Monday, September 24, 2012

Long Beach Camerata Singers season opens Oct. 21

The Long Beach Camerata Singers is opening its 2012-2013 season with Mozart’s unforgettable Requiem on October 21. The choir will be joined by the Long Beach Camerata Symphony Orchestra and several world class soloists to perform the deeply affecting score at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

Mozart’s Requiem lay unfinished in his dying hands, and was later completed by his student Franz Süßmayr at the urging of Mozart’s wife, Constanza. The piece features several famous movements, but best known is the Lacrimosa, the last movement Mozart worked on himself.

Also on the program for Camerata’s fall concert is James MacMillan’s moving “A New Song” for organ and chorus, and Tarik O’Regan’s stunning contemporary work “The Ecstasies Above” for three choirs and string quartet.

The fall concert, directed by Robert Istad, will feature soprano soloist Patricia Prunty, mezzo-soprano I-Chin Betty Lee, tenor Nicholas Preston, and baritone James Martin Schaefer. Peter Bates will accompany on the organ. "The program is both powerful and innovative," says Robert Istad, who finds the works "intensely moving" to conduct.

Camerata will take the stage at 5:30pm on October 21, and tickets can be purchased for $25 presale or $30 at the door. Student tickets will also be available for $10. Advanced tickets can be purchased at our 24-hr online box-office by visiting

Covenant Presbyterian Church is located at 607 E. 3rd Street in Long Beach.

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