Western Reserve Chorale performs operas and operettas on June 5

The Western Reserve Chorale (WRC), a community chorus of approximately 100 singers based in Cleveland Heights, will present the final concert of its 2015–16 season. Of Operas and Operettas provides an opportunity to hear some of the dynamic literature from these genres.

Accompanied by Joanne Poderis, and joined by soprano Natasha Ospina Simmons, WRC will present music from Verdi's Il Trovatore, Aida and Nabucco, Wagner's Lohengrin and Tannhauser, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Purcell's Dido and Aeneus, Bizet's Carmen and others. The ensemble also will present some lighter fare from the world of operettas, including great chorus moments composed by Bernstein, Gilbert & Sullivan and Strauss.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 12601 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights. No tickets are necessary; the concert is open to the public with free-will donations accepted. There is ample free parking available, and the church is handicapped-accessible. There will be a reception immediately following the concert.  

The WRC invites any singers who are interested to consider singing with the group in the future. Rehearsals are held at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights on Tuesday evenings. WRC welcomes new members to join for next year's 25th anniversary season, beginning in September. Information on the organization is available by calling 216-791-0061 or visiting www.westernreservechorale.org.

David Gilson

David Gilson, WRC's artistic director, resides in Cleveland Heights with his wife, Suzanne, and twin daughters Hannah and Sophie.

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