The Occidental Community Choir presents “Riding the Waves,” an eclectic concert of lyrical, heartfelt songs that will take you on a journey from the silly to the sublime. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “the only thing constant is change.” Nearly 3000 years later it is still true that we must all ride out our personal storms. The human heart has the capacity to bear great joy, sorrow and longing. In keeping with their tradition of encouraging and presenting original works, most of the concert’s songs are written by choir members. Steve Fowler’s “Rivulet” is wistful and lilting while Robin Eschner’s “Waltzing the Moon”s lush, romantic harmonies evoke a bygone era.
The musical journey continues through spirituals and gospel to songs sung in Spanish, Italian and Bulgarian. Several familiar classics, such as Cole Porter’s standard “Anything Goes” and the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” round out the program and will be presented with delightful and unexpected arrangements.
“What we create musically is magical, and comes not only from hard work, but from our sense of community,” says long time choir singer Diane Masura. Whether one is a fan of folk, world, classical, or choral music, the Occidental Community Choir’s spring concert offers something for everyone. Going strong in its 36th year, this Sonoma county treasure is not to be missed! So kick off the start of the summer music season with some real “Music From Home.”
Saturdays at 8 p.m., May 2, May 8 and May 9 at Occidental Center for the Arts. Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sunday May 10 at 3 p.m. at the Glaser Center, Santa Rosa Adults – $15 • Kids 12 and under – Free Tickets available at the door or at OccidentalChoir.org Advance tickets recommended. Concerts sell out.