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Press Release: Benefit Concert Features Recent Graduates

By Debi Wong
Friday July 16, 2010 - 02:17:00 PM

I am a recent M.Mus graduate from the Yale School of Music's Voice Program. I am teaming up with a conductor from the Bay Area, and a graduate from the Choral Conducting program at Yale - Arianne Abela to give a benefit concert for the East Oakland School of the Arts. For this benefit concert we have programed a song cycle for Mezzo Soprano and piano by San Francisco composer, Joseph Gregorio, as well as Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria. Lastly we have commissioned American Composer, Colin Britt, to create a new work for Mezzo Soprano, Mixed Choir and Orchestra. His new piece "House of Clouds" written for this event will be premiered at this concert as well! 

> The chorus in this concert are alumnists from Yale University as well as the San Francisco Girl's Chorus and the orchestra is made up of professional players from the bay area who have graciously donated their time and talents. 

> The idea for this concert was inspired by a joint passion Arianne and I have for supporting and fostering music in young and aspiring artists. This is our first benefit concert, but we intend to give one every summer to support young artists and arts schools from our respective communities. I have attached a letter to this email with more details about the concert as well as the school itself. Please find the concert details below: 

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> Gloria! A Benefit to keep music in the lives of our children. 

> A benefit concert presented by Yale School of Music Alumnist and conductor, Arianne Abela, featuring Antonio Vivaldi's riveting "Gloria" as well as works written by San Francisco composer, Joseph Gregorio, and a the world premiere of "House of Clouds" by American Composer, Colin Britt. 

> This volunteer chorus, made up of alumni from Yale School of music as well as the San Francisco girl's chorus, will be supported by a professional orchestra of players from the Bay area, and emerging Mezzo Soprano, Debi Wong. 

> Join us for a wonderful evening of music and support the young aspiring artists from the East Oakland School of the Arts. 

> Friday July, 23rd, 8pm 

> St. Mark's Church 

> 2300 Bancroft Way 

> Berkeley, CA 

> Admission by donation 

> All proceeds will go to the East Oakland School of the Arts. 

> For more information, please contact: 

> Deborah Wong: