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What A Wonderful World!

Jan 29, 2017 10:32PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Clarinet Fusion

On February 24, Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill unites two very vibrant and accomplished choirs. Clarinet Fusion, the Bay Area’s foremost clarinet choir, teams up with Christ the King’s fantastic adult vocal choir to present a free concert, What A Wonderful World, including such pieces as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “Jamaican Market Place.” Extra special pieces are “Mendelssohn - Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor,” in which clarinets sound like a church organ, and “O Sifuni Mungu,” a powerful African chorus with fiery syncopations. Of course, we will perform our theme song of the event, “What a Wonderful World,” and more!

These two choirs invite the local community to come together to celebrate our diverse backgrounds, assortment of religions, and variety of cultures. It is a celebration of the wonderful world in which we live and the abundant possibilities we can all pursue. All ages, all faiths, and all cultures are invited to join these very fine choirs in a great celebration of music and community.

Clarinet Fusion has been delighting audiences from around the Bay Area for many years, with performances at venues such as Lesher Center for the Arts, Event Center at Rossmoor, Blackhawk Museum, Pleasant Hill Senior Center and more. They have participated in San Francisco Symphony’s Community of Music Makers Workshops for four consecutive years under the tutelage of a symphony clarinetist and play a wide variety of music in jazz, popular, classical, and other genres.

Christ the King’s Adult Choir is led by Angela Schmidt, who also teaches music in the Lafayette School District and is a director of the Danville Girls Chorus. The church choir continues to grow in numbers and strength. They are a vital component of Christ the King’s community of committed followers. Under Angela’s direction, they continue to demonstrate diversity in their musical selections and performances.

This free concert is at 7:30pm on Friday, February 24, at Christ the King Church, 199 Brandon Rd., Pleasant Hill. For additional information, e-mail [email protected].