In 2009, Guzman decided to audition not only the FCHS choir but his Ohlone College Community Chorale as well. Both choirs were accepted to perform at Carnegie Hall for the Manhattan Concert Productions' (MCP) Masterworks Festival.

This year, the Masterworks Festival has moved to the Lincoln Center, home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. MCP has not only asked Guzman's choirs to return and to perform in the new venue, it has also requested that Guzman select the musical repertoire for the festival.

"The purpose of the event is music education and educational enrichment through travel," stated Guzman. He added, "We are combining with other choirs who want to be challenged musically under the direction of a world famous choral conductor, Dr. Rene Clausen from Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota. I look forward to the opportunity to sing with my choir members under Dr. Clausen's direction. We expect to learn new techniques and sharpen our musical skills while working with him."

Guzman will bring a large contingent with him to New York on March 23: 91 individuals that will include 74 singers, eight chaperones, and nine family members/friends. Of the 74 singers, 11 are members of the church choir at Centerville Presbyterian Church. It will not be all work and no play for the group as they also intend to see the sights of New York City and catch a couple of Broadway shows (Phantom of the Opera and Lion King).

Because not all of the singers are able to go to New York, a performance that will include all 200 singers from four of Guzman's choirs, will take place on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Harbor Light Church in Fremont. Along with a full chamber orchestra and soloists, the choirs will be presenting Wilberg's "Requiem" and Clausen's "Memorial". The show is open to the public with $15 general admission ($10 for students and seniors).

Guzman admitted to delighting in seeing people "light up when a project comes together and the choir sings well." Surely, the audience at Lincoln Center will not fail to notice the light from Guzman himself, as he proudly directs his choirs.

Tri-City Choirs
Saturday, May 7
7 p.m.
Harbor Light Church
4760 Thornton Avenue, Fremont
(510) 744-2233

General Admission: $15
Students & Seniors: $10

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